16 careers that will survive the recession

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16 careers that will survive the recession

Everyone wants job stability. Though the U.S. economy has been growing steadily since the Great Recession, another downturn could be on the horizon. No job is completely protected from the next downturn, but certain fields are safer from cuts. We looked into data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find out which ones will grow the most through the next recession and beyond.

If you are looking for a change in career or are just starting out in the working world, check out these growing career paths, ranked by projected growth through 2026.

1. Solar photovoltaic installers

Growth rate: 105%
Median pay in 2017: $39,490
Education level: High school diploma or equivalent
Number of jobs in 2016: 11,300
Projected job growth through 2026: 11,800

2. Wind turbine service technicians

Growth rate: 96%
Median pay in 2017: $53,880
Education level: Certificate
Number of jobs in 2016: 5,800
Projected job growth through 2026: 5,600

3. Home health & personal care aides

Growth rate: 41%
Median pay in 2017: $23,130
Education level: High school diploma or equivalent
Number of jobs in 2016: 2.9 million
Projected job growth through 2026: 1.2 million

4. Physician assistants

Growth rate: 37%
Median pay in 2017: $104,860
Education level: Master’s degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 106,200
Projected job growth through 2026: 39,600

5. Statisticians & mathematicians

Growth rate: 33%
Median pay in 2017: $84,760
Education level: Master’s degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 40,300
Projected job growth through 2026: 13,500

6. Nurse practitioners, anesthetists & midwives

Growth rate: 31%
Median pay in 2017: $110,930
Education level: Master’s degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 203,800
Projected job growth through 2026: 64,200

7. Physical therapist assistants & aides

Growth rate: 30%
Median pay in 2017: $46,920
Education level: Associate degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 140,300
Projected job growth through 2026: 42,700

8. Medical assistants

Growth rate: 29%
Median pay in 2017: $32,480
Education level: Certificate
Number of jobs in 2016: 634,400
Projected job growth through 2026: 183,900

9. Genetic counselors

Growth rate: 29%
Median pay: $77,480
Education level: Master’s degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 3,100
Projected job growth through 2026: 900

10. Occupational therapy assistants & aides

Growth rate: 28%
Median pay in 2017: $56,690
Education level: Associate degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 46,800
Projected job growth through 2026: 13,200

11. Information security analyst

Growth rate: 28%
Median pay in 2017: $95,510
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 100,000
Projected job growth through 2026: 28,500

12. Physical therapists

Growth rate: 28%
Median pay in 2017: $86,850
Education level: Doctoral or professional degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 239,800
Projected job growth through 2026: 67,100

13. Operations research analysts

Growth rate: 27%
Median pay in 2017: $81,390
Education level: Bachelor’s degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 114,000
Projected job growth through 2026: 31,300

14. Massage therapists

Growth rate: 26%
Median pay in 2017: $39,990
Education level: Certificate
Number of jobs in 2016: 160,300
Projected job growth through 2026: 42,100

15. Software developers

Growth rate: 24%
Median pay in 2017: $103,560
Education Level: Bachelor’s degree
Number of jobs in 2016: 1.3 million
Projected job growth through 2026: 302,500

16. Fire inspectors

Growth rate: 10%
Median pay in 2017: $56,670
Education level: High school diploma
Number of jobs in 2016: 14,100
Projected job growth through 2026: 1,400

Interested in wage growth by state? Check out the five states where pay has gone up the most since the Recession.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook.