The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs for Young Professionals in America


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    For young professionals looking to boost their careers, the current labor market offers many jobs, with companies taking steps to attract new workers.

    With this in mind, SmartAsset has wanted to take a look over the past few years at what types of jobs are seeing big increases among young professionals between the ages of 25 and 34.

    To this end, we compared the number of young people in different professions in 2016 and 2020. You can read how we found and analyzed our data in the data and methodology section at the end.

    Below are the fastest growing jobs for young professionals.

    1. Information security analysts

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    The job that has grown the most among young workers over the past four years is information security analyst, who is committed to protecting business information systems.

    Since 2016, this job for young workers has increased by 153% from 15,000 to 38,000. The job increase has generally been less, with total employment increasing by only 54% over that period.

    2. Medical assistants

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    Medical assistants work with doctors and other healthcare professionals to develop treatment plans for patients. It’s one of two jobs in the top 10 on this list that require a Masters degree.

    In the young professions, the number of jobs rose by 71% from 35,000 to 60,000. In addition, it is the profession in the top 10 where young workers make up the largest share of the workforce at 43%.

    3. Computer hardware engineers

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    In 2016, 17,000 young professionals were employed as computer hardware engineers. By 2020 this had risen by 59% to 89,000.

    Overall, employment only grew by 29%, so it is clear that young workers are a big part of it.

    4. Speech pathologists

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    This profession recorded a 47% increase in the number of young people in its ranks between 2016 and 2020, which corresponds to a jump from 45,000 to 66,000 employees.

    The share of young people in the overall occupation also rose from 28% to 34%.

    5. Market research analysts and marketers

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    In 2016, 112,000 young people worked in market research. By 2020 that number had increased 44% to 161,000. This goes hand in hand with the overall growth in the number of field workers, which is up 45%.

    6. Probation officers and prison specialists

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    Between 2016 and 2020, the number of young people working in the correction industry increased by 42%, from 19,000 to 27,000.

    However, young workers still make up a relatively small percentage of total employment in the job (only 26%) – but that could soon change as the overall growth of the role was only 3%.

    7. PR specialists

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    The number of young people involved in public relations increased from 32,000 in 2016 to 45,000 in 2020, an increase of 41%. Overall, the industry grew by 20%.

    8. Human resource manager

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    HR professionals are responsible for employee relations in companies and it is the only job in the top 10 of this study where overall employment has not grown positively (persisted between 2016 and 2020).

    The number of young people working in these roles rose 39% from 44,000 to 61,000.

    9. Computer and information systems manager

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    This job has grown by 35% among young professionals since 2016 and rose from 95,000 to 128,000 employees.

    However, only 17% of workers in this occupation are between 25 and 34 years old, the lowest percentage in the top 10 of this study.

    10. Purchasing manager

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    Purchasing managers round off our top 10, with a growth of 34% (jump from 29,000 to 39,000 employees) among young professionals between 2016 and 2020.

    That is a significantly faster rate of growth than the job as a whole, which only saw jobs grow by 4%.

    Data and methodology

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    To find the fastest growing jobs for young professionals, SmartAsset examined employment data from 2016 and compared it to 2020.

    We only considered jobs that require a bachelor’s degree or higher, and filtered out all jobs that employed fewer than 15,000 people between the ages of 25 and 34 in 2016.

    We have also filtered out all occupations with “other” and “other” in the title due to lack of specificity. In order to organize the professions, we looked at the percentage change in the young people employed in each profession from 2016 to 2020.

    All data, including earnings data, are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment data is reported by the thousands and growth is estimated based on this reporting.

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