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Fastest growing occupations that earn over $75,000 per year

  • Fastest growing occupations that earn over $75,000 per year

    The unemployment rate in the United States has decreased drastically over the past year or so, meaning there are more jobs than ever before and many people—especially those just entering the workforce—are able to find jobs in their respective fields with some ease. With booms in tech and healthcare, industries and occupations are developing rapidly. Certain occupations, such as mechanical engineers and human resources managers, are projected to grow by more than 8% (from 2016 to 2026) and are expected to pay on average $87,000 and $113,000 dollars respectively.

    Stacker analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, which was last updated on April 12, 2019, to determine the fastest-growing occupations that earn more than a median annual wage of $75,000. The Occupational Outlook Handbook shows that, out of 818 total occupations, only 148 have a median annual pay of $75,000 or more, which accounts for roughly 18% of occupations. Slides are ranked by projected growth rate from 2016 to 2026 and ties were broken by the 2018 median annual wage. Any occupations that had the phrase “all other” in them were not included, as these occupations usually entail several similar jobs and cannot give accurate or detailed wage and growth data.

    Many of these occupations only require a bachelor's degree, while some require doctoral or professional degrees and even fewer only require a high school diploma. For those interested in pursuing a lucrative career but unsure of where to start, this list provides a general understanding of which occupations to pursue across industries, what each occupation entails, and what skills are necessary to excel in these careers.

    Keep reading to find out more about the fastest growing occupations in the United States that earn more than $75,000 per year.

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  • #50. Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 8.49%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 25,900
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +2,200
    - 2018 median annual wage: $89,130
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Health and safety engineers inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment with the intention of identifying and correcting potential hazards. These engineers need critical thinking skills to spot potential problems and creativity when it comes to creating solutions. This occupation is expected to increase as buildings, products, and processes become increasingly more complex.

  • #49. Mechanical engineers

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 8.76%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 288,800
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +25,300
    - 2018 median annual wage: $87,370
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Mechanical engineers design and develop mechanical devices, such as tools and machines. These types of engineers mainly work in offices, with some travel to work sites. They participate in research and development and manufacturing of products, indicating that they need technical skills as well as interpersonal skills. These occupations are expected to increase as a result of the advances in technology.

  • #48. Human resources managers

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 9.04%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 136,100
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +12,300
    - 2018 median annual wage: $113,300
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Human resources managers oversee recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff. They also plan and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. Managers typically have five or more years of experience and require extremely strong interpersonal skills. HR manager positions are expected to increase by a little over 9% as new companies form and existing companies grow.

  • #47. Computer systems analysts

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 9.06%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 600,500
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +54,400
    - 2018 median annual wage: $88,740
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Computer systems analysts evaluate a company's computer systems and procedures and design solutions to help organizations operate efficiently. Analytical skills, communication skills, and creativity are very important skills to have in order to be effective in this job. The increase in demand for this occupation stems from the new widespread usage of cloud computing as well as an increase in IT services in new industries, such as healthcare.

  • #46. Advertising and promotions managers

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 9.54%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 249,600
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +23,800
    - 2018 median annual wage: $132,620
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Advertising and promotions managers create programs to drive interest in a product or service. Managers typically have previous experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales and require strong communication, decision-making, and interpersonal skills, among others. This occupation is expected to grow faster than average as companies seek to maintain and expand their marketplace shares.

  • #45. Financial examiners

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 9.71%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 52,500
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +5,100
    - 2018 median annual wage: $80,180
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Financial examiners review balance sheets, evaluate risk levels, and assess bank management as well as ensure compliance with laws and regulations. This occupation requires knowledge and training in accounting, as well as math, writing, and analytical skills. With a roughly expected 10% increase, financial examiners are in demand as financial institutions need assistance with federal regulatory compliance.

  • #44. Industrial engineers

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 9.73%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 257,900
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +25,100
    - 2018 median annual wage: $87,040
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Industrial engineers create efficient systems that integrate machines, materials workers, and information to provide a service or produce a product. These types of engineers need critical-thinking skills, math, and problem-solving skills, as well as communication skills to be successful. Employment of this occupation is expected to increase at a faster than average rate of 10% as companies will continue to seek innovative ways to contain costs and improve efficiency.

  • #43. Natural sciences managers

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 9.88%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 56,700
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +5,600
    - 2018 median annual wage: $123,860
    - Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree

    Natural sciences managers supervise scientists, such as chemists, physicists, and biologists, and the work that they produce—mainly focusing on research and development testing, quality control, and production. Most people in this profession work as scientists prior to becoming managers and have strong leadership, interpersonal, and time-management skills. Employment of natural sciences managers is projected to grow at a rate of 10%, similar to the rate of employment for scientists in this field.

     

  • #42. Nuclear medicine technologists

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 9.95%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 20,100
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +2,000
    - 2018 median annual wage: $76,820
    - Typical entry-level education: Associate's degree

    Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive drugs to patients for imaging or therapeutic purposes. Certification and licensure are recommended for this occupation, and technologists need to be detail-oriented, compassionate, and able to use technology. Technologist positions are expected to increase at a faster rate than average as a result of the aging population that may need more nuclear medical treatment.

  • #41. Podiatrists

    - Projected job growth rate 2016-2026: 10.00%
    - Number of jobs in 2016: 11,000
    - Projected employment change 2016-2026: +1,100
    - 2018 median annual wage: $129,550
    - Typical entry-level education: Doctoral or professional degree

    Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care and support for people with foot, ankle, or lower leg problems. They must have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree as well as three years of residency. Due to the aging population, podiatrist employment is projected to increase at a rate faster than average at 10%.

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