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Occupations with the Fastest Growth, 2010-20

Occupation Percent Change Number of new jobs added Wages (May 2010 median) Entry-level Education Related Work Experience On-the-job Training
Personal Care Aides 70 607,000 $19,640 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Home Health Aides 69 706,300 $20,560 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Biomedical Engineers 62 9,700 $81,540 Bachelor's degree None None
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters 60 17,600 $27,780 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Helpers--Carpenters 56 25,900 $25,760 Less than high school None Short-term on-the-job training
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 52 41,700 $29,710 Associate's degree None None
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers 49 9,300 $38,430 High school diploma or equivalent None Apprenticeship
Physical Therapist Assistants 46 30,800 $49,690 Associate's degree None None
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 45 26,300 $26,740 High school diploma or equivalent None Short-term on-the-job training
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 44 31,300 $45,260 Bachelor's degree Less than 1 year None
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 44 23,400 $64,380 Associate's degree None None
Occupational Therapy Assistants 43 12,300 $51,010 Associate's degree None None
Physical Therapist Aides 43 20,300 $23,680 High school diploma or equivalent None Moderate-term on-the-job training
Glaziers 42 17,700 $36,640 High school diploma or equivalent None Apprenticeship
Interpreters and Translators 42 24,600 $43,300 Bachelor's degree None Long-term on-the-job training
Medical Secretaries 41 210,200 $30,530 High school diploma or equivalent None Moderate-term on-the-job training
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 41 116,600 $60,570 Bachelor's degree None None
Marriage and Family Therapists 41 14,800 $45,720 Master's degree None Internship/residency
Brickmasons and Blockmasons 41 36,100 $46,930 High school diploma or equivalent None Apprenticeship
Physical Therapists 39 77,400 $76,310 Doctoral or professional degree None None

SOURCE: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics and Division of Occupational Outlook