Fastest Growing Jobs for College Graduates

These are the fastest-growing occupations that require a bachelor's degree, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS predicts that employment in these ten careers will grow faster, between 2014 and 2024, than all other occupations that require the same level of education. 

Do not choose an occupation that is based entirely on its job outlook. While its appearance on this or another best careers list may mean a promising future, there are other things to consider. A career has to be a good match for you. Learn everything you can about the career field by exploring it thoroughly. Read a job description and conduct informational interviews with people working in the field. Make sure it will be a ​fulfilling career.

You should also note that the BLS reassesses its forecasts every other year and an occupation's outlook may change during that time. Additionally, fast growth does not necessarily translate into good job prospects. Some fields just don't employ a lot of people, even if they have high year-over-year growth.

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Operations Research Analysts

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After identifying problems businesses are having, operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to solve them. They help set prices, schedule production, and allocate resources.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in this field will grow by 30% between 2014 and 2024 when it is expected to employ almost 119,000 people. Operations research analysts earned a median annual salary of $78,630 in 2015.

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Personal Financial Advisors

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Personal financial advisors assist people with investment decisions. They help their clients plan for short and long-term financial goals.

The BLS expects a 30% increase in employment between 2014 and 2024. Just over 323,000 will work in this occupation according to predictions. In 2015, Financial advisors earned a median salary of $89,160.

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Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

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Cartographers collect geographic data that they use to create maps. Photogrammetrists use aerial photographs and satellite images to build models of the earth's surface which will eventually be used in map-making.

A high rate of employment growth—29% between 2014 and 2024—will lead to a relatively small number of jobs. By the end of this period, this field will only employ fewer than 16,000 people. Cartographers and photogrammetrists earned a median annual salary of $61,880 in 2015.

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Translators and Interpreters

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Translators and interpreters convert written and spoken information 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 29% increase in employment from 2014 to 2024. The BLS projects it will reach 78,500. The median annual salary was $44,190 in 2015.

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Forensic Science Technicians

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Some forensic science technicians gather and catalog physical evidence from crime scenes. Others analyze that evidence in laboratories. Forensic science technicians are also called crime scene investigators, criminalists, or forensic scientists.

This relatively small field is predicted to employ just over 18,000 people in 2024, up 27% from 2014. The median salary was $56,320 in 2015.

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Biomedical Engineers

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Biomedical engineers first analyze and then solve problems having to do with biology and medicine. They design, develop, and evaluate devices such as artificial organs, prostheses, and instruments. They also create procedures, such as medical information systems and health management and care delivery systems.

The BLS predicts employment in this field will grow by 23% from 2014 to 2024​ when it will reach just over 27,000.  In 2015, biomedical engineers earned a median salary of $86,220.

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Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

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Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors treat and support individuals who are recovering from addictions or who exhibit problem behaviors. They assess patients, and then develop and help them meet treatment goals.

The BLS predicts 22% job growth between 2014 and 2024, which will result in just over 116,000 people employed in the field by the end of that period. Median annual earnings were $39,980 in 2015.

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Athletic Trainers

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Athletic trainers treat people—usually athletes—who have injured their muscles or bones. These health care workers also teach individuals how to avoid these injuries. They receive supervision from doctors.

Employment of athletic trainers will grow by 21% between 2014 and 2024, according to BLS predictions. This, however, will not amount to a lot of people working in this field. By 2024, it will employ only 30,800 people. In 2015, median annual earnings were $44,670.

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Computer Systems Analysts

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Computer systems analysts help organizations use computer technology effectively. They may find technical solutions that help their employers reach their long-term goals, test and diagnose problems in computer systems, or write code and develop software for their organizations.

A 21% increase in employment from 2014 to 2024 will bring the workforce in this field up to 686,300. Computer systems analysts earned an annual median salary of $85,800 in 2015.

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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Mental health and substance abuse social workers provide services to individuals who abuse drugs or alcohol ​or have mental illnesses. They help them find resources in their communities and hospitals.

Employment will rise to 140,000, after this field experiences job growth of 19% from 2014 to 2024. Mental health and substance abuse social workers earned a median salary of $42,170 annually in 2015.