We recently listed 25 jobs you should probably avoid when planning your career. Now we’re looking at those you might want to look into.
Since 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has been projecting the jobs that will decline and grow the fastest by 2026. Earlier this month, the agency updated these statistics and we showed you the dying professions. That means jobs projected to have fewer job openings and decreasing demand for people to work in those professions.
Of the 818 jobs the Bureau tracks, the occupation with the worst future was locomotive firers, followed by respiratory therapy technicians, and parking enforcement workers. So, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect career, you probably shouldn’t choose one of those.
At the other end of the spectrum are the jobs with secure futures, meaning that demand for these positions will grow and there will lots of jobs that need filling. At the top of that list is solar photovoltaic installers, followed by wind turbine service technicians, and home health aides.
We listed these jobs below, along with their Canadian salaries.
Not all of them pay a lot. The highest paid position is physician assistant, which earns an average salary of $93,600, while home health aides and personal care aides earn less than everyone else on this list at about $33,000. Though one assumes that might be about to change as demand for people to fill these positions grows alongside the aging population.
Most of the jobs are, unsurprisingly, in tech and healthcare, with a few skilled trades.
Here are the 25 jobs projected to grow the fastest between now and 2026. If you’re looking for the right career, one of these might be for you.
- Solar photovoltaic installers – $41,600
- Wind turbine service technicians – $52,728
- Home health aides – $32,864
- Personal care aides -$32,864
- Physician assistants – $93.600
- Nurse practitioners – $93,600
- Statisticians – $89,149
- Physical therapist assistants – $47,840
- Software developers, applications – $75,005
- Mathematicians – $89.149
- Physical therapist aides – $47,840
- Bicycle repairers $41,600
- Medical assistants – $40,144
- Genetic counselors – $57,491
- Occupational therapy assistants – $47,840
- Information security analysts – $79,997
- Physical therapists – $75,920
- Operations research analysts – $89,149
- Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists – $54,080
- Massage therapists – $51,750
- Health specialties teachers, postsecondary – $76,253
- Derrick operators, oil and gas – $62,400
- Roustabouts, oil and gas – $52,000
- Occupational therapy aides – $40,144
- Phlebotomists – $51,376