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Below is a list of the top 25 careers projected for the next 8 years.

Top 25 occupations

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Listed below are the 25 occupations projected to grow the fastest during the 2000-2010 time period. Click on an occupation to learn more about it, including state data.

# Occupation Employment Percent change * Earnings Quartile Most significant source of education or training
2000 2010
1 Computer software engineers, applications 380,000  760,100  100%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's degree 
2 Computer support specialists 505,600  995,900  97%  Earnings Quartile 2  Associate degree 
3 Computer software engineers, systems software 316,900  601,200  90%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's degree 
4 Network and computer systems administrators 228,500  415,700  82%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's degree 
5 Network systems and data communications analysts 118,700  210,600  77%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's degree 
6 Desktop publishers 38,000  63,300  67%  Earnings Quartile 2  Postsecondary vocational award 
7 Database administrators 106,000  175,900  66%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's degree 
8 Personal and home care aides 413,600  672,100  62%  Earnings Quartile 4  Short-term on-the-job training 
9 Computer systems analysts 431,400  689,200  60%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's degree 
10 Medical assistants 328,600  515,800  57%  Earnings Quartile 3  Moderate-term on-the-job training 
11 Social and human service assistants 270,800  417,700  54%  Earnings Quartile 3  Moderate-term on-the-job training 
12 Physician assistants 57,800  88,700  53%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's degree 
13 Medical records and health information technicians 135,700  202,200  49%  Earnings Quartile 3  Associate degree 
14 Computer and information systems managers 313,000  462,900  48%  Earnings Quartile 1  Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience 
15 Home health aides 615,400  906,600  47%  Earnings Quartile 4  Short-term on-the-job training 
16 Physical therapist aides 35,900  52,500  46%  Earnings Quartile 3  Short-term on-the-job training 
17 Occupational therapist aides 8,500  12,400  45%  Earnings Quartile 3  Short-term on-the-job training 
18 Physical therapist assistants 43,900  63,600  45%  Earnings Quartile 2  Associate degree 
19 Audiologists 12,800  18,500  45%  Earnings Quartile 1  Master's degree 
20 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 158,300  222,200  40%  Earnings Quartile 3  Postsecondary vocational award 
21 Computer and information scientists, research 28,000  39,400  40%  Earnings Quartile 1  Doctoral degree 
22 Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 55,200  77,200  40%  Earnings Quartile 4  Short-term on-the-job training 
23 Occupational therapist assistants 16,500  23,100  40%  Earnings Quartile 2  Associate degree 
24 Veterinary technologists and technicians 49,400  68,800  39%  Earnings Quartile 3  Associate degree 
25 Speech-language pathologists 87,900  122,400  39%  Earnings Quartile 1  Master's degree 
* Note: The national average percent change is 15.2% for the 2000-2010 employment

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