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Job creation in these fields is projected to far outpace the U.S. average.

By Anne Fisher
June 7, 2016

Despite last Friday’s dismal official employment numbers, the job market may be a lot healthier than it looks. A new study from CareerBuilder and its analytics arm, EMSI, says employment in 1 out of 3 U.S. industries is about to take off.

“The growth will be broad-based, covering everything from IT services to sports instruction,” says Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder’s CEO. “It’s a good indication of stability and strength in the labor market.”

The U.S. is projected to create about 7.2 million jobs between 2016 and 2021, an increase of 4.6%. But, based on data from more than 90 national and state employment sources, EMSI found a wide variety of fields likely to add at least 15% more openings, and in a few industries more than three times that many.

 

 

The top 10 on CareerBuilder’s list, with percentage growth over the next five years:

  • Online retailing – 32%
  • Translation services – 28%
  • Physical/occupational/speech therapy – 25%
  • Home health care – 24%
  • Retirement centers – 24%
  • Telemarketing bureaus, other customer contact centers – 20%
  • Marketing consulting – 20%
  • Environmental/conservation organizations – 19%
  • Computer system design – 19%
  • Portfolio management – 18%

 

Three of the top 10 reflect the aging of the American population, while the steady march of U.S.-based companies into overseas markets will boost demand for translators. The projected jump of almost one third in the e-commerce workforce between now and 2021, in the No. 1 spot, looks like yet more bad news for brick and mortar retailers. But warehouse shopping clubs and supercenters will probably keep thriving, says CareerBuilder’s study, adding 17% more jobs over the next five years.

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