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20 jobs of the future that will take off when the pandemic is finally over

More about BLS’ employment projections and the above ranking

All the above jobs are projected to grow faster than 7.7%, the projected total employment growth from 2020 to 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, the above jobs are all projected to see employment percent increases in the double digits, of at least 24%. 

Some jobs have a lot of ground to make up from pandemic-related job losses though, impacting their employment changes over the decade. The above ranking uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ table of the jobs with the highest projected employment percent increases from 2020 to 2030. That table in particular excludes “occupations with above average cyclical recovery.”

“These excluded occupations may have fast growth rates that do not reflect structural growth but only cyclical recovery,” BLS wrote at the bottom of the table

For instance, motion picture projectionists have a higher projected percent increase than wind turbine service technicians at 70.5%, but is excluded from the table. Other jobs that are part of a separate fastest-growing table without the exclusion include restaurant cooks, costume attendants, and makeup artists, just to name a few other occupations that have high projected job growth rates but are part of the occupations that are above average cyclical recovery.

It’s important to note that the above jobs may not see large employment growth over the 10-year period despite their high percent increases. For instance, although wind turbine service technicians are projected to grow the fastest when excluding occupations with above average cyclical recovery, this occupations is projected to grow by 4,700 over the decade.

“As additional wind turbines are erected, more windtechs will be needed to install and maintain turbines,” BLS wrote about the employment growth for this occupation. 

Home health and personal care aides, one of the fastest-growing occupations, are actually projected to grow the most. As the US population grows older, there’s a need for more of these workers with over 1.1 million projected jobs between 2020 and 2030. Home health aides is part of healthcare support occupations, the fastest-growing occupational group over the decade with a projected employment increase of 23.1%. 

“As the baby-boom generation ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for the services of home health and personal care aides will continue to increase,” BLS wrote about home health and personal care aides.

Median annual wage and education data noted above are also from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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