These Could Be the Hottest 10 Jobs This Decade
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With new job roles, products and industries emerging that didn’t even exist a decade ago—self-driving cars and drones, anyone?—the work world is evolving almost as quickly as you can update your resume.

And if you want to keep your own career fresh, you’d better stay on top of the latest developments, says Josh Wright of ESMI, a labor market analytics firm. “It’s very worthwhile for jobseekers to know what jobs are emerging and in demand, what skills employers are seeking and how all of that lines up with their interests and passions,” he says.

Curious which careers are on fire right now? We analyzed ESMI’s data on the latest job titles to be added to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and then ranked* the top 10. (You can check out the methodology at the end of the article.) Each one is experiencing high demand—and is projected to continue doing so over the next decade—and offers generous median salaries.

10. Computer Network Support Specialists

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 198,210
Projected 10-year growth rate: 12.5 percent
Median annual pay: $62,922
Typical education required: Associate’s degree

Found in IT departments nationwide, these specialized workers have emerged across all industries—particularly in computer systems design (of course) and telecommunications, which have adopted increasingly complex networks to keep their businesses running. As hardware and software evolve, you can expect continued growth, especially in New York City and Dallas—two of the metro areas with the highest employment of computer network specialists, according to the BLS.

9. Hearing Aid Specialists

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 6,299
Projected 10-year growth rate: 24.3 percent
Median annual pay: $51,468
Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

These workers administer and interpret hearing tests primarily in pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices, as well as assist customers with picking out and fitting their hearing aids. The aging U.S. population is expected to help boost further need for these specialists.

8. Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 7,061
Projected 10-year growth rate: 62.1 percent
Median annual pay: $44,658
Typical education required: Some college

The push for more eco-friendly energy sources is fueling demand for wind techs, who install and maintain wind turbines—mostly in places like Texas, California and Minnesota. Technicians typically attend technical school for a two-year program and continue training on the job in your first year. (There are a growing number of other opportunities in the renewable energy industries too.)

7. Computer Network Architects

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 150,524
Projected 10-year growth rate: 12.2 percent
Median annual pay: $98,528
Typical education required: Bachelor’s degree

Network architects design and build data communication networks, which can be as small as connecting two offices or as big as creating a cloud infrastructure to link many users nationwide. On top of a college degree (usually in computer science or a related field), you’d typically need at least five years of experience in the industry—for example, as a network and computer systems administrator or a computer systems analyst—to nab this gig.

6. Genetic Counselors

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 2,541
Projected 10-year growth rate: 18.9 percent
Median annual pay: $70,559
Typical education required: Master’s degree

These healthcare professionals can assess a patient’s risk for a variety of hereditary conditions, such as certain types of cancer, Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis. Most counselors specialize in prenatal, cancer and pediatric care, and often work in hospitals, doctors’ offices and medical labs. The advancement of testing possibilities has created greater opportunities for these workers and their services.

In order to become one, you usually have to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology or another health care-related field, a master’s in genetic counseling or genetics, and finally, become certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

July 8, 2016

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