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Fastest Growing Jobs for College Graduates

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These are the fastest growing occupations that require a bachelor's degree, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS predicts that these 10 careers will grow faster, through 2020, than all others that require the same level of education. The median wage is provided to give you an idea of what you might earn in these careers. Earnings vary by employer and depend on factors including level of experience and training, and location. Use the Salary Wizard at Salary.com to learn about salaries and wages where you live.

Do not choose an occupation based entirely on its appearance on this or any other best careers list no matter how promising its future. First of all the BLS reassesses its forecasts every other year and an occupation's outlook may change during that time. Most importantly, a career has to be a good match for you. Learn everything you can about it by exploring it thoroughly. Read a job description and conduct informational interviews with people working in the field. Make sure an occupation is a good match for your interests, personality type, aptitude and values.

Sources:
CareerOneStop, Fastest-Growing Occupations
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013
O*NET OnLine

1. Biomedical Engineers

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Biomedical engineers first analyze and then solve problems having to do with biology and medicine. This includes designing, developing and evaluating devices such as artificial organs, prostheses and instruments. They also create procedures, such as medical information systems and health management and care delivery systems. Employment in this field is expected to grow by 62% through 2020. Biomedical engineers earned a median salary of $84,670 (US) in 2011.

2. Event Planners

Event planners coordinate conventions, business meetings, trade shows, private parties and other events. They arrange for venues, catering, decorations and entertainment. Employment of event planners is projected to grow by 44% through 2020. Median annual earnings were $46,020 (US) in 2011.

3. Translators and Interpreters

Translators and interpreters convert information—written and spoken—from one language to another. In addition to using their knowledge of both languages to accomplish this, they must also use what they know about the associated cultures and the subject matter. Translators and interpreters are expected to see a 42% increase in employment through 2020. They earned a median annual salary of $44,160 (US) in 2011.

4. Market Research Analysts

Market research analysts conduct research and analyze data in order to help companies determine what products and services to sell, how much to charge for them and where and how to sell them. Employment in this field is expected to grow by 41% through 2020. Market research analysts earned a median annual salary of $60,250 (US) in 2011.

5. Health Educators

Health educators teach the public how to avoid behaviors that can cause life-threatening health conditions. They work in health care facilities and in schools, and for businesses that promote healthy lifestyles. Employment of health educators is projected to grow by 37% through 2020. People working in this field earned a median annual salary of $47,940 (US) in 2011.

6. Cost Estimators

Cost estimators determine the approximate costs of completing manufacturing and construction projects taking into account production time and resources. Employment growth is expected to be 36% through 2020. Those working in this occupation earned a median annual salary of $58,460 (US) in 2011.

7. Geographers

Geographers do research about the physical characteristics, as well as the inhabitants, of a particular region of the earth. They work for governments and businesses who use this information to plan for the building of highways and homes, respond to disasters and implement marketing strategies. Employment of geographers is projected to grow by 35% through 2020. In 2008 they earned a median annual salary of $74,760 (US) in 2011.

8. Systems Software Developers

Systems software developers create the programs that make computers and other devices run. These other devices include ereaders, music players and video game systems. There is expected to be a 32% growth in employment of systems software developers through 2020. Those working in this field earned a median annual salary of $96,600 (US) in 2011.

9. Personal Financial Advisors

Personal financial advisors assist people with investment decisions. They help their clients plan for short and long term financial goals. There is expected to be a 32% increase in employment in this field through 2020. Financial advisors earned a median salary of $66,580 (US) in 2011.

10. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Mental health and substance abuse social workers direct individuals to services that can help them with their mental disorders and alcohol and drug abuse. They do not provide therapy. Employment in this field is expected to increase by 31% through 2020. Mental health and substance abuse social workers earned a median annual salary of $39,230 (US) in 2011.

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