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You don't need a crystal ball to predict where all the job openings will be over the next several years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these 10 fields are expected to grow by about 30 percent or more between now and 2020.
As ongoing research continues to link oral health and overall health, the demand for dental services is expected to increase by 38 percent. Unlike a dentist, a hygienist strictly provides preventative dental care, and therefore, the job only requires an associate's degree and a state license. As a dental hygienist, you would work in a dentist's office and perform teeth cleanings and examinations for oral diseases like gingivitis. [Learn more about this job]
If you're passionate about sports, get in the game by becoming a coach or talent scout. Vast knowledge of and experience with your chosen sport is required, usually gained through playing it on some level. You don't necessarily need a bachelor's degree, but you're much more employable in this field if you're certified to teach academic subjects. A job as a talent scout would allow you to attend games all over the country to find and recruit the best athletes, making it an ideal position for those who love to travel. Though you could work with professional or college teams, you're more likely to find a position at a middle or high school, where increasing coach turnover rates are expected to create job openings. [Learn more about this job]
Home Health Aide
The baby boomer generation is getting older, and by the end of the decade, there will be a 70 percent increase in the demand for home health aides to help care for them. Aides are generally responsible for assisting with bathing, dressing and housekeeping for the disabled or chronically ill, and in some cases, they may administer medication. You don't need a degree or prior experience to work in a private residence, but working in a certified hospice or care facility requires formal training and a standardized test. [Learn more about this job]
The number of personal financial advisers is also expected to grow due to aging baby boomers. As more people enter retirement, the need for advice on investments, taxes and insurance decisions will consequently increase. You'll need at least a bachelor's degree to work in this field, but a master's degree and certification boosts your chances of getting hired. Since most financial advisers are self-employed and meet with clients during evening and weekend hours, this is a great opportunity to start a side business. [Learn more about this job]
Individuals that can handle high levels of stress and are willing to respond to life-threatening situations can undergo training to become a paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT). Once you've completed the training and licensing program, you will be responsible for providing urgent medical care and transportation for critically sick or injured individuals. The hours are erratic and the work can be physically and emotionally strenuous, but it's a worthwhile career path in which you can potentially save people's lives. [Learn more about this job]
Add physical therapist to the list of jobs you can thank baby boomers for: This generation is staying active later in life than their parents and grandparents, and as age-related conditions set in and injuries occur, they'll need therapists to help with mobility and pain management. This occupation, which is expected to grow by nearly 40 percent, requires a doctoral degree and state license. Physical therapists usually have private practices, but some are employed by clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. [Learn more about this job]
Market Research Analyst
Every single business-to-consumer company has a target market. Where do they get their information about that market? Market research analysts. This lucrative career has a projected growth rate of more than 40 percent, and there are opportunities in a wide variety of industries. Most of a market research analyst's time is spent collecting market data and preparing reports for clients. A bachelor's degree and strong math and analytical skills are a must, and if you hold a master's degree, your chances of employment are even higher. [Learn more about this job]
Clinical Social Worker
It's no coincidence that so many of these occupations are in the health field. The Huffington Post reported last year that the health care industry will create 5.6 million more jobs by 2020, and with the upcoming changes of the Affordable Care Act, that number is likely to increase. Another one of these growing health careers is clinical social work. Social workers in a clinical setting diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues in patients at mental health clinics, schools and hospitals. You'll need a master's degree and state license to become a clinical social worker, but there is the potential to start a private practice once you have some experience. [Learn more about this job]
Working as a pharmacy technician is an excellent full- or part-time opportunity that doesn't require a college degree. Pharmacy technicians work with licensed pharmacists to dispense prescription medication in grocery store, drugstore and hospital pharmacies. Depending on your state, you may need to complete a training program and pass an exam for this position. [Learn more about this job]
A strong set of computer programming skills and a bachelor's degree in computer science can land you a job as a software developer. The market for computer software is continually expanding, and tech companies are in need of developers to design their applications and systems. Most software developers work full-time for computer systems design firms, software publishers and computer/electronic manufacturers. [Learn more about this job]
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.