No. 2 fastest-growing career: Home-health aide
Projected 2010-20 growth:
Demand for home-health aides appears poised to explode in the next few years as baby boomers try to age in place and insurers attempt to minimize nursing-home and hospital costs.
The BLS expects U.S. employers to create some 706,000 home-health-aide jobs this decade -- a nearly 70% gain.
Home-health aides help elderly and infirm patients stay at home by assisting with bathing, dressing and light housekeeping. In some states, aides can also dispense medicine or check a patient's vital signs.
While some home-health aides get special training and certification, you can sometimes get a job in the field without even a high-school degree, according to the BLS.
That said, home-health aides don't make much money -- just a median $20,610.
BLS researchers have also found that the profession has high turnover because of low pay and the heavy emotional toll of caring for the infirm.