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March 26, 2009
25 Fastest-Growing Occupations
America’s Career InfoNet identifies the occupations that are projected to “grow the fastest” in the coming years across all industries.

The list below reflects the top 25 fastest-growing occupations followed by the projected number of those employed in each occupation in 2016 and the percentage change of employment in the time period of 2006-2016 . Note, these are the occupations that are projected to grow the fastest (not with the most openings/sheer volume).

So, for example, while retail sales persons are projected to have the most job openings between 2006-2016, this occupation is not projected to grow as quickly as the occupations on the list below. Here are the top 25 fastest-growing occupations:

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (401,600) 53%
  2. Personal and Home Care Aides (1,155,800) 51%
  3. Home Health Aides (1,170,900) 49%
  4. Computer Software Engineers, Applications (732,500) 45%
  5. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians (100,400) 41%
  6. Personal Financial Advisors (284,400) 41%
  7. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance (3,000) 40%
  8. Medical Assistants (564,600) 35%
  9. Veterinarians (84,000) 35%
  10. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors (112,000) 34%
  11. Skin Care Specialists (51,300) 34%
  12. Financial Analysts (295,200) 34%
  13. Social and Human Service Assistants (452,600) 34%
  14. Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators (11,600) 34%
  15. Physical Therapist Assistants (79,800) 32%
  16. Pharmacy Technicians (376,400) 32%
  17. Forensic Science Technicians (17,100) 31%
  18. Dental Hygienists (217,200) 30%
  19. Mental Health Counselors (129,000) 30%
  20. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (158,800) 30%
  21. Marriage and Family Therapists (32,100) 30%
  22. Dental Assistants (361,500) 29%
  23. Computer Systems Analysts (649,600) 29%
  24. Database Administrators (153,500) 29%
  25. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software (448,700) 28%

America’s Career InfoNet ( provides data from a variety of federal and state sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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