High Demand Career Fields


High demand career fields are those that are expected to have the most future job openings. Even in the most difficult economies there are high demand career fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the career fields that are expected to grow the fastest in the foreseeable future (see Resources).

Health Care

  • Health care jobs are expected to grow by as much as 55 percent between 2006 and 2016, adding about 3 million new jobs to the economy. The percentages range from 13 percent growth in hospital employment to 55 percent growth in the home health care field.


  • The educational sector is expected to add another 1.4 million jobs, an increase of 10.7 percent by 2016. Those jobs are expected to be evenly spread at all levels of education.

Computer Technical Consulting

  • Computer systems management jobs are expected to grow by as much as 78 percent by 2016, adding nearly 700,000 jobs. The bulk of these jobs will be in management of information systems and computer security.

Food Preparation and Hospitality Industry

  • Restaurant jobs and the hospitality industry is expected to add 1.4 million jobs, growing by about 18 percent. The largest growth in the hospitality industry will be in food preparation and service.

Retail Sector Jobs

  • The retail sector is expected to grow by 6 percent, adding about 700,000 jobs. Many of those jobs will be consolidated in "superstores" rather than in small retail businesses.

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