1. Registered Nurses
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 3,238,300
Current Median Salary: $65,470
Career Analysis: As the Baby Boomer generation begins to experience the effects of aging, healthcare careers will be in high demand in order to meet their care needs. The U.S. is currently experiencing a nursing shortage as well, so the demand for nurses will be high for many years to come.
2. Environmental Scientists and Specialists
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 103,200
Current Median Salary: $63,570
Career Analysis: As the government begins looking for ways to conserve Earth’s natural resources, there will be a need for environmental scientists and specialists to develop new regulations and technologies. Companies will also be looking to hire environmental scientists and specialists to help monitor, manage and comply with the new standards.
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 2 out of 5 U.S. workers
Current Median Salary: $0 – Infinity (and beyond)
Career Analysis: Twitter, Amazon and Apple were all started by individuals with a passion for bringing their ideas to life, and you can do it too. The demand for new products and services to increase efficiency and quality of life will always be high, and anybody who can meet those demands will reap the benefits.
4. Retail salesperson
Occupational Group: Sales and related occupations
Change in employment (from 2010 to 2020): +706,800
Percent change: +16.6%
Typical education required: Less than high school
5. Counselors and Therapists
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 214,500
Current Median Salary: $41,500
Over the past few years, the stigma around seeking mental help has declined. Society is realizing the importance of addressing psychological problems, and insurance companies are expanding coverage to mental health services. Counseling and therapy professionals will be in higher demand as more people seek mental health services.
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 78,700
Current Median Salary: $84,460
Career Analysis: People love pets, and many treat them as a member of the family. Pet ownership will continue to grow, fueling a need for veterinarians to care for these furry family members.
7. Scientific Researchers
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 116,800
Current Median Salary: $87,000
Career Analysis: Scientific research, particularly in the medical and technology fields, will boom as public demand increases for life-saving devices and high-tech gadgets.
8. Market Research Analysts
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 547,200
Current Median Salary: $60,300
Career Analysis: Marketing research analysts will be in high demand because companies rely on big data to make everyday decisions. Crunching this data will be crucial in the future for companies to gain insights on their customers, competitors and industry.
9. Computer Systems Analysts
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 648,300
Current Median Salary: $79,680
As companies continue to adopt the latest technologies, the need for computer systems analysts will grow to ensure the integration between hardware, software, and networks goes smoothly.
10. Accountants and Auditors
Predicted Jobs in 2022: 1,442,100
Current Median Salary: $63,550
Career Analysis: Finance is an integral part of any business, and as Wall Street works to comply with new financial regulations, there will be a high demand for financial experts. There may even be a shortage of financial students as undergraduates pursue other interests after the 2008 financial crisis.