Top 25 Fastest Growing Industries

Discover what majors will secure you a job in America’s top growing industries.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the majority of in-demand careers between 2008 and 2018 — where a post secondary degree is required — are expected to account for one-third of the total job availability. The fastest growing careers and industries are concentrated in several fields, including technical consulting; scientific; computer systems design; management and healthcare are expected to provide 2.1 million jobs by 2018.

The total job growth in America is expected to increase by 15.3 million, or 10.1 percent in the next 10 years. However, job openings due to retired workers or workers who leave their company are expected to exceed twice the amount of job openings due to economic growth. There are expected to be greater job openings in the service-providing industries rather than the goods-producing industries as has been the case in the past.

The total job growth in America is expected to increase by 15.3 million, or 10.1 percent in the next 10 years.

Although there are many jobs available that only require on-the-job training or a certificate, most of the fastest growing careers require an associate’s degree or higher.

Fastest Growing Industries:

  1. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services – 83% growth
    • Management Program
    • Human Resources Degree
    • Environmental Science Degree
  2. Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities– 74% growth
  3. Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists and audiologists – 56% growth
    • Physical Therapy Degree
    • Occupational Therapy Degree
  4. Data processing, hosting, and related services – 53% growth
    • Computer Science Degree
    • Computer Support Services Degree
    • Computer Systems Security Degree
    • Networking Degree
    • Software Development Degree
    • Systems Administration Degree
    • Telecommunications Degree
    • Web Design Degree
  5. Home health care services – 46% growth
  6. Specialized design services – 46% growth
    • Interior Design Degree
    • Industrial Design Degree
    • Graphic Design Degree
  7. Computer systems design and related services – 45% growth
    • Computer Science Programs
    • Information Technology Degree
  8. Offices of mental health practitioners (except physicians) – 45% growth
    • Clinical Psychology Program
    • School Psychology Degree
  9. Other general merchandise stores – 41%
    • Management Program
    • Pharmacy Technician Degree
  10. Medical and diagnostic laboratories – 40%
    • Diagnostic and Treatment Technician Degree
    • Medical Laboratory Technician Degree
    • Healthcare Administration Degree
    • Medical Assistant Degree
  11. Offices of all other health practitioners – 37%
    • Registered Nursing Degree
    • Medical Office Assistant Degree
    • Massage Therapy Program
    • Nurse Anesthetist Degree
    • Anesthesiologist Assistant Program
  12. Veterinary services – 35%
    • Veterinary Technologist Degree
    • Veterinary Degree
    • Medical Receptionist Degree
    • Accounting Degree
  13. Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets (except copyrighted works) – 34%
    • Management Program
    • Marketing Degree
    • Accounting Schools
  14. Waste treatment and disposal – 34%
    • Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology Program
    • Hazardous Materials Management Technician Program
    • Accounting Degree
  15. Offices of physicians – 34%
    • Registered Nursing Degree
    • Medical Assistant Degree
    • Physician Assistant Degree
    • Medical Insurance Coding Degree
    • Health Information/Medical Records Degree
  16. Personal care services – 32%
    • Cosmetology Program
    • Manicurist Program
    • Barbering Program
    • Esthetician and Skin Care Program
    • Hair Styling and Hair Design Program
    • Make-up Artists Program
  17. Facilities support services – 31%
    • Criminal Justice Degree
    • Corrections Degree
    • Security Services Degree
    • Management Program
  18. Other information services – 31%
    • Library Science Degree
    • Library Assistant Program
    • Information Technology Degree
    • Computer Engineering Degree
    • Journalism Degree
    • Business/Corporate Communications Degree
    • Creative Writing Degree
    • Publishing Degree
    • Technical and Business Writing Degree
  19. Offices of chiropractors – 31%
    • Chiropractor Degree
    • Chiropractor Assistant Degree
    • Massage Therapy Degree
    • Accounting Degree
    • Physical Therapy Degree
  20. Software publishers – 30%
    • Software Development Degree
    • Computer Science Degree
    • Technical and Business Writing Degree
  21. Support activities for road transportation – 30%
    • Automobile Mechanic Technician Degree
    • Transportation and Highway Engineering Degree
    • Transportation and Transportation Management Degree
  22. Support activities for air transportation – 30%
    • Aircraft Mechanics Degree
    • Aircraft Powerplant Technology Degree
    • Commercial Flight Crew Program
  23. Plumbing, heating and air-conditioning contractors – 29%
    • Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Programs
    • Plumbing Technology Program
    • Construction Trade Program
  24. Independent artists, writers and performers – 29%
    • Acting Degree
    • Creative Writing Degree
    • Technical and Business Writing Degree
    • Audiovisual Technician Degree
    • Photography Degree
  25. Offices of dentists – 29%
    • Dentistry Degree
    • Dental Hygiene Degree

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