Nov 25

America and the UK’s fastest-growing jobs

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It’s no secret the job market is in a rough patch right now. As a soon-to-be college graduate, I’m becoming especially aware of it. CNNMoney and PayScale posted a fantastic slideshow of career fields on the rise, and I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast how we shape up against our friends across the pond. So if you’re looking for a career change, this list is probably a great place to start!

That being said, there’s still a lot to consider when switching up your career. The Guardian actually has an entire page dedicated to helping their readers through a career change. I would also recommend one of my favorite blogs right now,, for job-hunting and interview advice.

Here are the 10 fastest-growing jobs in the States, according to CNNMoney:


Biomedical Engineering

1. Biomedical Engineer

  • Median pay: $87,000

2. Event Coordinator

  • Median pay: $42,000

3. Marketing Consultant

  • Median pay: $86,600

4. Hand Therapist

  • Median pay: $83,700

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    Hand Therapist

5. Community Health Specialist

  • Median pay: $50,200

6. Clinical Research Associate

  • Median pay: $95,100

7. Construction Estimator

  • Median pay: $65,700

8. Occupational Therapist

  • Median pay: $78,100
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9. Optometrist

  • Median pay: $108,000

10. Portfolio Manager

  • Median pay: $121,000 presents a very different list for the United Kingdom:

1. Human Resources Manager

  • Median pay: £30,000

2. Construction Worker

  • Median pay: £24,662

3. Public Relations Professional

  • Median pay: £25,000


4. Teacher

  • Median pay: £25,000

5. Midwife

  • Median pay: £25, 586

6. IT Consultant

  • Median pay: £40,000

7. Nurse

  • Median pay: £23,044

8. Accountant

  • Median pay: £37,320

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    Oil Worker

9. Oil Worker

  • Median pay: £600–700/day

10. Market Researcher

  • Median pay: £25,000
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