Great Jobs for the Future

There are a lot of different factors that can affect trends in the job market. Modern technology and the internet have rendered certain professions, like that of a travel agent, nearly obsolete, but have simultaneously introduced entirely new occupations, like app developer. Similarly, advances in medicine and longer life expectancies mean that the senior care industry is booming.

If you’re looking for a new job, or trying to decide what to get an education in, here are the top 10 fields that are expected to grow between now and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Also known as windtechs, wind turbine service technicians install, maintain and repair wind turbines. This position is expected to grow much faster than average (108 percent) in the coming decade, because the field of wind electricity generation is expected to see tremendous growth. Technicians learn their trade by attending technical school and through on-the-job training.

Occupational Therapy (aides and assistants)

Job growth for occupational therapy aides and assistants is projected to increase 40 percent between now and 2024. People who work in this field help patients who are recuperating from physical or mental illness, and it is expected to continue to be an important part of rehabilitation treatment. Assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program, while aides usually have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Physical Therapy (therapists, aides and assistants)

Working under the supervision of physical therapists, assistants and aides help patients recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited program, while aides have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training. These positions are expected to grow 40 percent, and are expected to keep growing as a result of an aging population. Physical therapy positions are expected to grow 34 percent, and those entering the field must obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides work with people with disabilities, chronic illness or cognitive impairment and help them with the activities of daily living. There is no formal education requirement for these aides, but most have at least a high school diploma. However, aides who are working in certified agencies must have formal training and pass a standardized test. This position is expected to grow 38 percent as the baby-boom population ages, increasing the number of elderly individuals in the general population.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty health care, but the scope of practice varies from state to state. They must earn at least a master’s degree, be licensed in their state and pass a national certification exam. This position is expected to grow 31 percent for the same reason as the other medical fields on this list: an aging population whose members are living longer, more active lives than people have in previous generations.