Jobs in growth industries

Stuck in a dead end job? Looking to change careers this year? Consider these fastest growing occupations before you make a career change. Many of the careers listed require high levels of education, but they also offer significantly higher salaries. Seven of the 10 fastest growing occupations are considered “high paying.”

Biomedical engineers

Aging Baby Boomers coupled with a growing focus on health issues are the driving force behind the demand for improved medical devices and equipment designed by these engineers. It requires, at least, a bachelor's degree; BS preferred.

Growth industries: Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing, Scientific Research and Development Services.

Network systems and data communications analysts

Network systems and data communications analysts are projected to be the second-fastest-growing occupation in 2012.

Growth industries: Computer Systems Design and Related Services, Wired Telecommunications Carriers.

Home health aides

No university degree? No matter. Home health aids are among the fastest growing professions.

Growth industries: Home health care services, residential mental health and substance abuse facilities.

Financial examiners

Increased financial regulations might actually benefit the profession. The BLS predicts significant growth in financial examiner profession due to increasing financial regulations.

Growth industries: Federal Executive Branch, State Government.

Medical scientists (excluding epidemiologists)

This occupation pays well, but isn't highly accessible. You'll need a doctoral degree and a lot of training. Postsecondary education or training needed: Doctoral degree

Growth industries: Scientific research and development, higher education, healthcare.

Physician assistants

If you want to become a physician's assistant (aka PA) you'll need a degree from an accredited PA program. This may include a bachelor's or master's degree.

Growth industries: Offices of Physicians, General Medical and Surgical Hospitals.

Skin care specialists

More than 20% of the population is over 65 and as the population ages many individuals become more concerned about maintaining a youthful personal appearance. This vanity creates more careers in skin care (many of which require only a vocational degree).

Growth industries: Personal care services, physicians offices.

Biochemists and biophysicists

Another high growth career with a steep learning curve: biochemistry and biophysics. You'll need a doctorate if you want to join the profession.

Growth industries: Scientific R&D, pharmaceutical drug manufacturing.

Athletic trainers

Love working out and great at motivating others? Athletic trainers are among the 10 top growth careers. Qualified trainers, will need to possess a Bachelor's degree or post-secondary education.

Growth industries: Colleges, universities, and professional schools, general medical and surgical hospitals.

Veterinary technologists and technicians

Are you an animal lover? Consider becoming a veterinary technologist or technician. You can choose between a 2-year program for veterinary technicians or a 4-year program for veterinary technologists.

Growth industries: Scientific and technical services, social advocacy organisations.

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Benjamin Kniss began writing in 2009, specializing in business topics. He graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, earning a B.A. in business administration. Kniss is also studying to become a certified financial planner.