Vets: Keep an Eye on the 30 Fastest-Growing Jobs


If you're in school or in the service waiting for the abysmal job market to rebound, there's good news on the employment front. A burgeoning job market awaits you when you're ready to enter the workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their employment projections for the next 10 years, and several of the occupations and industries expected to flourish are ideal for veterans and transitioning servicemembers.

A large majority of the job growth -- 96 percent, in fact -- will occur in service-producing industries: professional and business services, health care and social assistance, and state and local government, which will all add a total of more than 9 millions jobs. Additionally, the goods-producing sector will see a small boost in the construction industry, as this field is projected to add 1.3 million jobs.

 The bulk of the fastest growing jobs will be in the professional and related occupations, as well as service occupations, reports the BLS. Many of these positions, such as athletic trainers or physician's assistants, are a good for transitioning servicemembers or veterans who want to apply their military experience to a civilian job. Most of these vocations will require an associate or bachelor's degree.

Here are 30 of the fastest-growing jobs that you should keep your eye on in the next 10 years:


1. Bio-medical engineers -- bachelor's degree 2. Network Systems and data communications analysts -- bachelor's degree 3. Home health aides -- on-the-job training (OJT) 4. Personal and home care aides -- OJT 5. Financial examiners -- bachelor's 6. Medical scientists (except epidemiologists) -- doctoral degree 7. Physician Assistants -- master's degree 8. Skin Care Specialists -- postsecondary vocational award 9. Biochemists and biophysicists -- doctoral degree 10. Athletic Trainers -- bachelor's 11. Physical therapist aides -- OJT 12. Dental hygienists -- associate degree 13. Veterinary technologists and technicians -- associate degree 14. Dental assistants -- OJT 15. Computer software engineers, applications -- bachelor's 16. Medical Assistants -- OJT 17. Physical therapist assistants -- associate degree 18. Veterinarians -- first professional degree 19. Self-enrichment education teachers -- work experience in a related field 20. Compliance officers -- OJT 21. Occupational therapist aides -- OJT 22. Environmental engineers -- bachelor's 23. Pharmacy technicians -- OJT 24. Computer software engineers, systems software --bachelor's 25. Survey researchers -- bachelor's 26. Physical therapists -- master's 27. Personal Financial Advisors -- bachelor's 28. Environmental engineering technicians -- associate degree 29. Occupational therapist assistants -- associate degree 30. Fitness trainer and aerobics instructors -- post-secondary vocational award's Veteran Career Network can connect you with mentors in these jobs, who can tell you what their respective industries are like now and what to expect in the future.

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