19 Fastest Growing Occupations

These are the jobs that will see explosive growth by 2017

Health Overhaul
AP
The future of the jobs market currently looks bleak. The unemployment rate has been stuck above 7 percent since December 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as futurist Thomas Frey recently told AOL Jobs, half of all the jobs in existence today will no longer be around by 2030.

But so much upheaval is also helping to create new jobs and opportunities. In fact, opportunities abound, but it's been widely noted that America's workers simply don't have the proper training to get the job done. As Matt Ferguson, the CEO of CareerBuilder, wrote in his just-released book, "The Talent Equation," 45 percent of human resource managers say they "can't find qualified candidates for open positions." (CareerBuilder is an AOL Jobs partner.)

Ferguson, for his part, said in a CareerBuilder news release that he's confident that "barring any major shocks to the economy, the short-term job outlook in the United States will likely continue developments seen during the recovery -- specifically, significant growth for jobs that require a college education and occupations in health care, energy and technology."

So what are these jobs? Working in conjunction with the Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., CareerBuilder has put together a report featuring the jobs that are expected to see at least 8 percent growth and 30,000 new positions created between 2013 and 2017. Those opportunities can be viewed below.


Projected growth: 21 percent
New jobs: 473,965
Median hourly earnings: $9.77

Find a job now as a personal care or home health aide.


Projected growth: 14 percent
New jobs: 60,889
Median hourly earnings: $29.10



Projected growth: 14 percent
New jobs: 76,386
Median hourly earnings: $15.17

Find a job now as a medical secretary.


Projected growth: 13 percent
New jobs: 30,234
Median hourly earnings: $15.28

Find a job now as an emergency medical technician or paramedic.


Projected growth: 11 percent
New jobs: 110,049
Median hourly earnings: $47.64

Find a job now as a software developer.


Projected growth: 10 percent
New jobs: 60,109
Median hourly earnings: $14.35

Find a job now as a medical assistant.


Growth: 9 percent
New jobs: 256,703
Median hourly earnings: $32.04

Find a job now as a registered nurse.


Growth: 9 percent
New jobs: 34,825
Median hourly earnings: $35.14



Growth: 9 percent
New jobs: 31,975
Median hourly earnings: $14.29

Find a job now as a pharmacy technician.


Growth: 9 percent
New jobs: 111,444
Median hourly earnings: $11.07



Growth: 9 percent
New jobs: 34,411
Median hourly earnings: $14.02



Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 40,462
Median hourly earnings: $37.98

Find a job now as a computer systems analyst.


Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 60,157
Median hourly earnings: $35.80

Find a job now as a management analyst.


Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 79,364
Median hourly earnings: $10.63

Find a job now as a restaurant cook.


Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 52,565
Median hourly earnings: $23.20

Find a job now as a insurance sales agent.


Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 117,400
Median hourly earnings: $12.01

Find a job now as a nursing assistant.


Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 63,320
Median hourly earnings: $20.33



Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 237,192
Median hourly earnings: $8.75

Find a job now in fast food prep.


Growth: 8 percent
New jobs: 85,035
Median hourly earnings: $12.64

Find a job now as a receptionists or as an information clerk.

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