The fastest growing and declining jobs 2020-2030

fastest growing and declining jobs

Looking for a new career? These are the jobs projected to see the fastest growth and decline over the next ten years. The fastest growing and declining jobs 2020-2030.

We all know the employment landscape is ever-changing and that there are no guarantees that the career you choose at one time will be viable at a later time. You never know what developments or disruptors may come along. Life is uncertain.

That being said, there are some jobs projected to show bigger growth than others over the next 10 years, and others are projected to see slower growth.

The people at Visual Capitalist decided to make lists of what is projected to be the fastest-growing and fastest declining jobs of the next decade. So, if you’re looking for a new field, you might consider the jobs on one list and avoid those on the other.

They used data from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) and we’ve added Canadian salaries (so, the growth data is American but Canada often has comparable. To avoid skewed numbers, they also excluded occupations with above-average cyclical recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (because, as far as we understand it, these jobs are booming right now but will level off). The jobs they removed included motion picture projectionists, ticket takers, and restaurant cooks. The resulting list reflects long-term structural growth.

Here are the jobs projected to see the fastest growth from 2020 to 2030 along with the median pay for the position. As you will see, almost all of the top jobs are in tech and healthcare.

The top 10 fastest-growing jobs 2020-2030

Occupation: Wind turbine service technicians
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 68.2%
Median annual wage, 2020: $56,160

Occupation: Nurse practitioners
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 52.2%    
Median annual wage, 2020: $88,789

Occupation: Solar photovoltaic installers
Percent employment change, 2020–2030:  52.1%
Median annual wage, 2020: $68,164

Occupation: Statisticians
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 35.4%
Median annual wage, 2020: $67,978

Occupation: Physical therapist assistants
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 35.4%
Median annual wage, 2020: $41,246

Occupation: Information security analysts
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 33.3%
Median annual wage, 2020: $69,690

Occupation: Home health and personal care aides
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 32.6%
Median annual wage, 2020: $32,822

Occupation: Medical and health services managers
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 32.5%
Median annual wage, 2020: $65,375

Occupation: Data scientists and mathematical science occupations
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 31.4%
Median annual wage, 2020: $79,247 (Data scientists)

Occupation: Physician assistants       
Percent employment change, 2020–2030: 31.0%
Median annual wage, 2020: $79,527

The top 10 fastest declining jobs 2020–2030

As for the jobs expected to see the fastest decline from 2020 to 2030, here they are along with their projected percent annual change:

Occupation: Word processors and typists
Percent employment change: -36.0%

Occupation: Parking enforcement workers
Percent employment change: -35.0%

Occupation: Nuclear power reactor operators         
Percent employment change: -32.9%

Occupation: Hand cutters and trimmers
Percent employment change: -29.7%

Occupation: Telephone operators
Percent employment change: -25.4%

Occupation: Watch and clock repairers
Percent employment change:  -24.9%

Occupation: Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers 
Percent employment change: -24.1%

Occupation: Switchboard operators, including answering service
Percent employment change: -22.7%

Occupation: Data entry keyers
Percent employment change: -22.5%

Occupation: Shoe machine operators and tenders
Percent employment change: -21.6%

Automation is clearly what’s at play here. Avoid sectors and jobs that have a high likelihood of being automated.

As for the one standout high-paying job on this list, Nuclear power reactor operators (they earn salaries of over $100,000), the decline is said to be explained by the fact that no new nuclear plants have opened since the 1990s and nuclear power faces steep competition from renewable energy sources.

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