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What Jobs Are Going to Be Most In-Demand in the Next 5 Years?

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

If you are considering your future and thinking of changing career fields, you're probably wondering where there will be lots of opportunity in the next few years. Choosing a career with enormous growth potential is a thoughtful way to make sure that you will be in high demand for a long time to come. Here are a few possibilities.


There is going to be exponential growth in cybersecurity over the next five years. The very newness of this career means that there is no established path to becoming a cybersecurity expert. This means that those who possess practical knowledge and technical expertise will be in very high demand. You may want to start by getting basic certificates from Microsoft and Cisco. Think about the entire scope of your life beyond the workplace because you'll need to be able to qualify for the highest security ratings.

Criminal Justice

More than 158,000 jobs will be created in protective services from 2016 to 2026. Demand is also projected to increase for a variety of jobs in federal agencies, such as transit and railroad police, and gaming investigators. One of the reasons this career field will grow so rapidly is that there are so many different niches to be filled. The need for police officers alone is expected to climb by 10 percent over the next decade. Others entering this field will spend their days in the courtroom as lawyers or paralegals. The amount of education required for different criminal justice occupations varies greatly.

Renewable Energy

The number of jobs available in renewable energy will quickly expand over the next few years. Many may want to get started by installing solar systems in homes. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics believes the demand for solar photovoltaic installers will outpace all other careers. Wind turbine technicians will also be in high demand with the industry adding more than 25,000 jobs per year. People who would like to become qualified in this field may want to consider acquiring some type of engineering degree. Those interested in construction may choose to focus on green energy techniques.

Health Care

Americans continue to get older, so it should come as no surprise that the demand for healthcare workers continues to rise. Some may choose to work as home health aides or personal attendants, but there will also be a significant need for more physician assistants and nurses. The future looks bright for those who choose to work hard. Consider one of these jobs as your next career move.

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