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Top jobs in demand right now

Two words that can change your life: Renewable energy…or health care…or information technology.

Top jobs in demand right now

These careers have the most job opportunities.

You need a new job. Like, yesterday.

But job searching is hard. It not only takes time, but there’s the constant threat of automation and outsourcing taking over the workforce. So you definitely don’t want to waste your time working in a dying profession. (Our sincerest apologies to anyone who had plans of growing up to be a floppy disk developer or a typewriter repair person.)

So, which jobs will yield the most opportunity over time? While the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average growth rate for all jobs is between 5% and 8%, we wanted to know which jobs are growing faster than the average. As in, faster-than-retired-NASCAR-driver-Jeff-Gordon fast. That’s why we identified the 20 fastest-growing jobs on the market, all of which are projected to grow by more than 25% between 2016 and 2026, according to BLS data.

Despite the recent rise in coal mining, renewable energy jobs not only take the top two spots, but also tout growth rates that far surpass any other profession. According to BLS data, jobs for solar PV installers (No. 1) are projected to grow by 105% through 2026, while jobs for wind turbine service technicians (No. 2) are expected to increase by 96%. Job security, check!

However, you’ll also find that health care jobs, such as home health aides, personal care aides, and physician assistants, dominate the list, as the industry, as a whole, currently stands as the biggest job-creating sector in the labor market.

Click through the full list below and see how fast you can get hired in one of these top jobs.

1. Solar photovoltaic installers

Projected growth rate: 105%

Median pay: $39,490 per year

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2. Wind turbine service technicians

Projected growth rate: 96%

Median pay: $53,880 per year

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3. Home health aides

Projected growth rate: 47%

Median pay: $23,210 per year

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4. Personal care aides

Projected growth rate: 39%

Median pay: $23,100 per year

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5. Physician assistants

Projected growth rate: 37%

Median pay: $104,860 per year

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6. Nurse practitioners

Projected growth rate: 36%

Median pay: $103,880 per year

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7. Statisticians

Projected growth rate: 34%

Median pay: $84,060 per year

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8. Physician therapist assistants

Projected growth rate: 31%

Median pay: $57,430 per year

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9. Software developers

Projected growth rate: 31%

Median pay: $101,790 per year

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10. Mathematicians

Projected growth rate: 30%

Median pay: $103,010 per year

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11. Physical therapist aides

Projected growth rate: 29%

Median pay: $25,730 per year

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12. Bicycle repairers

Projected growth rate: 29%

Median pay: $28,390 per year

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13. Medical assistants

Projected growth rate: 29%

Median pay: $32,480 per year

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14. Genetic counselors

Projected growth rate: 29%

Median pay: $77,480 per year

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15. Occupational therapy assistants

Projected growth rate: 19%

Median pay: $59,310 per year

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16. Information security analysts

Projected growth rate: 28%

Median pay: $95,510 per year

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17. Physical therapists

Projected growth rate: 28%

Median pay: $86,850 per year

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18. Operations research analysts

Projected growth rate: 27%

Median pay: $81,390 per year

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19. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

Projected growth rate: 27%

Median pay: $37,990 per year

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20. Massage therapists

Projected growth rate: 26%

Median pay: $39,990 per year

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