No. 5 fastest-growing career: Carpenter's helper
Projected 2010-20 growth:
Just as a rebound in U.S. construction will create lots of jobs for plumber/pipefitter's helpers, so too will increased building spark strong demand for carpenter's helpers, the BLS says.
The agency predicts America will add 25,900 carpentry helpers during the current decade -- a nearly 60% boost in the profession.
Like plumbing helpers, carpentry helpers (median pay: $26,400) generally carry tools and supplies to job sites, set up and disassemble equipment and assist with other tasks.
And like plumbing helpers, carpentry helpers typically need no more than a high-school degree or GED, although some workers graduate from trade schools or lengthy apprenticeship programs. The BLS adds that employers often prefer military veterans, as well as candidates who have experience in several different construction disciplines.