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When choosing the right education and career for your future, job growth and security is an incredibly important factor to take into consideration. Projected job growth for certain positions means that there will be more career opportunities in the future, which translates into a better chance of you securing a well-paid, stable and fulfilling career in your field of choice. By taking a look at the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the United States, according to projected growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can select the right career for your future.

1. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

This is a little-known field for many, and in 2012 there were just 1,030 individuals working as industrial-organizational psychologists. This career consists of using principles of psychology in the industrial world as well as in the fields of marketing, management, sales and administration. Large corporations often hire individuals trained in this field in order to harness the potential of employees and motivate them accordingly. As the fastest growing career according to the BLS, there will be a projected 2,500 individuals working as industrial-organizational psychologists by 2022.

2. Personal Care Aides

As many of the baby boomers in the United States are enjoying retirement and old age, there is a definite increase in the need for personal care aides. Online certificates and vocational training courses are two excellent ways to prepare for a career that involves helping elderly and disabled individuals with daily tasks. Although some personal care aides may work directly in the homes of their clients, many will work in assisted living facilities, hospitals or nursing homes.

3. Home Health Aides

There are some definite similarities between the number two occupation, personal care aide, and that of number three, or home health aide. A home health aide also helps individuals who are disabled or immobile, but they tend to work directly in the homes of their clients. Primary tasks might include that of hygiene and grooming. This role can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding for those who enjoy helping others.

4. Mechanical Insulation Workers

With a growing interest in environmentally friendly architecture as well as energy efficiency, there is a marked rise in home and office insulation. It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that the men and women trained to install insulation will become increasingly needed in the United States. With a mean annual wage of $44,680, the BLS predicts a 46.7 percent growth for mechanical insulation workers over the next 10 years.

5. Interpreters and Translators

In an increasingly global world, there is a growing need for individuals who can speak more than one language fluently. If you have an interest in learning a new language, or you are fluent in two languages already, then a great career fit might be as an interpreter or translator, which is the fifth-fastest growing occupation in the United States.

6. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

A number of medical conditions, such as pregnancy, tumors or heart irregularities, are observed through the use of ultrasound equipment. As technology allows for greater diagnoses with the right tools, the medical field needs an increased number of trained individuals who can use sonograms effectively. Many diagnostic medical sonographers are able to earn the mean annual wage of $66,360 with just an associate's degree from either a traditional or an online college.

7. Helpers to Masons of Brick, Tile and Stone

With construction forecast to increase over the next decade, the BLS predicts that one of the fastest growing occupations will be the helpers to brick masons, block masons and tile setters. If you enjoy manual labor but don't want to become a mason in a specific field, then working as a helper may be a secure career choice with plenty of stability leading to 2022.

8. Occupational Therapy Assistants

Individuals who have been in an accident, injured playing sports or those who are recuperating from surgery may need the help of an occupational therapist as well as one or more assistants. This career involves assisting patients, tackling some administration duties and generally helping the occupational therapist.

9. Genetic Counselors

Currently, just over 2,000 individuals work as genetic counselors in the United States. However, the BLS predicts that number will rise to more than 3,000 by 2022, which means that it is a rapidly growing occupation. As a genetic counselor, individuals would assess risk factors for pregnant couples and help them decide the right course of action for potential children and family planning.

10. Physical Therapy Assistants

In many ways, this job is similar to that of an occupational therapy assistant, which is the number eight spot on the list. Physical therapy assistants generally require state licensing as well as an associate degree, and their daily tasks might include assisting the physical therapist or even working directly with patients in their homes.

If you are ready to earn a degree, get the right training and select a new career, one of these fastest-growing choices might be a smart place to start.


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