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Jobs expected to grow the most by 2026

  • 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.

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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


     

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