It’s hard to predict what the U.S. job market will look like in the future with the threat of manufacturing and automatable positions being taken over by robots and machines. Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice has put together a list of the top 10 most promising jobs for the future.
App Developer: With a current median annual salary of nearly $97,500, Kiplinger says with the expansion of mobile technology there is a driving demand for the development of applications of all kinds. The app developer job market is expected to grow around 21% between 2016 - 2026.
Computer Systems Analyst: It seems like everything in our world is run by computers now. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a computer systems analyst studies a company’s computer systems and designs information systems solutions to help it operate more efficiently and effectively. Kiplinger reports the median salary is just over $85,000. Projected growth is nearly 22% from 2016 to 2026.
Nurse Practitioner: As you’ve probably heard before -- health care is a good industry to get into because Americans will always need it. According to Kiplinger advancing technology, greater focus on preventive care and an aging population will mean nurse practitioners will be highly sought after. Median salary is nearly $98,300. Growth is projected to be about 32% from 2016-2026.
Physical Therapist: Kiplinger says baby boomers are helping grow the industry and with advancements in medicine, more people will survive traumas and need physical therapy. Projected job growth from 2016 through 2026 is around 30% with a current median salary of $83,500.
Health Services Manager: Kiplinger reports there’s a growing demand for medical services and in turn people to manage them. Median annual salary is nearly $93,300, projected job growth from 2016-2026 is about 17%.
Physician Assistant: PA’s work under the supervision of physicians and surgeons and much like nurse practitioners are expected to continue to be in demand. Projected 2016-2026 job growth is about 28% with a current median annual salary of nearly $98,900.
Dental Hygienist: Kiplinger reports dental hygienists make about double that of dental assistants. Projected job growth 2016-2026 is 19% with a current median salary of just over $73,000.
Market Research Analyst: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, market research analysts gather and analyze data on consumers and competitors. With the expansion of technology, companies are collecting more and more data on customers and what they are interested in. Projected job growth 2016-2026 is 20% with a current median salary of about $61,800. Personal
Financial Adviser: Kiplinger reports as Americans age and pensions become a thing of the past, the need for a good financial adviser will grow. In fact, the projected job growth between 2016 through 2026 is about 23% with a current median annual salary of nearly $86,800.
Speech Language Pathologist: Kiplinger says besides the continued growth of the health care industry, there’s been a bigger focus on treating children with language disorders. Median salary is around $73,300 with a projected job growth of 21% by 2026.