Fastest Growing Jobs Aren't Always the Highest Paying
This trend changes for work in health service. The fastest growing sector is the healthcare industry, with healthcare support occupations projected to grow by 18.2 percent over the next decade. The specific professions posting the highest growth are home health aides and personal care aides, with growth forecasts for both job titles around 37 and 36 percent respectively. Despite both titles holding double the growth prospects of their wider industry, both jobs pay well below the national median annual wage. About fifty percent of both job titles makes less than $24,000 a year.
*Note: A previous version of this story cited the annual median income for families instead of the annual median income for individuals. The text and chart now reflect that change.
This chart shows the U.S. professions with the biggest increase in employment and median annual wage.