The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs in America (plus one more)

11 - Cost Estimator
Expected increase in jobs: 36.4%
Median annual salary: $61,405
A bachelor’s degree, solid verbal and written communication skills and "big picture" focus ability paired with an attention to detail are prerequisites to a career in this growing field. Senior level estimators earn an average pay of $61,405, and the industry is expected to add 67,000 jobs for a total of 252,000 by 2020, according to the BLS. In a nutshell, cost estimators figure out how much a project or product will cost. This helps decision-makers decide whether or not it's advisable to create a new product or invest in a new project. Cost estimators also find out which jobs are making a profit. They study information on all of the things that can change the cost of a project, including supplies, labor, and location.

10 - Health Educator
Expected increase in johs: 36%
Median annual salary: $52,810
Working in a variety of settings including schools and clinics, health educators provide health education to promote healthy lifestyles for individuals, groups and communities. These workers plan, deliver and evaluate educational interventions to help patients manage their condition, improve health outcomes and reduce disability. Escalating healthcare costs will be fought at the ground level through greater efforts toward public health education. Because of this, the BLS reports more than 23,000 new health educator jobs will be added by 2020, making it an appealing job with plenty of room for growth.

9 - Audiologist
Expected increase in jobs: 36.8%
Median annual salary: $69,515
In yet another fast-growing health care related career, audiologists play a very important role in administering and interpreting a variety of tests -- such as air and bone conduction, and speech reception and discrimination tests -- to determine the type and degree of hearing impairment, site of damage, and effects on comprehension and speech. Most audiologists require a master's degree, and work with patients of all ages (although most tend to be elderly) who are suffering from hearing loss. They are often tasked with prescribing hearing aids and fitting cochlear implants. According to the BLS, nearly 5,000 new audiologist jobs will be created by 2020. Although it requires time and education, its rate of growth makes it a worthy investment. Median annual salary: $61,405

8 - Dental Hygienist
Expected increase in jobs: 37.7%
Median annual salary: $62,276
Yes, dental hygienists clean teeth. But as inclusion on this list proves, the job of a dental hygienist is evolving and becoming more and more sought after. Along with cleaning, the hygienist often performs sealings, root planing, and in educating the patient in general oral hygiene. In some places, it has become common in dentistry clinics for the hygienist to handle teeth bleaching procedures as well. Hygienists also feel lymph nodes under the patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer, as well as visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease. Most dental hygienists need at least an associate's degree, as well as formal training to obtain a license. By 2020, the BLS predicts more than 68,000 new jobs will be available for dental hygienists -- an increase of almost 38%.

7 - Market Research Analyst/Marketing Specialist
Expected increase in jobs: 41.2%
Median annual salary: $51,377/$53,045
The BLS lists these two careers together, probably because they're both on the rise and work hand-in-hand. Market research analysts perform research and pore over market data in an attempt to figure out if conditions are suitable for a particular product or service. Analysts are responsible not only for determining how conditions and changes in the industry will affect sales, but also for surveying competitors as well. Although laborious, it is the backbone of every marketing plan. Once an analyst has done his/her due diligence and the project moves forward, it's up to the marketing specialist to create a program that will advance the product and grow market share. Understanding consumer trends to effectively reach customers is a vital job component, and knowledge of how media works is also a must. These two jobs will see nearly 117,000 additional positions open up by 2020, according to the BLS.

6 - Translator
Expected increase in jobs: 42.2%
Median annual salary: $43,499
With the Internet and advances in modern technology, many jobs are truly global in nature. But with communications and paperwork traveling across continents, someone needs to make sure we're all speaking the same language. These workers provide translations from one language to another either in the form of written documents or live spoken word. Obvious requirements include learning multiple languages and being certified to provide accurate depictments of what is being said. When business deals or court cases rely on credible and accurate accounts, a qualified translator is invaluable to the proceedings. For that reason and more, the BLS expects nearly 25,000 new jobs to open up in this field by 2020.

5 - Ultrasound Technologist
Expected increase in jobs: 43.5%
Median annual salary: $55,812
Capturing internal body images via high frequency sound waves could earn you a national average salary well over the $60,000/year mark, depending on your location. This field requires excellent communication skills, independent thinking and collaboration with other medical professionals. Interacting with concerned and/or critically ill patients requires both compassion and heightened social skills. More than 23,000 additional sonographer positions are predicted by 2020, and an entry level position can be attained with an associate’s degree.

4 - Meeting/Event Planner
Expected increase in jobs: 43.7%
Median annual salary: $61,405
Are you meticulous? Are you constantly attending professional and personal events and thinking "I could've planned things better?" Well, you're not alone since the BLS is predicting more than 31,000 new event planner positions will be created by 2020. A professional event planner is the point person for things like weddings, parties, and corporate events of varying scale. They take care of choosing and booking a location, entertainment, food and drink selection and all other details. Working either independently or as part of an agency, event planners take the burden off the group responsible for hosting the event, all the while staying under budget.

3 - Physical Therapy Assistant
Expected increase in jobs: 45.7%
Median annual salary: $47,028
Although this job requires less skill, training and education compared to an actual physical therapist, becoming a physical therapy assistant is a great way to help people at the ground level. Which is probably why it's one of the fastest-growing jobs in America, with more than 30,000 new jobs expected to open up by 2020, according to the BLS. This essential position helps treat patient suffering from injuries or physical disabilities. The PT assistant helps with mobility and pain relief exercises, goes over the necessities such as how to use crutches, and shows them how to perform exercise and stretches that are mandatory to help range of motion and flexibility. Normally applicants need a minimum of an associate's degree, but the job also requires accredited physical therapy programs as well.

2 - Biomedical Engineer
Expected increase in jobs: 61.7%
Median annual salary: $50,230 (entry level)
f you haven't already noticed the trend created by the aging Baby Boomer population, here's another health care related job in the medical field. Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and healthrelated problems. The research performed by these workers in conjunction with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, aims to develop and evaluate systems and products for use in the fields of biology and health. These include prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, health management, and care delivery systems. The BLS expects an increase of nearly 62% in job openings, which translates to 9,700 new openings in this specialized field, for which the pay range climbs to nearly $100,000 with a few years of experience.

1 - Home Care Aide
Expected increase in jobs: 69.4%
Median annual salary: $21,309
Although it's lower on the income scale, home care aides makes up for it by being in demand. In fact, the BLS says more than 700,000 new jobs in this field will open up by 2020. Home health and personal care aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They also come to the homes of older adults who may need assistance but want to remain in their own residences and out of fully assisted living. Aides are important because they bath and dress clients, as well as providing light housekeeping. Occasionally and depending on the state in which they work, aides can give a client medication or check vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner. With the Baby Boomers aging, it's a sure bet this career is one that will be in constant demand over the next few years.