Need to Know: 2017’s Fastest Growing Careers

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February 1st, 2017 by schoolbound

Plenty of people will be considering returning to school to obtain their college degree. Some factors to consider before choosing a degree are expected entry pay, amount of education required and how quickly the job will grow. Here is a list of some of the fastest growing careers this year.

Wind Turbine Service Technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind turbine service technicians have the fastest-growing job. They work at high heights repairing, inspecting and troubleshooting any issues with wind turbines. Median earnings in 2015 were $51,050. There is training on the job site but most attend technical school first.

Home Health Aides

Another career with a bright outlook is home health aides. They assist older disabled adults with daily living tasks in many settings including their homes. They may also perform basic duties including checking blood pressure. Median earnings in 2015 were $21,920. Aides don’t need a degree but they do need to pass a standardized test or obtain formal training in order to work in a hospice agency, for example.


Statisticians aid in finding patterns and make progress in research. They are real-world problem solvers who work with engineers, scientists and in the business sector to name a few. Median earnings in 2015 were $80,110. To enter this field only a bachelor’s degree may be required but a master’s degree in mathematics, statistics or another related field is best.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practioners usually work full time in many health care settings where they coordinate patient care. Primary and specialty healthcare may be administered in this line of work. Median earnings in 2015 were $104,740. A master’s degree in an APRN role is required at the least and they must pass a national certification exam and obtain a state license.

Operations Research Analysts

Operations research analysts solve problems for organizations by utilizing simulations, statistical analysis and advanced mathematics. Median earnings in 2015 were $78,630. The field may be entered with a bachelor’s degree but usually a master’s degree or Ph.D. is preferred. Many types of degrees may be used for this job including computer science, mathematics, or engineering.

Before choosing a degree it is important to research different occupations. It is best to be sure of the job before committing to a degree. Becoming an intern or doing volunteer work relating to different jobs may help in knowing if the job is the correct one for you or not. These are only a few careers expected to grow quickly. Others include: commercial divers, physician assistants, environmental science and protection technicians, and computer software and systems software engineers.