January 29, 2023

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The 10 Fastest-Growing Jobs for the Next 10 Years

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The job landscape is always changing, based on the needs of the market. The latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ jobs projections, for 2021 through 2031, show the U.S. gaining 8.4 million new jobs over that time.

The BLS projections have the health care and social assistance sector adding the most new jobs, with the most rapid growth in leisure and hospitality, as that industry recovers from the pandemic.

If you’re looking for a job that’s likely to be around a decade from now, read on for the fastest-growing occupations, ranked by their rate of projected growth.

To see which occupations to avoid, read “10 Jobs That Will Shrink the Fastest Over the Next Decade.”

1. Nurse practitioners

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Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 45.7%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 112,700 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $120,680

Nurse practitioners are among the most highly compensated types of nurses, as we detail in “Here’s How Much Nurses Make in Every State.”

2. Wind turbine service technicians

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Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 44.3%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 4,900 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $56,260

3. Ushers, lobby attendants and ticket takers

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Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 40.5%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 25,600 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $24,440

4. Motion picture projectionists

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Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 40.3%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 800 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $29,350

5. Restaurant cooks

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Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 36.6%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 459,900 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $30,010

6. Data scientists

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Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 35.8%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 40,500 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $100,910

7. Athletes and sports competitors

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Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 35.7%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 5,700 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $77,300

8. Information security analysts

Information security analystleo_photo / Shutterstock.com

Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 34.7%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 56,500 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $102,600

9. Statisticians

Woman looking at financial chart on tablet computerWright Studio / Shutterstock.com

Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 32.7%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 11,200 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $95,570

10. Umpires, referees and other sports officials

Umpire baseballFuller Photography / Shutterstock.com

Projected job growth rate for 2021-2031: 31.7%

Projected job increase for 2021-2031: 4,200 jobs

Median annual wage as of May 2021: $35,860