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    Jobs expected to grow the most by 2026

    Deciding which career to pursue after high school often involves carefully balancing passion and finance, which only becomes harder when the average college graduate holds around $37,000 in student-loan debt. For the last decade, educators from elementary schools to colleges are pushing more students toward the growing fields of science, technology, math, and engineering to better their chances of finding a good job once they enter the workforce. Critics worry the renewed focus on STEM will lead to sacrifices in other areas of U.S. education. Others see STEM as the future of the U.S. economy in the 21st century, with growth of over 20% in these fields compared to just 4% in non-STEM sectors.

    STEM occupations may be the present for the U.S. job market, but will they continue to be the wave of the future? Stacker analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data comparing 2016 statistics to projections for 2026 to rank the 100 jobs that will see the most growth over the next eight years by percentage change in jobs. If two jobs had the same projected growth, the field that employed more people was ranked higher.

    It looks like the U.S. will be riding the STEM wave for a while longer. The results reveal that over 90 of the 100 jobs on this list require some level of technical knowledge, from pipelayers to computer programmers. Read on to discover the few non-STEM jobs that managed to make the cut, and see why pursuing the health care field might be the safest bet if you’re planning on job hunting in the next few years.

    ALSO: Jobs expected to shrink the most by 2026

  • #100: Geological and petroleum technicians
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    #100: Geological and petroleum technicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 16.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 15,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 17,400


     

  • #99: Social and human service assistants
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    #99: Social and human service assistants

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 16.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 389,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 453,600


     

  • #98: Forensic science technicians
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    #98: Forensic science technicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 16.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 15,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 18,000


     

  • #97: Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
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    #97: Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 16.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 3,452,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 4,032,100


     

  • #96: Film and video editors
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    #96: Film and video editors

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17%
    Total employment in 2016: 34,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 40,000


     

  • #95: Counselors
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    #95: Counselors

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17%
    Total employment in 2016: 744,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 870,700


     

  • #94: Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners
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    #94: Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 28,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 33,400


     

  • #93: Pipelayers
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    #93: Pipelayers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 44,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 51,700


     

  • #92: Hazardous materials removal workers
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    #92: Hazardous materials removal workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 46,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 54,100


     

  • #91: Miscellaneous health practitioners and technical workers
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    #91: Miscellaneous health practitioners and technical workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 70,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 83,100


     

  • #90: Interpreters and translators
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    #90: Interpreters and translators

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 68,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 80,300


     

  • #89: Speech-language pathologists
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    #89: Speech-language pathologists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 145,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 171,000


     

  • #88: Software developers and programmers
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    #88: Software developers and programmers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 1,714,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 2,019,600


     

  • #87: Optometrists
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    #87: Optometrists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 17.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 40,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 47,400


     

  • #86: Social and community service managers
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    #86: Social and community service managers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 18%
    Total employment in 2016: 147,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 173,800


     

  • #85: Community health workers
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    #85: Community health workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 18.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 57,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 67,800


     

  • #84: Business teachers, postsecondary
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    #84: Business teachers, postsecondary

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 18.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 104,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 123,000


     

  • #83: Helpers—pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
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    #83: Helpers—pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 18.6%
    Total employment in 2016: 55,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 65,800


     

  • #82: Extraction workers
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    #82: Extraction workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 18.6%
    Total employment in 2016: 194,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 230,600


     

  • #81: Financial managers
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    #81: Financial managers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 18.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 580,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 689,000


     

  • #80: Veterinarians
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    #80: Veterinarians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 18.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 79,600
    Total projected employment in 2026: 94,600


     

  • #79: Prosthodontists
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    #79: Prosthodontists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 900
    Total projected employment in 2026: 1,100


     

  • #78: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
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    #78: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 6,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 8,100


     

  • #77: Dentists
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    #77: Dentists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 153,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 182,800


     

  • #76: Personal care and service occupations
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    #76: Personal care and service occupations

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 6,419,700
    Total projected employment in 2026: 7,647,400


     

  • #75: Computer and information research scientists
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    #75: Computer and information research scientists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 27,900
    Total projected employment in 2026: 33,200


     

  • #74: Orthodontists
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    #74: Orthodontists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 6,600
    Total projected employment in 2026: 7,800


     

  • #73: Mental health and substance abuse social workers
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    #73: Mental health and substance abuse social workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 123,900
    Total projected employment in 2026: 147,900


     

  • #72: Cartographers and photogrammetrists
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    #72: Cartographers and photogrammetrists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 12,600
    Total projected employment in 2026: 15,000


     

  • #71: Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
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    #71: Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 83,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 100,000


     

  • #70: Dentists, general
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    #70: Dentists, general

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 132,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 158,500


     

  • #69: Hearing aid specialists
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    #69: Hearing aid specialists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 6,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 8,200


     

  • #68: Ophthalmic medical technicians
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    #68: Ophthalmic medical technicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 44,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 53,200


     

  • #67: Dental assistants
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    #67: Dental assistants

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 332,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 396,600


     

  • #66: Earth drillers, except oil and gas
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    #66: Earth drillers, except oil and gas

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.6%
    Total employment in 2016: 19,600
    Total projected employment in 2026: 23,500


     

  • #65: Helpers—extraction workers
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    #65: Helpers—extraction workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 17,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 20,300


     

  • #64: Health technologists and technicians, all other
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    #64: Health technologists and technicians, all other

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 127,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 152,900


     

  • #63: Dental hygienists
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    #63: Dental hygienists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 207,900
    Total projected employment in 2026: 248,900


     

  • #62: Miscellaneous health technologists and technicians
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    #62: Miscellaneous health technologists and technicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 142,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 170,600


     

  • #61: Therapists, all other
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    #61: Therapists, all other

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 19.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 24,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 28,900


     

  • #60: Veterinary technologists and technicians
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    #60: Veterinary technologists and technicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 20%
    Total employment in 2016: 102,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 122,400


     

  • #59: Health care social workers
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    #59: Health care social workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 20.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 176,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 212,000


     

  • #58: Medical and health services managers
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    #58: Medical and health services managers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 20.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 352,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 424,300


     

  • #57: Nurse midwives
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    #57: Nurse midwives

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 20.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 6,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 7,800


     

  • #56: Audiologists
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    #56: Audiologists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 20.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 14,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 17,800


     

  • #55: Wellhead pumpers
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    #55: Wellhead pumpers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 21.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 11,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 14,000


     

  • #54: Miscellaneous health care support occupations
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    #54: Miscellaneous health care support occupations

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 21.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 1,418,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 1,727,400


     

  • #53: Animal care and service workers
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    #53: Animal care and service workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 21.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 296,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 361,000


     

  • #52: Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians
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    #52: Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 21.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 17,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 21,100


     

  • #51: Orthotists and prosthetists
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    #51: Orthotists and prosthetists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 22.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 7,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 9,500


     

  • #50: Other health care support occupations
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    #50: Other health care support occupations

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 22.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 1,579,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 1,929,800


     

  • #49: Actuaries
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    #49: Actuaries

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 22.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 23,600
    Total projected employment in 2026: 28,900


     

  • #48: Medical secretaries
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    #48: Medical secretaries

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 22.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 574,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 703,200


     

  • #47: Athletic trainers
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    #47: Athletic trainers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 22.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 27,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 34,100


     

  • #46: Therapists
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    #46: Therapists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 22.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 723,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 888,000


     

  • #45: Other personal care and service workers
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    #45: Other personal care and service workers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23%
    Total employment in 2016: 4,129,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 5,077,900


     

  • #44: Mental health counselors
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    #44: Mental health counselors

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 157,700
    Total projected employment in 2026: 194,200


     

  • #43: Diagnostic medical sonographers
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    #43: Diagnostic medical sonographers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 67,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 82,900


     

  • #42: Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
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    #42: Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 102,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 126,200


     

  • #41: Market research analysts and marketing specialists
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    #41: Market research analysts and marketing specialists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 595,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 733,700


     

  • #40: Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining
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    #40: Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 41,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 51,100


     

  • #39: Marriage and family therapists
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    #39: Marriage and family therapists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 41,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 51,200


     

  • #38: Respiratory therapists
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    #38: Respiratory therapists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 130,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 160,600


     

  • #37: Health care support occupations
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    #37: Health care support occupations

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.6%
    Total employment in 2016: 4,315,600
    Total projected employment in 2026: 5,335,200


     

  • #36: Occupational therapists
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    #36: Occupational therapists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 23.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 130,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 161,400


     

  • #35: Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary
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    #35: Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24%
    Total employment in 2016: 67,900
    Total projected employment in 2026: 84,200


     

  • #34: Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining
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    #34: Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24%
    Total employment in 2016: 69,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 85,800


     

  • #33: Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
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    #33: Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24%
    Total employment in 2016: 2,549,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 3,162,400


     

  • #32: Rotary drill operators, oil and gas
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    #32: Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 16,700
    Total projected employment in 2026: 20,800


     

  • #31: Nonfarm animal caretakers
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    #31: Nonfarm animal caretakers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24.2%
    Total employment in 2016: 241,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 300,000


     

  • #30: Phlebotomists
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    #30: Phlebotomists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 122,700
    Total projected employment in 2026: 152,800


     

  • #29: Occupational therapy aides
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    #29: Occupational therapy aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 7,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 9,300


     

  • #28: Roustabouts, oil and gas
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    #28: Roustabouts, oil and gas

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 24.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 50,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 62,400


     

  • #27: Health teachers, postsecondary
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    #27: Health teachers, postsecondary

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 25.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 301,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 378,300


     

  • #26: Derrick operators, oil and gas
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    #26: Derrick operators, oil and gas

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 25.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 11,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 13,900


     

  • #25: Health specialties teachers, postsecondary
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    #25: Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 25.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 233,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 294,000


     

  • #24: Massage therapists
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    #24: Massage therapists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 26.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 160,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 202,400


     

  • #23: Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists
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    #23: Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 26.6%
    Total employment in 2016: 1,700
    Total projected employment in 2026: 2,200


     

  • #22: Operations research analysts
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    #22: Operations research analysts

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 27.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 114,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 145,300


     

  • #21: Mathematical science occupations
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    #21: Mathematical science occupations

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 27.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 180,700
    Total projected employment in 2026: 231,000


     

  • #20: Physical therapists
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    #20: Physical therapists

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 28%
    Total employment in 2016: 239,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 306,900


     

  • #19: Occupational therapy assistants and aides
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    #19: Occupational therapy assistants and aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 28.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 46,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 60,000


     

  • #18: Information security analysts
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    #18: Information security analysts

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 28.5%
    Total employment in 2016: 100,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 128,500


     

  • #17: Occupational therapy assistants
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    #17: Occupational therapy assistants

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 28.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 39,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 50,700


     

  • #16: Genetic counselors
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    #16: Genetic counselors

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 29%
    Total employment in 2016: 3,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 4,000


     

  • #15: Medical assistants
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    #15: Medical assistants

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 29%
    Total employment in 2016: 634,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 818,400


     

  • #14: Bicycle repairers
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    #14: Bicycle repairers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 29.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 12,400
    Total projected employment in 2026: 16,100


     

  • #13: Physical therapist aides
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    #13: Physical therapist aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 29.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 52,000
    Total projected employment in 2026: 67,200


     

  • #12: Mathematicians
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    #12: Mathematicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 29.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 3,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 4,000


     

  • #11: Occupational therapy and physical therapist assistants and aides
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    #11: Occupational therapy and physical therapist assistants and aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 29.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 187,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 243,000


     

  • #10: Physical therapist assistants and aides
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    #10: Physical therapist assistants and aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 30.4%
    Total employment in 2016: 140,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 183,000


     

  • #9: Software developers, applications
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    #9: Software developers, applications

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 30.7%
    Total employment in 2016: 831,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 1,086,600


     

  • #8: Physical therapist assistants
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    #8: Physical therapist assistants

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 31%
    Total employment in 2016: 88,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 115,800


     

  • #7: Statisticians
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    #7: Statisticians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 33.8%
    Total employment in 2016: 37,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 49,800


     

  • #6: Nurse practitioners
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    #6: Nurse practitioners

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 36.1%
    Total employment in 2016: 155,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 211,600


     

  • #5: Physician assistants
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    #5: Physician assistants

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 37.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 106,200
    Total projected employment in 2026: 145,900


     

  • #4: Personal care aides
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    #4: Personal care aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 38.6%
    Total employment in 2016: 2,016,100
    Total projected employment in 2026: 2,793,800


     

  • #3: Home health aides
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    #3: Home health aides

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 47.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 911,500
    Total projected employment in 2026: 1,342,700


     

  • #2: Wind turbine service technicians
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    #2: Wind turbine service technicians

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 96.3%
    Total employment in 2016: 5,800
    Total projected employment in 2026: 11,300


     

  • #1: Solar photovoltaic installers
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    #1: Solar photovoltaic installers

    Projected percent change in employment between 2016 and 2026: 104.9%
    Total employment in 2016: 11,300
    Total projected employment in 2026: 23,100


     

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