A Job: Still A Good Investment

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offers projections that can help you choose where to focus your education and experience if you are looking for a job during the decade 2016 to 2026. Although fast growing, the two top growing careers on the list (Solar photovoltaic installers &

Wind turbine service technicians) are pretty specialized, so there are not a lot of people in these jobs. However, according to the Bureau of Labor, the number of jobs in the areas of solar and wind power will double by 2016 demonstrating the increased interest in alternative energy.

Five of the top ten fastest growing careers are in health care. This make sense because our population in the US is growing older. As the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) grows older, they will not only leave the work force, but require more health-related services. Some of the careers that projected to grow by 2016 include

Home health aides

Personal care aides

Physicians assistants

Nurse practitioners

Physical Therapist assistants

The other two careers that are fast growing are related to the needs of the science, technology, engineering, and math community are include


Software developers, applications


What does all this data mean to you? Well if you are looking for a job, Houston is a good place to look and if you are looking for a particular type of job your outlook for finding a job is good if you are looking in the top ten fastest growing occupations.

I read once in a book on money, that the best investment is “a good job.”



Austin, Texas

medic treating patient

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New metropolitan area employment data for November 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:00 am (ET)

U.S. Department of Labor, 2018

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