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The 25 Best High Demand Jobs in America Through 2018

Updated on January 24, 2014
Space colonies are in the near future for America.
Space colonies are in the near future for America. | Source

The US Labor Market

The American labor market is changing overall, very quickly and dramatically.

It is changing with the addition of new jobs developed every year in the rise of new industries never before imagined in this country. Further, many old American jobs every year are either eliminated, filled by immigrants, or outsourced overseas. For instance, our state's employment indexes for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and other departments still list "Elevator Operator" as a real job that people can still do, sitting down (if partially disabled) or standing up. However, we have not had any elevator operators in our city since the late 1960s.

In addition, the Guest Worker Program or various versions of it, is allowing migrant workers to enter the United States to earn money to send back home to their families and/or to support themselves here in a better life than they would have at home.

There is a lot of controversy about this last situation, with opposing sides arguing that America should either 1) allow all immigrants into the Land of the Free just as our ancestors were permitted in so that they could find work and a new, free life, or 2) prohibit most immigration because there may no longer be enough room and resources in America to accept these individuals on top of our 300,000,000 residents, increasing every day. The second choice also is about not allowing in terrorists. However, no matter which side you may support, the fact is that immigrants are continuing to enter America and accept work, and this is changing the labor market in the US.


Not Enough Jobs, Too Many Years Until Retirement

Another interesting situation is that the Baby Boomers are retiring in the 2010s and, as a result, there are statistically not quite enough younger people yet to fill their vacant jobs.IN addition, many Baby Boomers need to continue working because of lost pensions, a slow down of Social Security Retirement yearly increases, and because of certain companies demanding repayments of overpaid retirement pensions. In 2013, some retirees have been asked to repay a decade of over-payments.

The job openings that come from retirements is good news to those individuals that were laid off recently at the age of 50 or 55 and still have 10-15 years to work before qualifying for Social Security and company retirement benefits.It is good news to younger job seekers as well. In the mid-2010s, America has enough jobs for only about half of its unemployed and searching adults.

In addition, there are multiplying rumors that Social Security will not be in force when these 50-somethings retire. Some economists believe that there are not enough younger people working in the 2010s to contribute enough money into the Social Security system to support the Baby Boomers when they are all retired.

What is known, however, is that the retirement age is increasing gradually above 65 for full benefits. In 2013, many Boomers cannot receive full benefits until age 66 and some younger Boomers, myself includes, have received notices that their full time benefits will not start until age 70.

Legislation took effect under the Reagan Administration that called for a gradual rise in retirement age to 75 years. However, the age can be increased whenever it is deemed by Congress and the SSA as necessary.

One fact that angers some workers is that all of their Social Security contributions deducted from their paychecks before they reached the age of 21 went to the payment of benefits to retirees. These deductions before age 21 do not count toward the workers' own SS Retirement accounts.

Older individuals may experience living even longer when working a greater number of years, because working is keeping them healthier and providing them an income with which to afford better food, some companionship and interaction with others, and possibly some better health care and living conditions. We have yet to see how Obamacare will affect this phenomenon. IN addition, working for a longer number of years may cause a health decline in some individuals.

All of these situations combine to exert more pressure on the American economy to have jobs available to more people in a wider age range, say 14 - 80+ years of age.

An estimate by the US Department of Labor shows that these following 25 jobs will be the fastest growing occupations in America between 2010 and 2020.

Truck Driving is becoming very high demand.
Truck Driving is becoming very high demand. | Source

25 Fast Growing US Jobs to 2018

  1. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists - Important in business and aerospace exploration/colonization.
  2. Home Health Aides and Patient Care Techs: Nurse’s Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
  3. Personal Care Aides
  4. Heavy, Tractor-Trailer, Semi Truck Drivers and Owner Operators -- These jobs are increasing markedly in 2013 - 2014
  5. Engineers and Technicians - IT, Evironmental, Manufacturing, and Aerospace
  6. Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  7. Insulation workers, mechanical
  8. Interpreters and translators
  9. Diagnostic medical sonographers
  10. Trademan's Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  11. Occupational Therapy Assistants
  12. Genetic Counselors
  13. Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides -- These positions are less well paid than Physical Therapists, but do many of the same tasks and still receive good pay.
  14. Skincare specialists
  15. Physician Assistants - Many of these positions are filled by NURSE PRACTITIONERS (NP)
  16. Segmental Pavers
  17. Tradesman's Helpers--electricians
  18. Information security analysts
  19. Occupational Therapy Aides
  20. Health Specialties Teachers,college level
  21. Medical Secretaries
  22. Physical Therapists
  23. Wholesale Sales Representatives
  24. Dentists, Hygienists
  25. Physicians, Surgeons, and Medical Scientists

Implications of Fastest Growing Jobs

You can see from this Top 25 list that these fastest-growing jobs in America are all in medicine and health-related areas, computers and technologies, sciences, and education. Many of the computer and technology jobs opening up today and in the future are, themselves, also connected to health and medicine, especially in bioengineering and researching the possibilities for living in space (aerospace medicine and technologies).

While some of these Top 25 Jobs require an advanced education degree, many need a less-intensive Associate degree or On the Job Training. One in such a job, a worker can often benefit from their employer's professional development program and take advantage of Tuition Reimbursement and other programs. IN this way, they can work themselves up to a Bachelor's degree and even a Master's degree and higher-level Professional degrees and experience increases in income and related responsibilities as they proceed.

Any of these Top 25 Fastest-Growing American Jobs can lead to a satisfying, productive, and lucrative career.

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Case Example: Jobs in Hydrology, a lesser-known Career Field

Hydrology offers the 24th fastest growing job area in terms of the most jobs opening up in America between 2004 to 2014.

Not widely known overall by today's employee pool, the following are some of the most important tasks of the hydrologist, especially in light of the post-Katrina disaster in New Orleans, Mississippi and other southern states:

  • Determining the water balance of a region;
  • Designing riparian restoration projects;
  • Mitigating and predicting flood, landslide, and drought risks;
  • Designing irrigation systems and managing agricultural productivity;
  • Creating a hazard module in catastrophe modeling;
  • Providing clean drinking water for people and animals;
  • Designing dams for water supply and hydroelectric power;
  • Designing bridges;
  • Designing and improving sewers and urban drainage systems;
  • Predicting erosion or sedimentation;
  • Assessing contaminant transport risk;
  • Establishing environmental policy guidelines.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Sorry to hear about your physical pain, monkshade. This creates an understandable lack of people to fill those types of jobs. Improvements need to be made, surely. Thanks for the insight.

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      monkshade 8 years ago

      I have been in the Healthcare business for a long time. It is true about the CNA's salary as opposed to the more educated. They do the most work with the patients, and are not paid the actual salary they deserve. I had to take another job to save my back and my knees! monkshade

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I've received requests for degree requirements for the Top 25 in different US States, particularly Texas, and this can be found by contacting the nearest university online or by phone qas well as by asking the largest employers in town.

      Some employers require LESS or MORE training and degrees for the same jobs, but the qualifications above check out with the federal surveys, and with the majority of employers and colleges/universities in my state.

      For instance, I know a Network System Admin,. with an Asssociate's Degree, Phsyical Therapists with a BS degree, and PT Assts and Home Health Aides with OJT only.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Every 1 - 2 years, we have new forecasts of job growth and top jobs. We currrent have forecasts 2004 -2014, 2006 - 2016, and 2008 - 2018. They overlap. I update as I receive the information.

      Related to this, the top 25 - 30 cities for jobs usually are similar, but "move around" or migrate among the ranks. I update STATE Hubs with each new 10-year forecast I receive. I write a new list and related review about every 6 - 18 months on top 25 - 30 cities as well.   

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      Adrie 8 years ago

      How often do you research this information on top 25 jobs in USA? If the percentages in demand go up or down will you update that information to hubpages readers?

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Ytry looking up any of those jobs at That site can tell you the range of salaries for specific regions of the country as well. Thanks for the comments.

      Home Health Aides are not highly paid, but their supervisor and owners of these types of companies often are. The other occupations have good pay projections.

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      betherickson 9 years ago from Minnesota

      I wonder hows the pay in those jobs. :)

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      tech for geek 9 years ago

      so the issues is Health care is more important than computer science ??

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, that's right - we need more health care people than computer people for many years to come. :) Thanks for writing.


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      Job Nigeria 9 years ago

      5 Computer software engineers, applications 48% Bachelor's degree

      you put Computer on number 5 ??

      don't you realize how is the microsoft work ?? they dominate software all around the world...

      poor OPEN SOURCE...

      Job Nigeria

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Glad you like it. Cute name from Mad Magazine, btw. lol

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      seymour butz 10 years ago

      thts hot.