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Top 20 Best Careers Through 2024

Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Looking for career choices that make sense.

Looking for career choices that make sense.

Employment Forecasts

US News and Word Reports selected 50 careers that its analysts predict to be in the highest demand within five industries listed by suggested importance. These include:

  1. Science and Technology,
  2. Healthcare,
  3. Education and Civics/Government,
  4. Business and Finance,
  5. Creative and Service.

Alternative Labor Estimates

After studying labor trends and changes in labor markets for about two decades, I see the US News estimates and think that I would have separated Education from Civic and Creative from Service careers to create a Top Seven Industries. I would list these industries as

  1. Science and Technology: This area includes many Engineering and Technician positions, especially in Bio-engineering, Communications, Energy and Fuel, Growing New Organs, Prosthetic Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Anti-Aging Treatments, Aerospace Exploration and Mining, Aerospace Travel and Colonization, and others. NASA's space exploration has birthed the Spinoff Program of health and technology products developed on the International Space Station.
  2. Healthcare - Includes IT, Bio-engineering, Technician positions, and Aerospace Medicine.
  3. Service,
  4. Civic/Government posts,
  5. Business
  6. Finance, and
  7. Creative.

The Top Seven are presented in the order of probable highest numbers of new jobs created for 2010. In fact, these have produced the highest numbers of new jobs from 2010 - 2017 already. .

These US News employment trend projections are in large part based on the US Federal Government's predictions of growth and numbers of new jobs expected for the period 2008 - 2018, and most recently, the period of 2014 - 2024

The following Top 20 Careers in the list below take into account the Top 10 Rankings within each of the five Industries analyzed by US News. It also considers the importance of the jobs highlighted in their slide show of a Top 10 Overall slide show on the website and featured as a link from the Blog.

Top 20 Careers in America

  1. Computer Software Engineers
  2. Systems Analysts
  3. Network Administrators
  4. Biomedical Engineers
  5. X-Ray Technicians
  6. Veterinarians
  7. Lab Techs
  8. Physical Therapists: Highest demand job in January 2010 - January 2015, still requiring many new employees.
  9. Firefighters: I would add Special Education Teacher as a tie here.
  10. Mediators
  11. Clergy
  12. Urban planners
  13. Financial Advisors
  14. Actuaries
  15. Training Specialists (in business/finance)
  16. Financial Analysts: Includes forensic accounting.
  17. Commercial Pilots: Pilots like 2009's hero on the Hudson, Sully Sullenburger, have revealed recent cuts in payroll and benefits for commercial pilots such as himself, so this employment position is probably not as fruitful going forward as projected. However, the rationale is that crop dusters and pilots willing to fly into difficult areas of the world will become more in high demand. Further, the rise of privatized space flight and flying cars in 2018 (announced by Boeing) may impact this job, requiring more pilots, engineers, and manufacturing/maintenance technicians.
  18. Technical Writers
  19. Funeral Directors
  20. Security System Installers

Note: within just a few days of publication, workers in a number of job titles commented on the US News and World Reports website with complaints that their particular job titles were not considered likely to grow from through 2018. These occupations included:

  1. Veterinary Technicians,
  2. Medical Technologists,
  3. Medical Assistants and several others.

Some readers criticized registered nurses for making more money with less education.

Jobs to Increase Fastest

  1. Wind turbine service technicians: Manufacturing and installation.
  2. Occupational therapy assistants
  3. Physical therapists and assistants
  4. Home health aides
  5. Commercial divers
  6. RN/NP Nurse practitioners
  7. Physical therapists and assistants
  8. Statisticians
  9. Ambulance drivers and attendants (EMTs)
  10. Physician assistants: often fulfilled by Nurse practitioners
  11. Operations research analysts
  12. Personal financial advisors
  13. Cartographers and photogrammetrists
  14. Genetic counselors: Mappers and surveyors, including for outer space
  15. Interpreters and translators
  16. Audiologists and Hearing aid specialists
  17. Optometrists
  18. Forensic science specialists
  19. Web Developers
  20. Sonographers

Top 10 Hiring Companies

  1. Philips: Health technology company
  2. Slack: Social communications
  3. Dropbox: Sharing and hosting services
  4. ThoughtWorks: New technology in software
  5. GLG: Educational platforms
  6. Houzz: Home remodeling and design
  7. YesPrep: Charter schools
  8. Credit Karma: Financial services.
  9. GalaxoSmithKline: Healthcare
  10. US BMW Group: Auto manufacturing

Comparison: Industry Growth In the 2010s

The same trend continued through 2015.

The same trend continued through 2015.

Trucking Industry is Strong

From 2014 - 2018, Transportation, specifically trucking, has been the Number One Hiring Industry for skilled jobs in the United States, with nearly one million job openings for drivers.

Trucking is opening more new jobs than other industry sectors.

Trucking is opening more new jobs than other industry sectors.

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Top Companies Hiring Truckers

From 2010 - 2013, nearly all US States had large numbers of trucking and transportation jobs available, with a huge spike in 2014 - 16.

Truck driving schools offer short courses and job placement right now. Best companies to contact are:

  1. Schneider National - Trucking
  2. Rush Trucking
  3. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  4. United Vision Logistics
  5. Marten Transport
  6. Builders Transportation
  7. Colonial Freight
  8. Hogan Transport
  9. Ryder
  10. Star Transportation

Examples of Job Growth

All IT Jobs.

All IT Jobs.

Software Engineers

  • Increased 18%, 80, 000 jobs available in January 2010
  • Increased by over 400% more to 329,600+ jobs available in January 2012
  • Comparison: About 230,000 jobs open in mid-February 2017.

Cities with the most jobs advertised in Software Engineering in 2015 - 2017:

  1. New York State: NYC
  2. Washington : Redmond, Seattle.
  3. California : San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sunnyvale.
  4. Maryland area : Washington DC, Annapolis Junction, Fort Mead, Columbia in Maryland; Arlington VA.
  5. Illinois : Chicago
  6. Georgia: Atlanta

Top 10 Hiring Companies for Software Engineers

  1. Amazon Corporate LLC
  2. Lockheed Martin
  3. Workbridge Associates
  4. Microsoft
  5. General Dynamics Information Technology
  6. Deloitte
  7. Northrop Grumman
  8. Oracle
  9. Raytheon
  10. General Electric
Comparison: Multimedia Artist positions increased 115%

Comparison: Multimedia Artist positions increased 115%

Education/Civic: Special Education Teacher listings increased 25%.

Education/Civic: Special Education Teacher listings increased 25%.

Special Education Teachers

A large segment of the American population and education professionals likely feel that teaching as a profession is one that should be in highest demand, in particular, Special Education Teachers and Aides.

Top Cities Demanding Spec-Ed Teachers

  1. Chicago
  2. Albuquerque NM
  3. New York City
  4. Houston and Dallas TX
  5. Phoenix and Tucson AZ
  6. Jefferson NH
  7. Nashville TN
  8. Washington DC
  9. Newark NJ
  10. Philadelphia

Top Job-Advertising Companies

  1. Albuquerque Public Schools - New Mexico
  2. Dallas Independent School District - Texas
  3. Tucson Unified School District - Arizona
  4. Oakland Unified School District; Pasadena Independent School District - California
  5. YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago - Illinois
  6. Houston Independent School District - Texas
  7. Gwinnett County Public Schools - Texas
  8. Richland School District; Charleston County Schools - South Carolina
  9. Boston Public Schools - Massachusetts and Tacoma School District - Washington
  10. Educational Testing Service (ETS) - Princeton, New Jersey

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS

Comments and Ideas

Elesh from the jungle of Africa on February 14, 2016:

Great. I love happy ending.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 11, 2015:

I think they will stay in that area as well, considering increases in Aerospace, Medical data use, Prosthetics, and a dozen other sectors requiring software.

waqar muneeb on March 11, 2015:

Thankx It's good to see that software engineers are near the top.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 06, 2014:

Thanks! It is important to choose career fields that actually can offer jobs. I hope our college students see this fact and act on it.

Reena Dhiman on November 05, 2014:

Thanks Patty for a great and informative hub. It is a very helpful topic for all job seeker. Young aspirants can gain beneficial data from this article.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 21, 2014:

@aestra - I agree with you. Career planning in high school and even college would have helped me a lo!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 21, 2014:

Shared this with my Facebook contacts. This is very helpful for kids who are preparing for College. I wish there is more career planning in schools to help kids get employable skills.

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on June 09, 2014:

Helpful and useful, shared and pinned to my Hubs Worth Reading board!

Akila on June 03, 2012:

Hai this is EXCELLENT!! its clearly tells the ideas.Thank u hub

iamageniuster on February 10, 2012:

Good list of companies. I applied for most of these.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 31, 2012:

Travel is increasing and it is a surprise, considering how many Americans are still affected by recession and job loss; but some markets are recovering. Ohio and North Dakota are two of them, because of oil and natural gas.

acliff from New York City on January 31, 2012:

Thanks this is great information. I was surprised by the travel sector. I had no idea!

Nigam Shah from India on November 07, 2011:

A lot of info up here .. but what surprised me the most was that the post of technical writer was at the 17th position.

I don't think think technical writer will be much in demand as now as days most of technical writing is done by the guys who created the stuff

Internet Marketing on July 22, 2011:

Especially with how fast technology and things on the internet are changing, it’s hard not to get caught up. Thanks, and all the best to you!

acewebdesign from Adelaide, South Australia on July 08, 2011:

More scope looks only into the science field. I dunno when will other fields also come into the picture.

aigoo from UK on July 07, 2011:

good job! you have so much inofrmation!

Garrett Mickley from Jupiter, Florida on May 25, 2011:

I'm betting computer software engineers are going to be in demand for a very long time.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 11, 2011:

Dolores - Thanks for commentng - I'm finding retail jobs in a great many states ever since January. Somebody is spending money, it seems.

leeroper - Probly coz Baby Boomers and others, lots of oeoke in a huge population, are dying. Just a thought. Thanks for posting!

leeroper from UK on May 11, 2011:

Clergy and Funeral Director in the top 20 jobs for 2010, that’s certainly two I wouldn’t have thought of. Nice hub!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on April 03, 2011:

I'm surprised to see that so many retail operations are hiring. With the economic troubles, I would think that stores would be on the downturn. Perhaps Food Lion is hiring because their prices are low. I know our local grocery store has been cutting hours and laying people off.

EducationCoop on March 25, 2011:

Great info here! Thanks for the great hub!

Cindy2011 from Canada's West Coast on March 18, 2011:

I like your info, as number 18 of your hot job's list is Technical writers. Now that I've completed my education and we've just slipped into 2011, did I miss the boat? I sure hope not.

This is good info. Thanks for compiling it to share.

Keith Worth on February 09, 2011:

I feel bad that after reading all the information, following the links and looking at the graphs that the only thought I can contribute is:

I'm betting telemarketing careers would be on the bottom ten list, if one were to make one.

Now I just need to figure out how to break into one of those industries. Thanks for the very thorough hub.

mecheshier on January 19, 2011:

Great info and stats!!!!... One of my favorite topics to study and research. I love the graphs and comparisons.

Thank You.

DNemesis on January 12, 2011:

Very nice stats.

Ill remain very interested in writing for now, though :)

Thanks for the hub!

JodiVee on January 11, 2011:

I enjoyed this hub, though I must say it is a bit disorienting to read the various "Top Jobs" lists, as they all seem to say different things. Still, good info.

belko002 from Atlanta, GA on December 16, 2010:

This is awesome! I'm right in the middle of changing jobs in Atlanta, GA (which is one of the highest paying markets thankfully). This is will really help me create a decision calculus when determining what I want to do.

DigitalWorkshop on December 11, 2010:

It's good to see that software engineers are near the top. And, very informative hub indeed.

AlinTPOh on October 07, 2010:

Excellent. Thanks for the post!

london estate agents on October 05, 2010:

excellent hub page - cool jobs and trends for the future

maddy757 on September 30, 2010:

Very interesting information here. Thanks.

wicklesscandles on September 03, 2010:

Very interesting hub. I thought number 19, Funeral Director, was interesting. Do people pick this as a career? Or is this a family inherited career?

kazeemjames01 on August 19, 2010:

Well detailed and highly informative.

henryallen from Houston, TX on July 25, 2010:

I'm sort of surprised to see Java Developers on this list. I sort of thought Java was a dying thing. Surprised I don't see iPhone software devs on the list!

edcabrera on July 25, 2010:

I thought with the rise of the unemployment rate and the increase in internet use. That home based businesses would be in the top 50. As I understand it millions of people are on line making a living. Could home based internet businesses be in the next 50?

Sophie from United Kingdom on July 24, 2010:

Great hub, I hope that who are currently seeking for a job will get here some ideas on where to work or for how to further educate themselves.

GojiJuiceGoodness from Roanoke, Virginia on July 23, 2010:

Good info here. Some of the top positions puzzled me, considering our economy at the moment, but this was real interesting. Thanks!

bd160900 from San Diego on July 23, 2010:

I'm glad to see Veterinarian is at #6. Both my parents are Veterinarians and they love their job. I wish I would have followed that path.

emergencyresponse on July 23, 2010:

Thorough report, thanks! Passing this along to adult kids seeking jobs.

Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on July 22, 2010:

Thanks for sharing this information. I'm going to pass it along to my oldest child who will be entering the work force soon.

Roger Chestnut on July 22, 2010:

I found this information to be very interesting and useful. Finding the right career, or a job in general is never an easy thing to do. By knowing what companies are hiring in your area it can give you a head start on knowing exactly where to be looking. Also, you never know when something in your industry might open up, so make sure to always keep an eye out.

Motor leathers on July 22, 2010:

Hm... It's quite strange that in the times of this crisis the Financial Analyst is only on 16th place. I think almost every of the more or less big companies needs one, because the economic situation is constantly changing.

Support Med. from Michigan on July 21, 2010:

Well, projections and statistics are necessary and I appreciate this opportunity to take a look. It will be interesting to see the movement that the healthcare industry will take as workers are always needed in this arena. After all, even computer engineers at some point will need medical care. I look forward to seeing where this leads. Voted-up/rated.

Locker from on July 21, 2010:

I never would have guessed that Computer Software Engineer would be number one.

bd160900 from San Diego on July 21, 2010:

Found this article to be very useful. Thanks for writing it.

TechnicallyADream on July 20, 2010:

Great info and well structered hub.

Snazzywin on July 20, 2010:

This is a great list! I know a couple of people who are unemployed and looking to retrain in a field that they will be able to find a job. I will forward this along.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 20, 2010:

RNMSN - Thanks for the kind words! I wlays look for somehitng interestingt to add to the dry stats.

TexasT - Best success to your daughter!

Greatlife - Thanks for the ratings!

Greatlife on July 20, 2010:

An awesome hub and with great comprehensive detail. Rated it up. Thanks for sharing will come handy and hence bookmarking this.

TexasT on July 20, 2010:

Wow What a Hub. Am passing this info along to my daughter. Thank you for publishing.

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on July 20, 2010:

you always make reading your articles so engaging Patty thank you! Barbara b

arnie85 on July 20, 2010:


Sheila Mae on July 14, 2010:

im so glad im on the top one...hehe Computer Software Engineer.

By the way tnx for this list. its so great.

nice compilation.

MsCookM on June 24, 2010:

Thanks for such a detailed list.

Its was interesting to see pilots in the list, I hope your prediction is correct with regards to increased space flights. Hopefully it will not be long before it is affordable for more of us.

Would love to take a trip to space.

ultimatepotential from India on June 24, 2010:

I appreciate you shared this study in detail, it helped me understand more about my career in my the Industry I work in. Thanks!

Yogi_Bunny from New York, Long Island on June 24, 2010:

Really helpful information!

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on June 24, 2010:

Thanks for the information Patty Inglish! This will be much of help for others who needs to have jobs. I have noticed that the world of internet technology will still dominate the jobsearch areas. As we all know, there is a good possibility of making money online. All there is needed is a laptop and an internet then we could start earning.

pcdriverupdate from VA on June 24, 2010:

Remember to pursue something you will enjoy or you will be miserable. Money isn't the only factor. Great hub, thanks for sharing.

rusticyeti on June 21, 2010:

Nice hub! This has given me some inspiration :)

websclubs on June 18, 2010:

Hi Patty,

Happy job hunting!

nice Useful hub thanks.

DIY Backlinks on June 15, 2010:

I would have guessed health care would have been number one in this economy. I know nurses can pick about any job they want right now.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 10, 2010:

Very good observations!

earnestshub from Melbourne Australia on June 10, 2010:

I am in Australia, with a son in Uni learning to be a teacher. Like America, teaching has a big future here, so I am hoping he will always have work. He will probably not teach after graduation. There are so many good jobs that pay better than teaching he can do, but having the capacity to teach is an important back-up for him. I believe the jobs here are similar to America's list. The job ops are great here with almost full employment.

mrgarr43665 from Rochester, New York on May 16, 2010:

Very cool article. Thank god im studying to become a software engineer :)

solar.power from Brisbane on May 16, 2010:

Interesting. In Australia we are the "green industries" such as solar power are the ones that are exploding due to puplic policy and government funding

Paul4552 from Salisbury, Maryland on May 15, 2010:

Great Hub

Paul4552 from Salisbury, Maryland on May 15, 2010:

Very informativ...Thanks for all you do!

Paul4552 from Salisbury, Maryland on May 15, 2010:

Very Informative. Thanks for the info!

Better Yourself from North Carolina on May 15, 2010:

Great hub! Excellent research and detailed lists.

adelzain from egypt on May 14, 2010:

what amazing article

Jeni H from Florida on May 14, 2010:

you have a great hub here! have to give it up! really helpful because I am planning on becoming a teacher and I will be certified in special ed thanx a lot. you were helpful!

BeatsMe on May 14, 2010:

Wow! Very detailed forecast. Great hub.

petsnakes from United States on May 13, 2010:

Any job that allows you to work remotely without having to drag yourself into an office whilst fighting through traffic is a sure candidate for a top 20 job.

cutevampire on May 07, 2010:

Top 20 Hot Jobs for 2010

1.Computer Software Engineer

here I'm :D

TheBlandMan from Eliot, ME on May 05, 2010:

Network Marketing will be on there soon.

lwelch on April 28, 2010:

I would agree with the retail bit that was mentioned. it is picking up quickly around here. Retail help needed everywhere!

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2010:

I think I will be emailing you when I finish my law degree...

lili on April 27, 2010:

wow! very good and thorough post!!

thinkgreen415 from San Francisco on April 27, 2010:

Great hub! It's nice to see companies are hiring.

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on April 27, 2010:

Very interesting! Great article, you did good research.

Nigerian Jobs on April 27, 2010:

Great analysis, very valuable indeed

Runway from New York on April 27, 2010:

This is great for kids in college looking for careers!

kampuslanding on April 26, 2010:

Really a valuable information. Thanks for posting

byinternet on April 26, 2010:

Excellent......time demanding will help to build a job oriented carrer.

Zreeves11 from Kent on April 26, 2010:

i like the information cheers was very helpful

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 25, 2010:

Medical work is hard, but I think it must be gruelng, with poor working conditions some places, or more people would enter the field. What do you think?

Kathleen Lewis from Southern Michigan on April 24, 2010:

Wow! What a thorough Hub! I know in Michigan, where the unemployment level is one of the highest in the country, medical related jobs are still the hot thing. Information Technology is in second place.

lisa brazeau from Canada on April 21, 2010:

I work in Emergency at Cardiac/Trauma center. Staff shortages at times reach dangerous levels. Great read, great hub!Thanks

Rismayanti from Tropical Island on April 21, 2010:

Informative and helpful.. giving the wide perspective to all.. thank you for yoor great hub.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on April 20, 2010:

Patti, your job hubs are so helpful to many people. I consider you a gem in the HubPages community... best to you as always!

paintball guru on April 19, 2010:

Wow, this article was very informative for a lot of people. I like that you discussed reasons, and then supported them with graphs.

Young adults can gain a lot from this.

Software engineers number 1. I believe it, there is such a high demand for these jobs.

John on April 18, 2010:

that's cool!

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on March 29, 2010:

Great information to help people decide career paths. I have bookmarked this to show to my son. He wants to go back to school to certify as a physical trainer (could be a good tie-in for a physical therapist occupation) He loves training and working out. My last ROP teacher told me there would be alot of jobs in the visual communications fields in the future - I imagine exactly for the reasons you listed here in the hub. Thumbs up and thanks for info Patty!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 25, 2010:

An Irish jobs link - thanks very much Minds. Quite a few UK residents look at write on Hubpages.

Minds on March 25, 2010:

An informative topic for everyone. Thanks for sharing this resource

Here's an interesting website that I came across, for Jobseekers and Job Holders find jobs with Category wise not advertised on other boards


Thanking you in Advance

Warm Regards

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 25, 2010:

Congratulations, HubpagesCreation! I have been seeing a lot of jo0b opeings for managers, asst. managers and physical and occupational therapists around the country; financial planners and advisors as well. I think newly developed jobs titles will emerge this year also as top jobs.

HubpagesCreation from Internet on March 25, 2010:

Such an awesome HUB; thumbs up! Glad that my job is also within the top 20!! Woohoo

Mike on March 24, 2010:

I like this note. Keep it going.

Dental Jobs on March 23, 2010:

Great article mate, very interesting but what about dentists lol - Cheers

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 02, 2010:

nice information. I'll bookmark this one.

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