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Job growth
(10-yr forecast)
Average pay
(salary and bonus)
Physical therapist assistants 44.20% $42,086
Dental hygienists 43.32% $68,153
Forensic science technicians 36.40% $52,604
Veterinary technologists and technicians 35.32% $29,122
Occupational therapist assistants 34.10% $42,639
Community and social service specialists 31.95% $38,579
Hydrologists 31.57% $68,192
Social and human service assistants 29.68% $52,756
Athletic trainers 29.34% $42,466
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 27.07% $41,966
Business operation specialists 27.04% $63,015
Epidemiologists 26.18% $59,505
Medical and public health social workers 25.93% $46,917
Computer and information scientists, research 25.63% $96,797
Marriage and family therapists 25.38% $48,058
Environmental engineering technicians 24.42% $44,405
Rehabilitation counselors 23.93% $49,998
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers 23.84% $60,051
Counselors, all other 23.14% $42,473
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners 22.51% $91,493
Health educators 22.49% $47,726
Social workers 22.02% $43,773
Nuclear medicine technologists 21.48% $66,140
Biochemists and biophysicists 21.03% $76,839
Life scientists, all other 20.63% $91,154
Education, training, and library workers 20.47% $37,418
Coaches and scouts 20.42% $47,412
Industrial-organizational psychologists 20.42% $85,109
Life, physical, and social science technicians 20.03% $48,954
Interpreters and translators 19.88% $38,159
Social workers, all other 19.56% $46,133
Child, family, and school social workers 19.03% $42,340
Directors, religious activities and education 18.51% $73,015
Primary, secondary, and special educations teachers 18.30% $50,289
Cost estimators 18.21% $54,555
Orthotists and prosthetists 17.96% $44,709
Loan counselors 17.66% $35,073
Social science research assistants 17.44% $38,723
Architects, except landscape and naval 17.33% $48,932
Microbiologists 17.22% $59,747
Biological technicians 17.20% $40,394
Occupational health and safety technicians 17.07% $50,492
General and operations managers 17.04% $98,854
Anthropologists and archeologists 17.00% $52,086
Administrative services managers 16.88% $71,585
Commercial pilots 16.81% $98,392
Chefs and head cooks 16.70% $44,176
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 16.63% $47,644
Producers and directors 16.60% $45,808
Atmospheric and space scientists 16.55% $107,414
Environmental science and protection technicians, including health 16.27% $41,455
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 16.18% $211,766
Curators 15.67% $49,420
Embalmers 15.65% $40,914
Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 15.63% $48,114
Interior designers 15.54% $50,625
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 15.52% $72,048
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 15.52% $64,079
Cartographers and photogrammetrists 15.26% $55,634
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 15.07% $42,533
Therapists, all other 14.97% $49,662
Teachers and instructors 14.90% $36,545
Chief Executives 14.87% $254,643
Financial managers 14.80% $128,910
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 14.79% $42,020
Real estate sales agents 14.69% $27,654
Physical scientists 14.65% $89,151
Financial specialists 14.37% $88,578
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 14.36% $108,013
Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture 14.22% $49,151
Multi-media artists and animators 14.13% $47,492
Museum Technicians and Conservators 14.13% $40,084
Soil and plant Scientists 13.86% $60,075
Child care workers 13.75% $41,883
Nuclear technicians 13.69% $56,565
Natural sciences managers 13.64% $116,504
Designers, all other 13.61% $49,664
Budget analysts 13.47% $63,835
Agricultural and food science technicians 13.40% $36,080
Archivists 13.36% $44,818
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 12.95% $57,055
Animal scientists 12.91% $52,714
Cooks 12.83% $32,590
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 12.81% $47,583
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 12.73% $97,332
Library assistants, clerical 12.52% $38,032
Occupational health and safety specialists 12.44% $73,029
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 12.40% $70,599
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 12.39% $80,183
Clergy 12.38% $40,583
Social scientists and related workers, all other 12.33% $68,961
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes 11.84% $86,218
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 11.62% $65,571
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 11.52% $130,385
Food service managers 11.50% $65,625
Art directors 11.50% $94,662
Food scientists and technologists 10.93% $61,227
Commercial and industrial designers 10.84% $56,104
Astronomers 10.45% $104,691
Music directors and composers 10.45% $49,289
Construction managers 10.37% $74,873
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 10.32% $53,567
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers 10.08% $81,384
Office and administrative support workers, all other 10.05% $34,876
Psychologists 9.89% $77,734
Broadcast technicians 9.77% $36,736
Electrical and electronics repairers 9.74% $56,644
Electro-mechanical technicians 9.69% $46,501
Financial examiners 9.47% $72,558
Set and exhibit designers 9.29% $57,372
Audiologists 9.14% $57,873
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers 8.66% $62,394
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 8.51% $57,086
Fashion designers 8.43% $73,290
Operations research analysts 8.39% $76,595
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 8.38% $65,757
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 8.29% $63,531
Loan officers 8.26% $76,257
Office managers 8.09% $61,819
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 8.08% $83,788
Materials scientists 8.01% $81,041
Insurance underwriters 7.95% $56,978
Managers, all other 7.85% $90,790
Farm and home management advisors 7.74% $49,806
Law clerks 7.68% $39,741
Religious workers 7.43% $29,300
Political scientists 7.31% $94,458
Chemists 7.27% $68,749
Legal support workers 7.13% $39,804
Physicists 6.97% $76,759
Purchasing managers 6.96% $77,250
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 6.91% $101,868
Geographers 6.75% $69,272
Foresters 6.70% $56,233
Funeral directors 6.67% $61,443
Insurance sales agents 6.55% $79,741
Geological and petroleum technicians 6.50% $52,516
Conservation scientists 6.32% $59,108
Mathematical scientists, all other 6.18% $68,852
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 5.87% $34,858
Recreational therapists 5.72% $40,299
Economists 5.64% $102,565
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 5.12% $53,920
Librarians 4.94% $52,977
Reporters and correspondents 4.92% $37,270
Sociologists 4.66% $68,724
Statisticians 4.65% $79,125
Architectural and civil drafters 4.64% $44,213
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 4.54% $31,721
Chemical technicians 4.44% $47,112
Historians 4.33% $54,629
Broadcast news analysts 4.28% $65,269
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers 4.04% $61,020
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 3.83% $43,843
Credit analysts 3.55% $53,958
Mathematical technicians 3.40% $48,634
Respiratory therapy technicians 3.27% $41,854
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 2.70% $60,951
Legislators 1.97% $35,234
New accounts clerks 1.73% $32,444
Electrical and electronics drafters 1.22% $60,012
Industrial production managers 0.78% $92,031
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic -1.18% $45,852
Mathematicians -1.30% $67,053
Fire inspectors and investigators -5.51% $52,659
Semiconductor processors -7.50% $35,482

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