Today's Fastest Growing Careers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is estimating that the number of employees will grow by 15.6 million before 2022. Heath care, business, construction and technology are forecasted to be some of the most lucrative industries in the future. Read on to learn which careers will be the biggest among these fields, and what you need to do to land one of these jobs.

Health Care: Become a Home Health Aide

Experts project that the demand for home health aides will increase by at least 48.5-percent by 2022. There are two factors driving this growth: our population is aging, and more people are finding at-home care preferable to hospital stays, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As a home health aide, you can expect to earn $20,820 on average.

Even though the salary is a bit low compared to other careers, home health aides generally find their jobs to be very rewarding. As a home health aide, you will be expected to perform basic housekeeping duties, provide limited medical care, and be prepared to assist your patient in an emergency.

The training required for this career choice is relatively simple. A high school diploma is required, and most aides must either get certification from their state or go through a small amount of training and pass a competency exam. Training is provided at a number of locations, from local colleges to vocational schools. You can also register to be certified by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice after completing 75 hours of training and a written exam. In many areas, your future employer will provide any required schooling at no cost.

Business: Be a Meeting, Convention and Event Planner

With the number conventions, festivals, business meetings and other events growing year after year, the prospects for meeting, convention and event planners are looking great. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for professionals in this field will grow by 33.2-percent – or 31,300 jobs – by 2022. On average, salaries are around $46,000 a year. Professionals in the top 10-percent of this field report yearly earnings as high as $79,270.

Most planners have a bachelor’s degree, and there are schools that offer event management degrees. For many event planners, experience is enough. If you can land an entry-level job at a small planning firm, it is possible to work your way up to larger firms or even become an independent event planner.

Meeting, convention and event planners organize a variety of events. Some planners specialize in organizing business trips. Others oversee conventions with thousands of visitors and hundreds of kiosks, displays and entertainers. This profession requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. You will also need to be able to think fast – event planners need to be able to deal with sudden weather changes, last-minute cancellations, and a host of other emergencies that can crop up. If you like a challenging career, event planning is a profitable choice.

Construction: Learn to Install Insulation

As of 2012, there were more than 28,220 people working as insulation installers. By 2022, that number is forecasted to grow by at least 37.6-percent, adding up to 19,600 jobs to this field. With a recent push for energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, plus government incentives for upgrading your home’s weatherization, insulation contractors are always busy. Insulation installers make $39,000 a year on average, with some earning $54,000 or more.

To become an insulation contractor, you will need a high-school diploma. After that, most contractors enroll in a four-year apprenticeship program that provides on-the-job training. Insulation installers at the upper end of this field are usually certified to perform energy appraisals, and they may also have a certification to remove asbestos.

Most insulation contractors truly enjoy their jobs. It is low stress, sometimes involves outdoor work, and job sites are constantly changing as you move from building to building. You will need to have good communication skills, as you will be dealing with homeowners directly. However, if you don’t like tight spaces, this may not be the career for you – insulation contractors spend much of their time in crawlspaces, attics and other small areas.

Technology: Become an Information Security Analyst

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for information security analysts will grow by as much as 36.5-percent by 2022. With the number of security breaches and hackers growing each year, more people will need to step in to help protect our vital information. Information security analysts make a very good wage. You can expect to earn a yearly average of $86,000, while the top earners in this field make $110,000 or more.

The popular degree for this field is a bachelor’s in engineering, computer science or programming. High-end employers often look for job seekers with a master’s degree in business administration. As your career progresses, you may find certifications from InfoSec or CompTIA helpful.

The selection of jobs in this field is very diverse. You could work in risk assessment, risk mitigation, or you could even do break-in testing. Companies from all sectors are hiring security analysts – you could work for moderate to large corporations, or even land a cozy government job. This job requires an extremely in-depth knowledge of computers and networks, and you will need good problem-solving skills to help you stay a step ahead of the hackers.