9 Fastest-Growing Jobs Besides Health Care

Teacher Arleen Franklin explains a math lesson to her students at Judy Nelson Elementary School in Kirtland, N.M.
Teacher Arleen Franklin explains a math lesson to her students at Judy Nelson Elementary School on Sept. 21, 2022, in Kirtland, N.M. (Susan Montoya Bryan/AP File Photo)

When experts talk about fast-growing industries with lots of jobs, health care is often mentioned. In fact, approximately 28% of all new jobs will be created in this industry through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor; this translates to 3.2 million new health-care positions.

But where else are jobs growing within the U.S. economy? Many people switching careers or assessing their education and training options aren't interested in health care. Are there other rewarding, rapidly growing jobs that may be a better fit?

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 Labor Department.

"Rapidly growing jobs will often be more attractive career options than jobs that are not growing quickly," Farr said. "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 health care, featured in "100 Fastest-Growing Careers":

  • Teachers: Self-enrichment education; growth through 2018: 32%
  • Computer network, systems and database administrators: Growth through 2018: 30%
  • Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers: Growth through 2018: 28%
  • Market and survey researchers: Growth through 2018: 28%
  • Accountants and auditors: Growth through 2018: 22%
  • Human resources, training and labor relations managers and specialists: Growth through 2018: 22%
  • Computer software engineers and computer programmers: Growth through 2018: 21%
  • Barbers, cosmetologists and other personal appearance workers: Growth through 2018: 20%
  • Construction laborers: Growth through 2018: 20%

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