No. 6 fastest-growing career: Veterinary technologist/technician
Projected 2010-20 growth: 52%
America's ranks of pampered pets are growing, and the BLS expects demand for veterinary technologists and technicians to expand right along with it.
"There's a growing pet population in America, and people are willing to spend more on their pets' health than they have in the past," Morisi says.
The BLS also predicts increasingly complex treatments for pets -- coupled with a growing number of biomedical and product-safety tests involving animals -- will add to demand for veterinary technologists and technicians.All told, the agency foresees U.S. employers adding 41,700 veterinary technologists and technicians during this decade -- a more than 50% gain. Veterinary technologists and technicians (median pay: $30,140) generally provide lab work and basic care for animals, freeing up veterinarians to focus on more-complex treatments. Veterinary technologists typically enter the field with professional certification and four-year college degrees. Veterinary technicians generally must have certificates and two-year associate's degrees.