25 Growing Career Fields You May Not Have Considered

When you were a kid, your dreams of becoming an astronaut, rock star, princess, or president seemed entirely plausible. Now that you're older, you've realized that certain dream occupations are less attainable, and it may be worthwhile to focus your career search on jobs with more realistic and promising outlooks.

According to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many of the jobs projected to have the largest or fastest growth between 2010 and 2020 are in desirable (and some surprising) career fields. Check out the lists below to see which occupations are growing in the fields of business, education, healthcare and technology and where you can get a degree to prepare you for your ideal career.

Medicine and Health

Top Jobs in Medicine and Health

Healthcare is among the largest growing occupational group for the 2010-2020 decade (29% overall growth), according to the BLS. This translates into 3.5 million new jobs based on a growing demand for healthcare professionals, particularly registered nurses and home health aides. If helping people motivates you and you want a good chance of employment, you may find your ideal career path in healthcare. Click on the links in the list below to learn more about career and education info and school options.

#1) Registered Nurse

#2) Pharmacy Technician

#3) Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides

#4) Physical Therapist Aide

#5) Medical Coder

#6) Medical and Health Services Manager

#7) Nursing Home Administrator

  • Educational Requirements: At least a bachelor's degree.
  • Editors' Suggested School: Walden University: BS in Health Studies in Health Management

Top Jobs in Education


This may be surprising news for Ph.D. students who've heard nothing but doom-and-gloom predictions for the academic job market, but the BLS lists postsecondary teaching as one of the largest job growth sectors in the U.S. About 306,000 new college teaching positions are projected for the 2010-2020 decade, and teaching occupations in elementary and secondary schools also project favorable job growth. If you're interested in shaping the minds of children, young adults, and adult learners, you may find your ideal career in the academic world. Click on the links below to learn more about career and education info and school options.

#8) Postsecondary Teachers

#9) Kindergarten Teacher

#10) Elementary school teacher

#11) Elementary and secondary school principal

#12) Teacher Assistants

#13) Special Education Teacher

#14) ESL Teacher

Top Jobs in Computer Science

Computer Science

Technology runs the backbone of many industries, from healthcare and business to finance and education. Whether you're interested in hardware, software, Internet services or mobile apps, jobs in this industry are plentiful. Though you can find degree programs in many IT specializations, a computer science degree offers practical application and theory to give you a well-rounded education for today's job market. You can also use it as a springboard for grad school, certification, or management training in order to advance your career. Find out more about career options, educational requirements and schools suggested by our editors using the links below.

#15) Database administrator

#16) Software developer

#17) Network and systems administrator

#18) Computer systems analyst

#19) Web developer, network architect, or information security analyst

#20) Computer support specialist

Top Jobs in Accounting


At first glance, a career in accounting may not sound like the most engaging field, but according to the BLS, upwards of 191,000 new accounting and auditing jobs are anticipated between 2010 and 2020, and an accounting degree offers plenty of other opportunities with solid job prospects. Though not all jobs need a Certified Public Accountant license, obtaining your CPA could also broaden your options and look great on your resume. If you've got a head for numbers and enjoy finance and business, check out the table below for potential career options. Learn about potential career options and educational requirements along with schools suggested by our editors using the links below.

#21) Personal financial advisor

#22) Financial examiner

#23) Financial analyst

  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor's degree.
  • Editors' Suggested School: Walden University: BS in Business Administration - Finance

#24) Management analyst

#25) Accountant

  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor's degree, plus certification.
  • Editors' Suggested School: DeVry University: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

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