The 21 fastest-growing jobs for the next 5 years

Though some predictions about automation paint a bleak future, others offer a more optimistic outlook, predicting that technological innovations will create millions of jobs.

The latest optimistic prediction comes from employment website CareerBuilder.

CareerBuilder analyzed employment trends to predict labor market growth between now and 2023. Their analysis suggests that the United States will add roughly 8.3 million jobs in the next five years, with the majority of jobs emerging in the low-wage (5.69% growth) and high-wage (5.71% growth) categories. But middle-wage jobs will only see 3.83% growth, creating a hollowing effect in the labor market, the report predicts.

Here are the fastest-growing jobs in each wage category, according to the report:

High-wage jobs

1. Registered nurses
2. Application software developers
3. Postsecondary instructors
4. Accountants and auditors
5. Market researchers and marketing specialists
6. Computer support
7. Plumbers and pipefitters

Middle-wage jobs

1. Customer service representatives
2. Medical assistants
3. Construction laborers
4. Maintenance and repair workers
5. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
6. Delivery-service drivers
7. Billing clerks

Low-wage jobs

1. Home health aides
2. Restaurant wait staff
3. Retail salespersons
4. Restaurant cooks
5. Nursing assistants
6. Security guards
7. Receptionists

CareerBuilder analysts warn that while these jobs will see tremendous growth in the next five years, that growth might not last. For example, delivery-service drivers will see 48,837 jobs gained over the next five years. But the rise of drones and self-driving cars could soon render those jobs obsolete. Similarly, accounting, which will see 86,079 jobs gained over the next five years, could fall victim to automation.

"Technology innovation is moving at an unprecedented rate and is rapidly redefining the occupations and skills required in the job market," says Irina Novoselsky, CEO of CareerBuilder. "Workers across all job levels will need to continually pursue opportunities to upskill in order to maneuver around accelerated shifts in labor demand" (CareerBuilder press release, 10/5).

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