40 of the fastest growing jobs in oil and gas, health care and IT

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40 of the fastest growing careers in oil and gas, health care and ITImagine life without technology, energy resources or health care. Pretty scary, right? Happily, these industries are a safe and secure part of the immediate future, and are also creating a large amount of new jobs. A new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International, America’s Job Outlook: Occupational Projections 2013-2017, analyzed 785 occupations and has identified those that are projected to grow fastest. While the pace of overall job growth is 4.4 percent, all of the occupations included on this list are at least 8 percent projected growth — about twice the rate for all U.S. jobs.

Within these fast-growing occupations, there are a prevalent number of roles in oil and gas extraction, health care and technology. Learn more about these dominating industries, as well as the titles and characteristics of leading roles.

Oil and gas
Seven oil and gas occupations are in the top 25 projected fastest growing occupations, accounting for 41,166 new jobs through 2017. Check out oilandgasjobsearch.com for industry-specific job results and resources.

Rotary drill operator, oil and gas
New jobs: 4,925
Growth through 2017: 19 percent

Derrick operator, oil and gas
New jobs: 4,470
Growth through 2017: 19 percent

Service unit operator, oil, gas and mining
New jobs: 11,220
Growth through 2017: 18 percent

Roustabout, oil and gas               
New jobs: 10,826
Growth through 2017: 17 percent

Petroleum engineer
New jobs: 5,516
Growth through 2017: 14 percent

Geological and petroleum technician
New jobs: 2,154
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Wellhead pumper
New jobs: 2,055
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Health care
Health care industry occupations are projected to dominate the list of fastest growing occupations in the United States from 2013-2017. Of the 50 fastest growing occupations, 26 are in medical, allied health or health-related roles. For jobs in the health care industry, as well as advice and resources, check out miracleworkers.com.

Biomedical engineer
New jobs: 4,803
Growth through 2017: 23 percent

Personal care aide
New jobs: 273,898
Growth through 2017: 21 percent

Home health aide
New jobs: 200,067
Growth through 2017: 21 percent

Physical therapist assistant
New jobs: 11,320
Growth through 2017: 16 percent

Occupational therapy assistant
New jobs: 4,693
Growth through 2017: 15 percent

Diagnostic medical sonographer
New jobs: 9,271
Growth through 2017: 15 percent

Medical scientist, except epidemiologist
New jobs: 15,194
Growth through 2017: 15 percent

Physical therapist aide
New jobs: 7,615
Growth through 2017: 15 percent

Medical secretary
New jobs: 76,386
Growth through 2017: 14 percent

Nurse midwife
New jobs: 766
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Nurse anesthetist
New jobs: 4,613
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Audiologist
New jobs: 1,672
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Physical therapist
New jobs: 27,706
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Marriage and family therapist
New jobs: 5,505
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Emergency medical technicians and paramedic               
New jobs: 30,234
Growth through 2017: 13 percent

Dental hygienist
New jobs: 22,576
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Nurse practitioner
New jobs: 13,765
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Health educator
New jobs: 7,050
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Mental health counselor
New jobs: 15,786
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Health care social worker
New jobs: 17,721
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Occupational therapist
New jobs: 13,323
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Ambulance driver and attendant, except emergency medical technician
New jobs: 2,397
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Occupational therapy aide
New jobs: 1,030
Growth through 2017: 12 percent

Medical equipment repairer
New jobs: 4,237
Growth through 2017: 11 percent

Cardiovascular technologist and technician
New jobs: 5,626
Growth through 2017: 11 percent

Magnetic resonance imaging technologist
New jobs: 3,442
Growth through 2017: 11 percent

Computer and information technology
Several computer and IT roles are among the projected fastest growing occupations over the next five years, driven by high demand for software developers. Search IT jobs, as well as recommendations and resources, at sologig.com.

Database administrator
New jobs: 13,256
Growth through 2017: 11 percent

Software developer, systems software
New jobs: 48,291
Growth through 2017: 11 percent

Software developer, applications
New jobs: 61,758
Growth through 2017: 10 percent

Web developer
New jobs: 11,663
Growth through 2017: 9 percent

Network and computer systems administrator
New jobs: 34,825
Growth through 2017: 9 percent

Computer systems analyst
New jobs: 40,462
Growth through 2017: 8 percent

Computer and information research scientist
New jobs: 2,055
Growth through 2017: 8 percent

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