Best Foot Forward: 5 Careers That Are Seeing the Highest Growth Rates in 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to believe that many jobs may not be seeing growth potential like they once were. Luckily, this isn’t true as many jobs are still projected to see an increase in the next decade. Here are five careers that are seeing above-average growth projections for the next ten years.

#1: Wind Turbine Technicians

Wind turbine installation is a job that requires a lot of skill and also requires the maintenance and repair of wind turbines. It is also a potentially dangerous job, as wind turbine technicians typically work from heights and in confined spaces. By 2030, the need for wind turbine technicians is expected to grow by nearly 70%, with over 1,000 job openings being posted each year from now until the end of the decade. Wind turbine technicians earn about $56,000 per year (as the median annual salary), and educational requirements include attending a trade school with on-the-job training as well.

#2: Group Fitness Instructors

Group fitness instructors lead fitness classes such as pilates, yoga, or Zumba for a small or large group of people. They come up with fitness routines for different age groups and fitness levels and usually teach more than one class a day at gyms, recreational centers, and health clubs. In the next ten years, the job outlook for group fitness instructors is expected to grow nearly 40%, which is higher than the average growth rate for all careers. This means about 69,000 job openings are expected to be open in the future. Becoming a group fitness instructor requires certification, and the median salary is about $40,500 per year.

#3: Restaurant Cooks

Cooks in restaurants prepare a variety of food, ensure that it is safe to eat, and follow all health and food safety regulations. Cooks can also work in hospitals, schools, as private chefs in a client’s home, at a catering service, and anywhere else food can be cooked and served. The job outlook for cooks is projected at 49% for the next ten years. Though the job outlook is pretty high compared to the average, the median annual wage for a cook is only about $28,000. Most cooks attend a culinary school, while others may attend a vocational school that offers culinary arts as a field of study.

#4: Physical Therapist Aides

Physical therapist aides assist physical therapists in helping patients improve their movement after an injury or illness. They typically work in a physical therapy office but can also be seen working in hospitals and recreation centers. The employment rate of physical therapist aides is expected to grow over 30% in the next decade, with more than 23,000 job openings projected each year. Physical therapist aides don’t usually need a Bachelor’s degree (an Associate degree is usually required), and the median annual wage is about $59,000.

#5: Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are trained in a very similar way that medical doctors are. They examine patients, diagnose, order tests, and prescribe medications. By 2030, the job outlook for nurse practitioners is expected to grow over 50%, and the current median salary is $111,000 per year. Currently, there’s a need for primary care physicians, and nurse practitioners are being hired to fill this need. Like becoming a medical doctor, becoming a nurse practitioner requires an advanced degree.

These are just a few jobs that are projected to have the highest growth rates over the next ten years. On average, jobs see a growth rate anywhere between 5 and 8%, and several factors can affect a career’s projected job outlook. One way to know that a job will have a higher projected growth rate is if it’s in a field that will always be needed, such as medicine, a repair service, or even hospitality (food, drink, and lodging).

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