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Job Trends for 2010

January 5, 2010 by Joshua Wright

With the start of the new year — and new decade — there are lots of articles on the Web about hot jobs and occupations that are expected to pay well in 2010. (Here are two examples from The Wall Street Journal and CNNMoney.com/Yahoo.)

To enter into the fray, below is a table that shows the 15 fastest-growing occupations in the US based on EMSI’s fourth-quarter 2009 figures for 2009-2010. The list is sorted by new and replacement percentage growth (see shaded column). Keep in mind we filtered out occupations paying $15 per hour or less, and these are county-level numbers.

  • The top three occupations on this list are tied to the energy sector (technically classified as transportation and material moving occupations).
  • Six of the 15 jobs on this list are construction and extraction occupations. All pay fairly well and require, on average, moderate-term on-the-job training.
  • Surprisingly, only one of these (podiatrists) would be considered to be in the health care industry.
  • Math and science occupations figure heavily on the list. That follows closely with occupations highlighted in the above WSJ article.

For more on this data or to find out the fastest-growing occupations in your region, contact Josh Wright.

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