Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs

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Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs

Event Planner is one career field expected to grow significantly between 2010-2020. Getty Images / Peter Dazeley

As the economy grows and technology develops, the career landscape shifts in response. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, certain jobs are expected to grow in the coming years. The fields with anticipated growth include a wide-range of jobs, from home health care to construction, veterinary technology to event planning.

Here's a list of the top 10 fastest growing jobs from 2010-2020.

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Personal Care Aide

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Home health and personal care aides provide assistance to elderly adults or disabled people who require help in their day-to-day lives. Aides help with eating, bathing and dressing, and may also be responsible for giving medication or checking vital signs.

Personal care aides generally work in a client's home, but are sometimes employed in group homes or assisted living facilities.

Home health and personal care aides must pass a test to be certified in the state they choose to work in.

The BLS reported an expected growth rate of 70 percent for personal care aides between 2010-2020.

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Biomedical Engineer

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Biomedical engineers create and maintain the tools for medical professionals to provide advanced care to their patients. They design equipment to help surgeons to operate on patients more effectively and less intrusively.

Biomedical engineers design and modify devices such as artificial limbs, organs and other body parts for patients. They create software to enable medical delivery systems to function more effectively.

Biomedical engineers are often involved with research projects to find new solutions to medical problems. They work in hospitals, for colleges, for medical products manufacturers and biotechnology companies.

To become a biomedical engineer, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in biomedical engineering is required.

The BLS anticipates biomedical engineering jobs will grow by 62 percent between 2010-2020.

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Construction Laborer

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As the economy picks up and companies start implementing new construction plans, the demand for construction laborers, including brick masons, stone masons, and tile and marble setters, is expected to rise.

Construction laborers are required to do physically demanding work in all weather conditions.

Construction job opportunities are expected to grow by 60 percent between 2010-2020.

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Carpenter

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Carpenters work with wood, whether it be building household furniture, assisting with the construction of a house, or designing and assembling the wooden features in a building.

Most carpenters receive on-the-job training, but many take up apprenticeships to refine their skills.

The BLS predicts carpenter jobs will grow by 56 percent between 2010-2020.

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Veterinary Technologists and Technician

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Veterinary technologists and technicians work under veterinarians to diagnose and treat animals. Veterinary technicians are responsible for performing medical tests, administering medicine, or assisting with medical procedures or surgery.

They may work in veterinary clinics, laboratories, teaching universities or larger animal hospitals. As is the case with the medical field, the hours are often unpredictable and veterinary technicians are generally required to work weekends, evenings and holidays.

Those who wish to become a veterinary technologist must complete a 4-year bachelor's degree in a related field, whereas the technician position requires a 2-year associate's degree. In most states, both technologists and technicians must pass a certification exam and receive a license to work.

Careers for veterinary technologists and technicians are expected to grow by 52 percent between 2010-2020.

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Iron Worker

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Iron workers install and repair mesh, steel bars, cable and other fixtures as part of a construction project.

The increase is expected to be driven by the need to maintain, repair and replace infrastructure that is growing old.

The BLS predicts that iron workers with a variety of skills, including welding and post tensioning training, will have the best job prospects.

According to the BLS, job opportunities for iron workers will grow by 49 percent between 2010-2020.

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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical therapist assistants work with physical therapists to assist with patients. Much of the work is "hands-on," as physical therapist assistants help set up equipment, provide physical support for patients who struggle to walk, and help clean up or organize the physical therapy room.

Most physical therapist assistants have a 2-year associate's degree from a physical therapy program, but many receive continued on-the-job training, as well.

The BLS expects physical therapist assistant jobs to grow by 45 percent between 2010-2020.

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Plumber

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Plumbers assemble, maintain and repair plumbing and septic systems. Plumbers must be skilled in working with plumbing in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and other pipe systems in a home or building.

Plumbers, as well as pipe fitters, pipe layers and steam fitters are expected to see a job growth of 45 percent between 2010-2020.

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Meeting, Convention and Event Planner

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Event planners are responsible for finding venues, coordinating meeting locations, arranging travel plans and hotel accommodations, and making sure that all the plans run smoothly.

Although planners usually spend the average weekday in the office, for the duration of their events they are expected to be on-site, overseeing the meeting, convention or other special event like  a wedding or large party. Because of this, a significant amount of travel is often involved, sometimes on weekends or holidays.

Event planners generally have a bachelor's degree in hospitality administration, management or a related communications field.

The BLS predicts that these types of jobs will grow by 44 percent between in 2010-2020.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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Diagnostic medical sonographers use imaging equipment to diagnose medical conditions. Sonographers may be responsible for ultrasound or echocardiogram testing if they work in cardiovascular technology, for example.

Most sonographers work in hospitals or imaging clinics, and require a 2-year associate's degree, and in some cases, certification or licensing.

According to the BLS, diagnostic medical sonographer jobs will see an increase of 44 percent between 2010-2020.

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