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Projected fastest growing occupations, 2012-2022

These 20 occupations are projected to grow the fastest over the 2012-2022 decade. Many of these fast-growing occupations are related to healthcare.

Occupation Average Annual Wages*
Industrial-Organizational psychologists $83,580
Personal care aides $19,910
Home health aides

$20,820

Insulation workers, mechanical

$39,170

Interpreters & translators

$45,430

Diagnostic medical sonographers

$65,860

Occupational therapy assistants

$53,240

Genetic counselors

$56,800

Physical therapy assistants

$52,160

Physical therapy aides

$23,880

Skincare specialists

$28,640

Physician assistants

$90,903

Segmental pavers

$33,720

Helpers — electricians

$27,670

Information security analysts

$86,170

Occupational therapy aides

$26,850

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

$81,140

Medical secretaries

$31,350

Physical therapists

$79,860

* Median annual wages, May 2012

Projected occupations with the most growth requiring Bachelor's degree, 2012-2022

As businesses continue to rely on technology, computer-related occupations are expected to experience high growth.

Occupation Average Annual Wages
General and operations managers $95,440
Elementary school teachers, except special education $53,400
Accountants and auditors $63,550
Software developers, applications $90,060
Management analysts $78,600
Market research analysts and marketing specialists $60,300
Computer systems analysts $79,680
Software developers, systems software $99,000
Construction managers  $82,790
Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education $53,430
Medical and health services managers $88,580
Personal financial advisors $67,520
Civil engineers $79,340
Cost estimators $58,860
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education $55,050
Computer and information systems managers $120,950
Recreation workers $22,240
Financial managers $109,740
Child, family and school social workers $41,530
Network and computer systems administrators $72,560

Project occupations with most growth requiring Master's, Doctoral or Professional Degree, 2012-2022

An increasing need for treatment of obesity, diabetes and other diseases is expected to account for some of the growth in healthcare occupations.

Occupation Average Annual Wages
Lawyers $113,530
Physical therapists $79,860
Health specialties teachers, secondary $81,140
Physicians and surgeons $187,200+
Pharmacists $116,670
Healthcare social workers $49,830
Nurse practitioners $89,960
Mental health counselors $40,080
Physician assistants $90,930
Occupational therapists $75,400
Postsecondary teachers, all other $64,290
Educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors $53,610
Speech-language pathologists $69,870
Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary $64,850
Education administrators, postsecondary $86,490
Rehabilitation counselors $33,880
Dentists, general $145,240
Instructional coordinators $60,050
Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary $62,160
Family and general practitioners $172,020

Projected occupations with the most growth that typically require an Associate's degree or postsecondary non-degree award, 2012-2022

Many of these occupations are also in healthcare.

Occupation Average Annual Wages
Registered nurses $65,470
Nursing assistants $24,420
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers $38,200
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses $41,540
Medical assistants $29,370
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists $22,700
Preschool teachers, except special education $27,130
Dental assistants $34,500
Dental hygienists $70,210
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers $43,640
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics $31,020
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians $37,240
Paralegals and legal assistants $46,990
Radiologic technologists $54,620
Medical records and health information technicians $34,160
Massage therapists $35,970
Surgical technologists $41,790
Physical therapy assistants $52,160
Web developers $62,500
Phlebotomists $29,730

* Median annual wages, May 2012; Data from United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Winter 2013-2014