The number of psychologist's are expected to grow 12% by 2022. Psychologists can work independently, or in team settings such as schools, social work or hospitals. A master's degree is pretty much required to have any type of career in psychology, and a doctoral degree is required for some positions and will also pay more. The average annual wage for psychologists is about $70,000.
2. Diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, vascular technologists
The number of diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and vascular technologists is expected to grow 39% by 2022. That means over 42,000 new jobs will be added in this field. With the aging baby-boomers, this type of work is becoming needed more and more. Diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and vascular technologist work in hospitals, doctor offices and other medical facilities. They operate special imaging equipment for testing procedures. The images and test results are provided to physicians to assess and diagnose medical conditions. Depending on what type of technician you are, the average wage can range anywhere from $50,000 - $65,000 per year.
3. Physician Assistants
Again, with the baby-boomers aging, there will be many new jobs added in the medical field for years to come. Physician Assistants typically have a master's degree and practice medicine on a team that is under the supervision of a physician. Although this field is fairly small at around 90,000, there will be another 33,000 new jobs added to this field by 2022 (a 38% increase). Physician Assistants usually work in hospitals or sometimes doctor offices. They also have a high median annual wage of over $90,000.
4. Information Security Analyst
With the increased threat of cyber-attacks and cyber-warfare, protecting private information is becoming more and more of a necessity. Information Security Analyst's carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. They usually work for computer companies, consulting firms, and business and financial companies. The field is expected to grow 37% by the 2022. This is also a field that only requires a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, and it pays a median annual wage of over $86,000.
5. Postsecondary Teachers
Providing adequate education is imperative to prepare young adults before they enter the workforce. Postsecondary Teachers can work in private or public institutions, as well as junior colleges, community colleges, and career and vocational schools. When they aren't teaching, they are conducting research and publishing scholarly papers and books. Although a master's degree can help get your foot in the door as a Postsecondary Teacher, a doctoral degree is practically required for those who want to make a career in this field. Postsecondary Teachers make up a large workforce of nearly 1.3 million nationwide, and are expected to grow 19% by 2022. The median annual wage is nearly $70,000.
6. Physical Therapists
Here's another profession in the medical field that is going to grow rapidly (36% by 2022). Physical Therapists help people who have either endured an injury or are fighting an illness by helping them improve their movement and manage their pain. They play an important role in helping patients through rehabilitation when dealing with chronic conditions or injuries. Physical Therapists work in doctor offices and hospitals, as well as nursing homes (an area where they are expected to grow exponentially). Physical Therapists are required to have a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and make a median annual wage of around $80,000.
*All data was pulled from the United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor.