As the economy grows and technology develops, the career landscape changes accordingly. Some jobs are expected to increase more than others in the coming years. Areas with expected growth include home health care, energy, education, mathematics, etc.
The following is a snapshot of 10 of the fastest growing occupations from 2018 to 2028:
Photovoltaic Panel Installer
Solar photovoltaic installers assemble, install and maintain all kinds of solar panel systems. Many of these systems are located on rooftops or other structures. As solar energy becomes more common, there will be more and more jobs for photovoltaic installers.
Photovoltaic installers must understand complex electrical and mechanical equipment. They must also be comfortable standing – and outdoors – most of the day.
To become a photovoltaic installer, you usually need at least a high school diploma. Many community colleges and vocational schools offer courses in photovoltaic panel design and installation. Photovoltaic installers also receive on-the-job training.
If you are interested in solar energy and have mechanical skills, this job may be for you.
Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician
Just like jobs for photovoltaic installers, jobs for wind turbine technicians will also increase as people turn to other energy sources – in this case, wind. Also known as wind technology, wind turbine service technicians assemble, install, maintain and repair wind turbines.
Wind turbine technicians must be comfortable working in confined spaces (wind turbines) and at great heights. They usually learn the trade through courses at community colleges or trade schools, many of which offer associate certificates and diplomas in wind energy technology.
Home health and personal care assistance
Home support workers and caregivers provide assistance to elderly, disabled or sick people who need help in their daily lives. Helpers assist with eating, bathing and dressing, and may also be responsible for administering medication or checking vital signs.
Caregivers and home support workers usually work in a client’s home, but are sometimes employed in group homes or assisted living facilities.
Most home health and personal care aides require assessment or certification to work, depending on the state in which they live. Some states require more formal training in the form of courses at vocational schools, community colleges, or similar programs.
Occupational therapy assistant and aide
Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients maintain, develop or recover their life skills. Assistants and helpers work under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy assistants help patients with exercises and stretching and teach them how to use adaptive equipment. Occupational therapy assistants clean and prepare treatment areas and equipment and perform administrative tasks such as booking appointments.
Occupational therapy assistants usually have an associate’s degree from a community college or technical school and a government license. Occupational therapy assistants have on-the-job training and often begin with previous health care experience and a high school diploma. Assistants and helpers require certification in CPR and basic life support.
Information Security Analyst
Doing business in the digital age means protecting consumers’ private data – or risking nasty public relations and potential legal problems. 6 To minimize their exposure and protect their customers, companies hire information security analysts to prevent breaches and investigate intrusions when they occur.
Information security analysts typically have a bachelor’s degree in an IT-related field of study. Some employers prefer candidates with certifications and/or an MBA.
A physician’s assistant performs physical examinations, diagnoses and treats illnesses, and performs a number of other duties under the supervision of a physician.
Although a physician’s assistant does not have to go to medical school or complete a residency (like most physicians), he or she must complete a master’s degree program, which usually lasts two years. He or she must be certified before practicing.
Statistician and Mathematician
Mathematicians and statisticians analyze data and perform a variety of mathematical functions to solve real-word problems. For example, they may design surveys or opinion polls to collect data, or analyze survey data to help a company improve its business. Many mathematicians and statisticians work for the government, while others work in research institutes.
Most, but not all, have at least a master’s degree in mathematics or statistics. Some, however (particularly statisticians), have only a bachelor’s degree, particularly for entry-level jobs.