8 Fastest-Growing Jobs in the United States

Whether you’re a high school student exploring possible career paths, a college student trying to choose a major, or someone looking to enter a job field with a promising outlook, this list can help guide your decision.

Here is a look at eight careers predicted to grow much faster than average from now until 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some jobs we expected to see making the cut once again (science and tech jobs are always in demand), and others were a bit more surprising. Read on for a summary of each job, average salary information, and the education required to pursue these careers.

Home Health Aides

What They Do:

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Assist those who are disabled, suffer from chronic illness, or need assistance in their old age. Help with personal tasks, light housekeeping, and provide companionship. They may check vital signs or administer medication under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

What They Earn:

In 2010, the median salary was $20,560.

Education Required:

None, although some hospice agencies require formal training and passing a standardized test.

Biomedical Engineers   

What They Do:

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Analyze and create solutions to problems in biology and medicine, aiming to improve the quality and effectiveness of caring for patients. Design instruments and devices such as artificial organs and body parts. Conduct research to develop new procedures or solve clinical problems.

What They Earn:

$81,540

Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, or a bachelor’s in any engineering field with a graduate degree in biomedical engineering.

Veterinary Technicians

What They Do:

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What They Earn:

$29,710

Education Required:

2-year associate’s degree, passing a credentialing exam, and becoming registered, licensed, or certified.

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

What They Do:

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Coordinate all aspects of professional meetings and events, such as weddings, conferences, and business conventions. Plan and handle logistics of location, cost, transportation, and food service. Work with clients and outside service providers, such as caterers and photographers, and oversee finances.

What They Earn:

$45,260

Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in hospitality management, and related work experience in planning.

Interpreters and Translators

interpreterWhat They Do:

Convert information from one language to another in order to aid communication. Although some people do both, interpreters work in spoken words or sign language, while translators work in written language. Interpreters and translators work in a number of specialized areas, such as health and medical, legal, political, literary, or international travel.

What They Earn:

$43,300

Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree, although the most important requirement is fluency in English and at least one other language.

Market Research Analysts

market-researcher What They Do:

Study and monitor trends in sales and marketing to understand what types of products people want, who will buy them, and what they should cost. Collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of marketing strategies, using interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, and public opinion polls. Interpret data and present findings to help create successful advertising campaigns.

What They Earn:

$60,570

Education Required:

Bachelor’s degree in a math, computer science, or business administration field, sometimes a master’s degree.

Marriage and Family Therapists

marriage-and-family-therapistWhat They Do:

Help people deal with and overcome problems in their family and relationships, by encouraging clients to discuss their emotions and experiences. Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, such as anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, and substance abuse. Develop strategies and skills to help clients adjust to life changes such as divorce, layoffs, and decisions about their future.

What They Earn:

$39,710

Education Required:

Master’s degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy and a license to practice.

Audiologists 

audiologistWhat They Do:

Use specialized testing equipment and procedures to diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, and other ear-related problems. Fit patients with hearing aids or cochlear implants to improve hearing. Monitor progress and advise patients and their families on ways to cope with hearing loss and alternative methods of communication, such as by lip reading or using sign language.

What They Earn:

$66,660

Education Required:

Doctoral degree in audiology and license to practice (requirements vary in each state).

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