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9 of the fastest-growing professions to help you choose a career path

health care professional nurse practitioner
March 14, 2017

By Maggie Jenkins

Whether you’re just starting college, getting ready to enter the workforce or simply looking to make a career change, it can be tough to figure out how to choose a career path.

So, where to begin?

For starters, there’s more to a choosing a career path than simply finding something you want to do. It’s also about finding the right combination of work you enjoy and considerations like education requirements, how much it pays and job availability.

We dug around the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent reports to give you a jumping off point. Check out these careers that pay well and are also among the fastest-growing professions to help you maximize your earning potential while ensuring job security for the long haul.

Fast-growing professions in health care

Registered Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Physical Therapist

Fast-growing professions in technology

App Developer

Computer Systems Analyst

Web Developer

Other fast-growing professions

Personal Financial Advisor

Cartographer/Photogrammetrist

Wind Turbine Service Technician


Maggie Jenkins is the PR and Social Media Specialist at Alliant. She began her career as a sports journalist for newspapers in Utica, N.Y., Des Moines and Cincinnati before moving to Chicago in 2009. Maggie is a six-time Chicago Marathon finisher and a lifelong creative writer with a passion for comedy. Her mom instilled in her a great sense of fiscal responsibility, and her big sister told her to throw that responsibility out the window every once in a while in the name of life experience. So far, that combination of financial advice has worked out pretty well for her.