Exciting Jobs in the Fastest-Growing Industries

Find a decent job in one of the decade’s most prosperous industries.


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6. 3D Printer Manufacturing

3D printing is the vanguard process of converting a digital file into a three-dimensional object, and it introduces the possibility for streamlining the manufacturing for many products across industries. For example, 3D printers could be used to generate models from blueprints for architects, or jewelry for fashion designers. In the last 10 years, this industry experienced an average 8.8 percent revenue growth each year, and its average annual revenue is expected to grow by 14 percent for the next five years.

Related Jobs: Healthcare is another sector that could be revolutionized by the use of 3D printing. For example, occupational therapists can now use the technology to design prosthetic parts for their patients. Sound interesting? Keep in mind this is a profession that should grow 33.5 percent this decade.

5. Self-Tanning Product Manufacturing

Will our grandchildren smirk at our tanning practices, just like we gape at the incessant smoking on Mad Men? Study after scary study released by the National Cancer Institute cry of the health risks involved in using lamps and beds to attain that perfect summertime complexion, and our spending practices show that we're finally getting the picture. Self-tanning lotions and gels have had a good 10 years, with annual revenue growth for the manufacturing of these products reported at 22.7 percent. For the next five years, revenue growth for manufacturing self-tanning products should be 10.7 percent, on average.

Related Jobs: Increased production of these beauty products will also require more sales representatives to promote them. According to the BLS, there should be 223,400 new sales rep jobs this decade.

4. Pilates & Yoga Studios

Yoga and Pilates studios didn't fare poorly in the recession. These days, many offices offer incentives for their employees to join health clubs. And the trend for taking these classes has also blossomed among baby boomers seeking a low-impact exercise regimen. Revenue in this industry grew at an average rate of 12.1 percent over the last 10 years. Up to 2017, industry revenue is poised to grow at an average annual rate of 4.8 percent.

Related Jobs: There's good news for you if you'd consider working as a Pilates or yoga instructor. These types of professions receive some of the highest marks for job satisfaction of any of our Best Jobs of 2012. And the BLS forecasts 60,400 new openings for instructors up to the year 2020.

3. For-Profit Universities

For-profit universities are somewhat controversial. Critics say graduates tend to make lower salaries than their counterparts who graduated from nonprofit institutions, and that they're also more likely to default on their loans. Those who support these educational programs say they run more efficiently than nonprofit universities, and that they're accessibility increases the number of workers and high school students who may receive a higher education. Taking classes with a for-profit university became a popular alternative for those who were less-than-eager to join a stymied job market during the recession. For-profit universities have experienced average revenue growth of 13.6 percent from 2002 to 2012, and they should see 5 percent revenue growth annually in the coming years, according to IBISWorld.

Related Jobs: Counselors are needed at all types of schools, including those that run for profit. In addition to earning comfortable salaries, school counselors also have high job satisfaction. Employment growth in this position is expected to jump 19 percent by 2020, the BLS reports.

2. Solar Panel Manufacturing

Our most dominant energy sources come from non-renewables like coal and petroleum, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to power equipment with regenerative sources. Case in point: Revenue for solar panel manufacturing has grown at an annual rate of 32.3 percent for the last 10 years, and it's expected to continue growing by about 8.2 percent each year until 2017.