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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fastest-Growing College-Level Occupations, 2010-20

Last week, I blogged about the fastest-growing industries, according to the latest round of employment projections published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, applying to the years 2010 through 2020.  If you're looking for college-level occupations with lots of job opportunities, here is some information you will find helpful. Next week I'll feature a similar table with occupations that don't require college.

Fastest-Growing College-Level Occupations 2010-20
Occ
title
Empl
2010
Growth
Total annual job
 open-ings
Edu-
cation
Expe-
rience
Train-
ing
Biomedical Engineers
15,700
61.7%
1,310
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
80,200
52.0%
5,570
Associate degree
None
None
Physical Therapist Assistants
67,400
45.7%
4,120
Associate degree
None
None
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
71,600
43.7%
4,500
Bachelor's degree
Less than 1 year
None
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
53,700
43.5%
3,170
Associate degree
None
None
Occupational Therapy Assistants
28,500
43.3%
1,680
Associate degree
None
None
Interpreters and Translators
58,400
42.2%
4,030
Bachelor's degree
None
Long-term on-the-job training
Marriage and Family Therapists
36,000
41.2%
2,260
Master's degree
None
Internship/ residency
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
282,700
41.2%
19,180
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Physical Therapists
198,600
39.0%
10,060
Doctoral or professional degree
None
None
Dental Hygienists
181,800
37.7%
10,490
Associate degree
None
None
Audiologists
13,000
36.8%
560
Doctoral or professional degree
None
None
Health Educators
63,400
36.5%
3,690
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Cost Estimators
185,400
36.4%
10,300
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
100,000
36.4%
4,260
Doctoral or professional degree
None
None
Mental Health Counselors
120,300
36.3%
6,940
Master's degree
None
Internship/ residency
Veterinarians
61,400
35.9%
3,420
Doctoral or professional degree
None
None
Geographers
1,600
35.4%
130
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
2,200
34.9%
150
Master's degree
None
Internship/ residency
Occupational Therapists
108,800
33.5%
5,710
Master's degree
None
None
Healthcare Social Workers
152,700
33.5%
8,740
Master's degree
None
None
Optometrists
34,200
33.1%
2,340
Doctoral or professional degree
None
None
Software Developers, Systems Software
392,300
32.4%
16,800
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Personal Financial Advisors
206,800
32.1%
9,020
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Medical Equipment Repairers
37,900
31.5%
2,230
Associate degree
None
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
126,100
31.3%
6,940
Bachelor's degree
None
None
Biochemists and Biophysicists
25,100
30.8%
1,340
Doctoral or professional degree
None
None
Database Administrators
110,800
30.6%
5,270
Bachelor's degree
1 to 5 years
None
Athletic Trainers
18,200
30.0%
1,190
Bachelor's degree
None
None

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