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15 Top Jobs for Younger Workers

15 Top Jobs for Younger Workers
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From childhood all the way through college and beyond, many people are pressured to come up with a response to the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life?"

While some people know from an early age what they want to do with their careers, others have a hard time figuring out the right path. A new study from CareerBuilder revealed that nearly 25 percent of high school students choose their career based on something they saw on television or in a movie. The research also shows that one-third of full-time employees regret the college major they chose. 

When young workers are deciding what type of career to pursue, Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, says they should be asking two questions: 

  • What am I passionate about? 
  • Does data show that this occupation is growing and pays well? 

"The more informed you are about your options and what it takes to get to where you want to be, the better the outcome," Haefner said in a statement

To help set young professionals on the right path, CareerBuilder analyzed data to determine the top occupations for younger workers based on jobs that are growing quickly, pay good wages and have a solid concentration of workers between the ages of 19 and 24. [See Related Story: Young Professionals Need Passion Above All Else to Succeed]

"There is a world of opportunity open to younger workers in business, technical and creative fields," Haefner said. 

Based on the data, these are the top 15 jobs for young workers: 

Social science research assistants 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 29,494 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 5 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $21.96 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 28 percent 

Coaches and scouts 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 233,107 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 7 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $19.50 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 22 percent 

Adult basic and secondary education and literacy teachers and instructors 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 68,590 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 5 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $25.90 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 22 percent 

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 35,352 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 7 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $22.28 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 20 percent 

Forensic science technician 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 15,033 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 12 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.04 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 18 percent 

Camera operators for TV, video and motion picture 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 20,616 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 7 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $27.85 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 15 percent 

Physical therapist assistants 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 87,426 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 13 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $26.59 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 15 percent 

Biological technicians 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 76,615 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 5 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $21.77 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 14 percent 

Film and video editors 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 30,073 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 18 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $38.89 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 13 percent 

Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 27,818 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 7 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $19.12 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 13 percent 

Automotive service technicians and mechanics 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 656,896 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 7 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $19.65 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 12 percent 

Surgical technologists 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 106,185 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 7 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $22.17 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 11 percent 

Sound engineering technicians 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 15,755 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 8 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.87 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 11 percent 

Public relations specialists 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 240,660 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 7 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $31.66 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 9 percent 

Web developers 

  • Number of 2017 jobs: 142,682 
  • Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017: 19 percent 
  • Average hourly earnings: $34.09 
  • Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24: 8 percent 

The study was based on data from Emsi, CareerBuilder's labor market analysis arm, which pulls information from nearly 100 national, state and local employment resources.

 

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.