The US economy is still grappling with labor shortages and record-high inflation rates on the heels of a global pandemic – but not all hope is lost. Many industries may make an impressive recovery.
LendingTree, an online lending marketplace, analyzed the US Bureau of Labor Statistics data on nearly 760 jobs, scoring occupations out of 100 based on which are likely to have the best outlook by 2030. By examining the projected percentage of employees in each occupation by 2030. , how many workers will be added in the next decade, the annual number of job openings and median annual wages, LendingTree found that most industries will likely grow in the coming years. But some jobs will outpace others.
“The rankings show that, if nothing else, the economy isn’t expected to completely tank anytime in the near future,” says Jacob Channel, a senior economist at LendingTree. “The healthcare support industry is expected to grow by 23.1% by 2030 – the most out of any industry.”
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With the exception of office and administrative support, sales and production jobs (like butchers and machinists), every other industry LendingTree examined is expected to grow. Channel notes that while technology and automation may stunt some industries, healthcare workers will only become more needed as baby boomers continue to age.
Unsurprisingly, jobs such as medical and health services managers, nurse practitioners and health specialties teachers all ranked in the top 10 in terms of projected growth, with medical and health services managers predicted to grow by over 30% in the next seven years. This may mean that professionals within these spaces will have the power to negotiate higher wages in the next decade, explains Channel.
Here are the 10 jobs with the best pandemic recovery outlook, according to LendingTree.