When experts talk about fast-growing industries with lots of jobs, healthcare is often mentioned. In fact, approximately 28 percent of all new jobs will be created in this industry through 2018, according to the US Department of Labor -- this translates to 3.2 million new healthcare positions.
But where else are jobs growing within the US economy? Many people switching careers or assessing their education and training options aren't interested in healthcare. Are there other rewarding, rapidly growing jobs that may be a better fit for them?
According to the latest edition of 100 Fastest-Growing Careers, there are many. In the book, author Michael Farr identifies and discusses the 100 occupations with the highest growth projections through the year 2018, based on information from the US Department of Labor.
"Rapidly growing jobs will often be more attractive career options than jobs that are not growing quickly," Farr says. "Often, these jobs offer better-than-average opportunities for employment and job security. For this reason, you should pay attention to jobs that are projected to grow quickly."
Below are some of the fastest-growing occupations, outside of healthcare, featured in 100 Fastest-Growing Careers:
Teachers: Self-Enrichment Education: Growth through 2018: 32 percent
Computer Network, Systems and Database Administrators: Growth through 2018: 30 percent
Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers: Growth through 2018: 28 percent
Market and Survey Researchers: Growth through 2018: 28 percent
Accountants and Auditors: Growth through 2018: 22 percent
Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists: Growth through 2018: 22 percent
Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers: Growth through 2018: 21 percent
Barbers, Cosmetologists and Other Personal Appearance Workers: Growth through 2018: 20 percent
Construction Laborers: Growth through 2018: 20 percent