Where the Jobs Are: The Industries With the Most New Jobs

Follow the news and you know there is a shortage of American employees, particularly in the restaurant and hospitality industry, following the pandemic. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does include waiters/servers in its top 20 occupations with the highest projected numeric change in employment, if you are looking for a career that doesn't require you to scrape gym off of the underside of a table the same projections show nine jobs that are and will be in high demand – all with salaries over $60,000 per year.
Where in the job market will there be the most job openings in the next decade? Here are the nine where you can earn the highest salary.

Industries with biggest projected growth

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, these industries will have the most new jobs between 2019 and 2029.

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

  • Projected new jobs: 130,300
  • Median salary: $65,810 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 18% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service and are employed throughout the economy."

Registered nurses

  • Projected new jobs: 221,900
  • Median salary: $75,330 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 7% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care and educate patients and the public about various health conditions and work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools."

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

  • Projected new jobs: 79,800
  • Median salary: $77,420 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 6% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: This is a wide and varied category of jobs and industries.

Management analysts

  • Projected new jobs: 93,800
  • Median salary: $87,660 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 11% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Management analysts recommend ways to improve an organization’s efficiency and may travel frequently to meet with clients."

General and operations managers

  • Projected new jobs: 143,800
  • Median salary: $103,650 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 4% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Top executives work in nearly every industry, for both small and large organizations. They often have irregular schedules, which may include working evenings and weekends. Travel is common, particularly for chief executives."

Medical and health services managers

  • Projected new jobs: 133,200
  • Median salary: $104,280 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 32% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers working in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and group medical practices."

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

  • Projected new jobs: 316,000
  • Median salary: $110,140 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 22% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Software developers design computer applications or programs. Software quality assurance analysts and testers identify problems with applications or programs and report defects."

Nurse practitioners

  • Projected new jobs: 110,700
  • Median salary: $111,680 per year
  • Education: Master's degree
  • Job growth: 45% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare."

Financial managers

  • Projected new jobs: 108,100
  • Median salary: $134,180 per year
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Job growth: 15% (Much faster than average)
  • What you'll do: "Financial managers create financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop plans for the long-term financial goals often in banks, investment firms, and insurance companies."
The biggest area of job growth is expected to be for Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides. The report estimates more than 1.1 million jobs in the next 10 years. Those in this career not only will have the highest number of jobs available as the Baby Boomer population continues to age and require assistance but will not require a college degree to be successful in the field. Typical entry-level positions require a high school diploma and provide on-the-job training. However, the median salary is just $27,080 per year.
Fast food and counter workers, as well as restaurant cooks, are the next two jobs in demand.
You'll find more information in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Help getting degrees for high-paying careers

Meanwhile, each job above and many high-paying careers require, at minimum, a Bachelor's Degree. This often means taking out student loans to get a degree. But some companies will help you pay off your student loans when you work with them. While not part of the government's top new growth projections, these 10 companies will help you make a big dent in your student loan debt and pay you a nice salary to join the team.
Top companies offering student loan repayment assistance include:

Nvidia

Offers: $6,000 annually up to $30,000
A company more in the public eye for being a hot stock, Nvidia provides artificial intelligence computing. Design and software engineers can find salaries between $135k and $145k, according to Indeed.com

Chegg

Offers: $3,000 to $5,000 annually
Helping students with homework help and textbooks, Glassdoor finds product managers earning $130k to $160k.

Aetna

Offers: $2,500 to $5,000 annually
Insurance is big business and the Hartford, Connecticut-based company pays an average salary of over $72k annually.

Google

Offers: $2,500 annually
Google is often touted for being a great place to work with numerous benefits, and that includes student loan repayment assistance. Software engineers can find salaries between $120k and $160k.

SoFi

Offers: $2,400 annually with no cap
You may know SoFi as an investment and trading platform but it is also a great place to work. Software engineers at SoFi can find salaries between $120k and #210k.

New York Life

Offers: $2,040 annually with a $10,000 cap
This life insurance company has a variety of positions. Life insurance agents average just over $50k, according to Payscale, while financial services reps are just a bit below. Still, the average base salary is reported at $76k.

Fidelity

Offers: $10,000 total repayment
An investment firm with retirement plans, brokerage services, and more. Customer support reps can find salaries nearing $38k but for financial and investment consultants, Indeed finds the salaries to average $61k to $65k. Analysts can find six-figure salaries.

Hulu

Offers: $1,200 annually
Streaming provider Hulu competes with big names like Netflix with good perks for its employees. The average salary at Hulu is near $86k.

Penguin Random House

Offers: $1,200 annually with a $9,000 cap
The publishing house that produces some of your favorite books has great pay for those in the industry. While a starting salary may only be $455k, the median salary is well over six figures.

Natixis Global Asset Management

Offers: $1,000 annually; $10,000 cap
One of Europe's biggest asset management companies is also big in the U.S. for building a portfolio. As an employee, investment consultants may start near $48k and credit analysts will find salaries at $92k, according to Glassdoor.
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