10 Fastest Growing Jobs This Year


Despite the unstable nature of the U.S. job market and economy, it seems some job industries have managed to grow and remained bountiful during this past year. CareerBuilder recently ranked the 10 fastest growing jobs by measuring increases in job listings since last year. But with so many people unemployed and job growth remaining somewhat stagnant, why are these occupations thriving?

According to Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, “The world’s dependency on technology, the pervasiveness of social media, and the need to drive sales and expand into new markets are all driving double-digit growth across a variety of fields.”

Some of these occupations did not surprise me. Social media managers, training and development managers, and financial analysts all make sense considering the popularity of new technologies and the state of the job market. Take a look and see if any of the fastest growing occupations surprise you.

Here are CareerBuilder’s 10 fastest growing jobs in the last year:

  • Software Engineer – job listings are up 74 percent year-over-year
    With the proliferation of smart devices and the Internet and the race to get innovations to market first, tech-savvy workers are in high demand.
  • Customer Service Representative – up 50 percent
    Companies continue to invest in strengthening customer loyalty and extending sales opportunities across industries.
  • Social Media Manager – up 48 percent
    A position that didn’t exist in many companies five years ago, social media managers are being added to employee rosters as companies tap into the power of Facebook, Twitter, and other venues to increase visibility, market their products, and manage brand perceptions.
  • Truck Driver – up 45 percent
    An uptick in manufacturing activity and the demand for goods and services are keeping the roads busy.
  • Pharmacy Technician – up 43 percent
    An aging population and a sharp increase in the number of Americans with access to medical care is driving demand across health-related professions.
  • Training & Development Manager – up 41 percent
    Despite a tough job market, one-third of employers currently have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates and half of all employers reported they have plans to hire workers who have no experience in their industries and train them.They need training managers to help fill the gaps for high skill positions and get employees up to speed.
  • Financial Analyst – up 39 percent
    Still recovering from one of the deepest recessions felt across the globe, companies need individuals who can provide guidance on market trends and investment decisions.
  • Video Editor – up 36 percent
    Forty-eight hours of video are uploaded on YouTube every minute. Companies continue to invest in ways to take their messages and initiatives viral. Video has become an integral way for organizations to share news about their organizations externally and internally.
  • Sales Representative – up 35 percent
    Companies need individuals who can deepen market penetration and drive top-line growth for their organizations.
  • Chef/Cook – up 34 percent
    Restaurant and food service jobs are increasing as the economy improves and households have more flexibility in spending.

So if you ever needed a reason for a career change, maybe you should take CareerBuilder’s top 10 fastest growing jobs list as a sign. Many of these fastest growing jobs may continue to remain in high demand in job listings.

Do any of these occupations make your list of dream jobs? If not, do you know of any growing fields to add to this list?

For this post, Doostang thanks Come Recommended.

About the Author:  Kristen Wishon holds an M.S. and B.S. in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in art history from West Virginia University (WVU). Prior to joining Come Recommended, Kristen gained public relations, editorial and promotional writing, and social media experience through several health & pharmacy-focused internships in West Virginia.

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