Sure, the U.S. Department of Labor’s list of “Bright Outlook” occupations contains a variety of positions related to computers, nursing, and other areas one might expect to expand in the years ahead. But among the compilation of jobs projected to experience faster-than-average growth (an employment increase of 10 percent or more) over the 10-year period of 2016-2026 are also quite a few that don’t readily come to mind.
Here’s a look at five occupations you may be surprised to know are rapidly growing and what each involves:
Americans love their pets and realize that preventative care and regular check-ups help Fido and Fluffy stay healthy. Likewise, medical advances enable veterinarians in the 21st-century to take greater action in treating cancer and other critical situations, leading to longer lifespans.
Besides a fondness for animals and solid performance in undergraduate science classes, vets need a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited program and a state license. In addition, animal doctors need good manual dexterity for performing surgeries and other treatments.
Median annual salary: $90,420 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Archivists acquire, preserve, organize, and manage records of important documents and other materials so that people now and in the future have access to them. Employers commonly include museums, historical sites, and the government.
Archivists generally earn a Master of Library Science or a Master of Information Studies degree, though some may pursue graduates studies in history or other specific disciplines related to the work at hand. Want to further increase employability? Solidify your computer skills. Modern archivists routinely work with databases, electronic records, and digitization.
Median annual salary: $51,760 (BLS)
From art associations to private universities, nonprofit organizations depend on donations to keep their efforts going. Fundraisers use their excellent interpersonal and communication skills to encourage others to support their employer’s cause. They examine which individuals or groups might be likely to contribute and come up with campaigns designed to resonate with these potential donors.
Most fundraisers hold a bachelor’s degree in a field such as public relations, business, or English. To get the attention of modern hiring managers, show aptitude for developing an online presence and harnessing the power of social media. And a genuine passion for the organization’s mission helps too!
Median annual salary: $55,640 (BLS)
Forensic Science Technicians
Interested in helping to solve crimes? Detail-oriented forensic science technicians visit scenes to collect samples and to record observations through notes, sketches, and photographs. In the lab, these professionals analyze DNA and other evidence in order to make possible connections between findings and suspects. The majority of forensic science technicians work for state or local governments.
While some people come to the position by way of a post-secondary degree in forensic science, others hold a bachelor’s or master’s in biology or chemistry. Before taking on crime scenes alone, forensic science technicians receive substantial on-the-job training from experienced investigators.
Median annual salary: $57,850 (BLS)
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
Finally, does it seem like you can’t turn on the news without hearing about a raging wildfire? The increasing commonness of destructive blazes in the United States means greater need for experts to keep an eye on conditions. Regularly enforcing fire regulations, inspecting for hazards, and taking control measures can yield huge dividends down the line.
Many forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists hold a two- or four-year degree in fire science. Some have a background in firefighting. People aspiring to this occupation should be very observant in order to notice small details that may spell big trouble.
Median annual salary: $37,380 (BLS)