These 14 Jobs Will Grow the Fastest Between Now and 2031

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Updated April 11, 2024
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Some jobs may have better prospects than others when it comes to short-term gains, but what about long-term growth?

If you're trying to decide what career to pursue, you probably want one with good growth prospects to help boost your bank account.

Check out these jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects to grow the most by 2031. And remember that the average national growth rate for 2021 to 2031 is 5% for all jobs.

14. Physical therapist assistant

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Growth rate: 26%

Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of physical therapists to help clients regain movement after an injury or illness.

All states require physical therapy assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited program. You can expect to earn a median annual income of $61,180 per year, according to the BLS.

13. Solar photovoltaic installer

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Growth rate: 27%

If you’re interested in a job in new energy fields, you might want to consider becoming a solar photovoltaic installer. These specialized installers are responsible for setting up and maintaining solar panel systems to generate energy.

Solar photovoltaic installers usually need a high school diploma and either technical and vocational school training or on-the-job training to earn a median annual wage of $47,670.

12. Animal trainer

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Growth rate: 27%

Animal trainers can be hired by clients to train many different types of animals. You can become an animal trainer with a high school diploma as well as through on-the-job training. 

Employers may also expect you to have previous experience working with animals. Training animals can earn you a median annual income of $31,280.

11. Physician assistant

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Growth rate: 28%

Another growing job in the health care industry is physician assistant. You can take on clients for a variety of health care needs and work under the supervision of a doctor or physician.

Physician assistants make $121,530 in median annual income, but that could vary depending on where you work and what field you specialize in. You’ll also likely need a master’s degree to work and be licensed in your state.

10. Logistician

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Growth rate: 28%

A logistician is responsible for managing supply-chain issues by organizing and coordinating plans for supply chains.

Logisticians usually need a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management and logistics, business, or another field. You can make a median annual salary of $77,030, according to the BLS.

9. Health services manager

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Growth rate: 28%

Health services managers deal with the business side of health care such as preparing budgets for medical departments, organizing records for facilities, or improving the quality of services.

A bachelor’s degree is helpful to enter the field, and some health services managers may even have a master’s degree. You can expect to earn a median salary of $101,340 per year.

8. Choreographer

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Growth rate: 30%

Choreographers develop performances and routines that are done by dancers in a variety of settings, including sports, cheer, and theater.

You'll need training and experience as a dancer to take on a career as a choreographer. According to the BLS, you can expect to earn a median annual wage of $40,498.

7. Web developer

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Growth rate: 30%

Web developers create and maintain websites for clients. You may be responsible for building websites or content for web pages for your clients.

Web developers can take on jobs with at least a high school diploma though some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. You can expect to earn a median annual salary of $78,300.

6. Statistician

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Growth rate: 33%

Statisticians review data and use it to find different answers to questions or analyze it to solve problems.

A statistician usually needs a bachelor’s degree in math or a related field and can expect to earn a median annual income of $95,570, according to the BLS.

5. Information security analyst

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Growth rate: 35%

An information security analyst is responsible for planning and executing security measures for an organization or company’s computer network.

You usually need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. You can make a median annual salary of $102,600, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4. Athlete

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Growth rate: 36%

Athletes compete in organized sports events either as an individual or as part of a team to entertain spectators.

Athletes don’t need any formal education like a high school or college degree, but do need extensive training in their particular field. The median annual pay for an athlete is $77,300.

3. Data scientist

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Growth rate: 36%

Data scientists use specific tools and techniques to help you organize data and come up with specific conclusions as part of their study of particular information.

Data scientists usually need a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or a related field and can earn a median annual income of $100,910.

2. Wind turbine technician

Kannapat/Adobe maintenance engineer man working in wind turbine

Growth rate: 44%

As clean electricity options increase, there will be more demand for wind turbine technicians who are responsible for maintaining and repairing wind turbines.

Technicians typically receive on-the-job training and can earn a median annual salary of $56,260, according to the BLS.

1. Nurse practitioner

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Growth rate: 46%

Nurse practitioners coordinate patient care and may be responsible for interacting with patients in providing general or specific care.

A nurse practitioner can expect to earn a median annual salary of $123,780, according to the BLS. You’ll need at least a master’s degree in the field as well as a license from the state where you practice.

Bottom line

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If you want to stop living paycheck to paycheck, consider a career in a growing field in which you can earn a good living. If you prepare yourself now, you may find you will lead the competition as the field grows.

Remember to do some digging before you pursue any careers on this list to find out the requirements for each position or see which field that’s right for you.

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