Fasting Growing Jobs and In-Demand Professions
Do you think all the fastest growing jobs require a college degree? Think again.
You can obtain some of the most in-demand jobs in the U.S. without a college degree. Best of all, many of them offer competitive salaries.
To help you build a pathway to a successful career, we’ve put together a list of seven fast-growing, in-demand jobs for you to explore.
It’s hard to imagine living in a world without electricity, right? It seems like we’re more dependent on electricity and technologically advanced devices every day. That’s why electricians will always be in high demand. Likely, that dependency will only continue to grow through the years. Through 2026, the U.S. economy is expected to add about 59,600 more electricians. Becoming an electrician is a pretty straightforward and rewarding career path too. Most electricians complete a 4 or 5-year apprenticeship that consists of approximately 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Upon completion, the median pay for electricians is around $54,110.
Do you like building with your hands? Carpenters work on many types of indoor and outdoor construction projects, from highways to kitchen cabinetry. Carpentry jobs are projected to grow due to increased levels of homebuilding and infrastructure.
You earn a wage while you learn as an apprentice carpenter, so you’re building a career, not a pile of college debt. The median pay for a professional carpenter is $45,170.
Oil and Gas Derrick Operator
Are you curious about powering your career with oil and natural gas? Derrick operators get hands-on experience extracting precious natural resources from the ground. Through 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that up to 2,800 new derrick operator jobs will be available. These jobs require a short-term period of on-the-job training before you’re working your way towards the median $46,140 salary. However, you’ll get paid to learn as a derrick operator. Even the lowest 10% of derrick operators earn $33,270—compare that to four years of college debt. Not too shabby, is it?
No matter what the economic future holds, people will always need a roof over their heads. With faster than average predicted job growth, you can expect your skills as a roofer to stay in demand. Most roofers obtain their skills and knowledge through on-the-job training and apprenticeships, without the need for a college degree. The median salary is $38,970.
Are you more of a tech geek than a trade worker? College might be on the typical career path for software developers, but many get their start with at-home or on-the-job training. Like carpentry, plumbing or masonry, coding is a skill you need to prove through your work. A solid application demo can outweigh a college education in many cases. Even better, software developer jobs are growing like crazy—the U.S. economy is expected to add about 302,500 new software developer jobs through 2026.
Working in software development, you can be part of any number of growing industries beyond just “tech.” For example, there are IT companies whose niche is the construction industry, developing a multitude of tools and apps. From accounting to bid management to project management, there is an ever-growing need for solutions that boost efficiency, productivity, and help industries run smoother.
Wind Turbine Service Technician
Each year, you hear more about the shift toward clean energy. Do you know where you see that number relayed most? In job statistics from the wind energy industry. The number of wind turbine service technician jobs is expected to almost double by 2026.
As a wind turbine service technician, you’d be responsible for maintaining and repairing the mechanical components of wind turbines. Windtechs either attend a short technical school program, receive on-the-job training or learn through an internship. The pay isn’t half bad either. The median annual wage for a windtech is $53,880 with the opportunity to make upwards of $80,000 per year.
Are you looking for a cool job? Or maybe a hot one? Puns intended. HVAC technicians work on installing, repairing and maintaining heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Like electricians, HVAC technicians get their training through a paid, on-the-job learning experience called an apprenticeship. After 3-5 years of training, HVAC technicians can start working towards the $47,080 median salary.