Whether you’re a student who’s still undecided what course to take in college or an employee who wants to make a career switch, you may want to consider these most in-demand jobs in the United States. A brief description of the job is provided, along with median salary and projected hiring growth. Jobs in healthcare and information technology dominate the list.
Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in the United States
1. Home Health Aide
A home health aide helps people with chronic illness, disabilities, or cognitive impairment with their daily activities. They can provide basic health-related services (such as checking of blood pressure), preparing meals, and running errands. Often, they help older adults who need assistance.
Median Salary – $22,600 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 38%
2. Physical Therapist
Physical therapists help patients who are recovering from injury or illness to regain movement and manage pain. They do this through biomechanics, exercise, electrotherapy, and other techniques.
Median Salary – $84,020 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 35%
3. Registered Nurse
Registered nurses keep patients’ records, administer medication, coordinate with other healthcare providers, monitor patients, and provide emotional support to patients and family members. They are employed in a broad variety of settings and usually specialize in a field of practice. They can work in hospitals, nursing homes, physician’s offices, and home health care services.
Median Salary – $68,450 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 16%
4. Software Engineer
A software engineer is in charge of the design, development, maintenance, and testing of software and computer systems. Software engineers usually work with businesses or government agencies.
Median Salary – $98,270 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 19%
5. Information Security Analyst
An information security analyst is involved in planning and carrying out security measures to safeguard the computer networks and systems of an organization. Information security analysts also undertake preventive measures such as copying and transferring data to an off-site location.
Median Salary – $90,282 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 19%
6. Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists help people raise their ability to do tasks in their living or working environments. They also work with individuals with physically, mentally, or developmentally disabling conditions. They help patients improve motor functions and reasoning abilities through physical exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Median Salary – $81,910 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 27%
7. Web Developer
The job of a web developer involves designing, coding, and modifying websites. Web developers create visually appealing websites which feature user-friendly design and clear navigation. They aim to provide the best layout and function, according to clients’ specifications.
Median Salary – $66,130 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 24%
8. Data Scientist
Data scientists use data and analytical ability to find and interpret data sources, manage large amounts of data, ensure consistency of data sets, and present the data insights/findings.
Median Salary – $111,267 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 16%
9. Operations Manager
The operations manager’s job is to ensure an organization is running well, with service that is efficient and meets the needs of customers and clients. Specific responsibilities can vary between companies, but in general, it includes monitoring the system of production and improving it if necessary.
Median Salary – $97,730 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 7%
10. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
A diagnostic medical sonographer is a person who uses ultrasonic imaging devices (ultrasound) to view and interpret images, scans, or 3D volumes for the diagnosis of medical conditions.
Median Salary – $64,280 Projected hiring growth by 2024 – 26%