The Fastest-Growing Careers With the Most New Jobs

Unemployment is low, and that means your chances of moving to a better job, or higher paying job, are in your favor.

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Here are some of the fastest-growing occupations in the country -- those with the highest percent change of employment expected in the next few years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, listed by highest pay first.

Those are followed by occupations that the BLS projects will add the most new jobs to their fields through 2026, listed by highest pay first.

1. Physician Assistants
1. Physician Assistants

1. Physician Assistants

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 37%

2018 Median Pay: $108,610 a year

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2. Nurse Practitioners
2. Nurse Practitioners

2. Nurse Practitioners

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 36%

2018 Median Pay: $107,030 a year

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3. Software Developers, Applications
3. Software Developers, Applications

3. Software Developers, Applications

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 31%

2018 Median Pay: $103,620 a year

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4. Mathematicians
4. Mathematicians

4. Mathematicians

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 30%

2018 Median Pay: $101,900 a year

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5. Information Security Analysts
5. Information Security Analysts

5. Information Security Analysts

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 28%

2018 Median Pay: $98,350 a year

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6. Physical Therapists
6. Physical Therapists

6. Physical Therapists

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 28%

2018 Median Pay: $87,930 a year

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7. Statisticians
7. Statisticians

7. Statisticians

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 34%

2018 Median Pay: $87,780 a year

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8. Operations Research Analysts
8. Operations Research Analysts

8. Operations Research Analysts

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 27%

2018 Median Pay: $83,390 a year

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9. Genetic Counselors
9. Genetic Counselors

9. Genetic Counselors

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 29%

2018 Median Pay: $80,370 a year

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10. Occupational Therapy Assistants
10. Occupational Therapy Assistants

10. Occupational Therapy Assistants

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 29%

2018 Median Pay: $60,220 a year

Occupational therapists help clients improve their ability to perform the activities of daily living.

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11. Physical Therapist Assistants
11. Physical Therapist Assistants

11. Physical Therapist Assistants

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 31%

2018 Median Pay: $58,040 a year

Physical therapists focus on improving movement of the human body.

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12. Wind Turbine Service Technicians
12. Wind Turbine Service Technicians

12. Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 96%

2018 Median Pay: $54,370 a year

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13. Solar Photovoltaic Installers
13. Solar Photovoltaic Installers

13. Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 105%

2018 Median Pay: $42,680 a year

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14. Massage Therapists
14. Massage Therapists

14. Massage Therapists

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 26%

2018 Median Pay: $41,420 a year

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15. Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
15. Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

15. Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 27%

2018 Median Pay: $39,600 a year

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16. Medical Assistants
16. Medical Assistants

16. Medical Assistants

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 29%

2018 Median Pay: $33,610 a year

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17. Bicycle Repairers
17. Bicycle Repairers

17. Bicycle Repairers

Expected Growth Rate, 2016-2026: 29%

2018 Median Pay: $28,960 a year

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Most New Jobs: Software Developers, Applications
Most New Jobs: Software Developers, Applications

Most New Jobs: these are the occupations with the highest projected numeric change in employment.

1. Software Developers, Applications

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 255,400

2018 Median Pay: $103,620 a year

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2. General and Operations Managers
2. General and Operations Managers

2. General and Operations Managers

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 205,200

2018 Median Pay: $100,930 a year

These are top executives that oversee operations too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management.

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3. Management Analysts
3. Management Analysts

3. Management Analysts

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 115,200

2018 Median Pay: $83,610 a year

Management analysts propose ways to improve an organization's efficiency.

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4. Registered Nurses
4. Registered Nurses

4. Registered Nurses

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 438,100

2018 Median Pay: $71,730 a year

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5. Accountants and Auditors
5. Accountants and Auditors

5. Accountants and Auditors

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 139,900

2018 Median Pay: $70,500 a year

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6. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
6. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

6. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 138,300

2018 Median Pay: $63,120 a year

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7. General Maintenance and Repair Workers
7. General Maintenance and Repair Workers

7. General Maintenance and Repair Workers

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 112,500

2018 Median Pay: $38,300 a year

These workers may work at a single building, such as a hotel or hospital, or be responsible for the maintenance of many buildings, such as an apartment complex or college campus.

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8. Construction Laborers
8. Construction Laborers

8. Construction Laborers

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 150,400

2018 Median Pay: $35,800 a year

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9. Medical Secretaries
9. Medical Secretaries

9. Medical Secretaries

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 129,000

2018 Median Pay: $35,760 a year

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10. Customer Service Representatives
10. Customer Service Representatives

10. Customer Service Representatives

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 136,300

2018 Median Pay: $33,750 a year

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11. Medical Assistants
11. Medical Assistants

11. Medical Assistants

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 183,900

2018 Median Pay: $33,610 a year

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12. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
12. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

12. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 135,200

2018 Median Pay: $29,000 a year

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13. Nursing Assistants
13. Nursing Assistants

13. Nursing Assistants

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 173,400

2018 Median Pay: $28,540 a year

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14. Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
14. Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers

14. Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 199,700

2018 Median Pay: $28,260 a year

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15. Restaurant Cooks
15. Restaurant Cooks

15. Restaurant Cooks

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 145,300

2018 Median Pay: $26,530 a year

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16. Janitors and Cleaners (Except Maids and Housekeeping)
16. Janitors and Cleaners (Except Maids and Housekeeping)

16. Janitors and Cleaners (Except Maids and Housekeeping)

Projected Number of New Jobs, 2016-2026: 236,500

2018 Median Pay: $26,110 a year

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