Career site Indeed made a list of in-demand jobs that have “the most anticipated growth rates for the next 5 years.”
Here are the most in-demand jobs, including average salaries and qualification requirements.
1. Home health aide
Home health aides take care of clients in their homes, including helping with daily tasks like dressing and personal hygiene, ensuring clients take daily medications, and working with medical professionals to maintain a client’s health. Many home health aides work with the elderly.
Qualification requirements for Home health aide: While no formal education is required for the job, many employers prefer an aide have a National Association for Home Care & Hospice certification.
Average salary: $12 per hour
2. Nursing assistant
Nursing assistants work under registered nurses in medical facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. Their duties include taking patients’ vital signs, helping patients with personal hygiene, serving food, and maintaining a record of patients’ health.
Qualification requirements: Nursing assistants must be certified in their state to practice.
Average salary: $28,000 per year
3. Construction worker
Construction workers clear construction sites, put together scaffolding for buildings, operate machinery that carries building materials, and assist any specific craft workers with their duties on the site
Note that some jobs in construction may require prior experience through a trade school or apprenticeship.
Average salary: $31,000 per year
4. Physical therapy aide
Physical therapy aides help physical therapists by assisting with patients during appointments, setting up equipment for upcoming appointments, and taking on administrative duties like answering the phone.
Average salary: $33,000 per year
5. Medical technologist
Medical technologists operate medical equipment used to analyze bodily fluids like blood and urine. They collect samples, report on the results of tests done on the bodily fluids, and work with medical experts to determine the diagnosis of the results
Qualification required for Medical Technologist: Positions typically require a bachelor’s degree in either medical technology or clinical laboratory science.
Average salary: $56,000 per year
6. Truck driver
Truck drivers transport goods from place to place. They’re often tasked with driving long distances and loading and unloading cargo
Average salary: $57,000 per year
7. Operations research analyst
Operations research analysts collect data about operations in a given company. They speak to staff to identify problems in the workflow, devise solutions for the problems using statistical simulations, and ultimately advise upper management about the best course of action for the company and its output.
These positions typically require a bachelor of science degree in operations research, statistics, mathematics, or other related fields. Some jobs may also require expertise with statistics software.
Average salary: $61,000 per year
8. Financial advisor
Financial advisors help individuals manage their personal finances. That might include planning for short- and long-term goals, navigating debt repayment, and helping select investments. Advisors can make their money in a variety of ways, from earning commissions to charging for their time.
Financial advisors who sell certain products or manage clients’ investments may need to obtain certain licenses.
Average salary: $66,000 per year
9. Registered nurse
Registered nurses administer patients’ medicine and treatments, teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses and injuries, perform tests and analyze results, and record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, among other tasks.
Registered nurse jobs require a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in nursing, as well as a nursing license.
Average salary: $70,000 per year
10. Web developer
Depending on the job, an applicant may be required to have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in web development, web design, programming, or another relevant field.
Average salary: $72,000 per year
11. Physical therapist
Physical therapists help people improve mobility and manage pain after an injury through exercise, stretching, and the use of various equipment.
Therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and all states require physical therapists to be licensed.
Average salary: $74,000 per year
12 Information security analyst
Information security analysts keep computer systems safe by monitoring for potential breaches and implementing the use of security infrastructure in a given company.
Information security analyst jobs require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or programming, as well as knowledge of security tools and programs.
Average salary: $82,000 per year
Statisticians gather and analyze data about a given field — such as agriculture or health. They use their math and statistical skills to theorize about future scenarios and solve problems in those fields.
Statistician positions require a master’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or survey methodology.
Average salary: $83,000 per year
14. Software developer
Software developers create software. They design computer programs and smartphone applications, monitor their systems’ efficiency, and make any updates necessary to ensure the tech runs smoothly. There are mainly two types of software developer 1. Frontend developers 2. Backend developers
Average salary: $105,000 per year