Given the current condition of the job market, finding a flexible job with long-term growth prospects has never been more important. To help job seekers identify jobs that are not only in a fast-growing field but also flexible, we’ve compared the most recent data on the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the jobs in our database.
We’ve determined which fast-growing occupations also come with flexible work options, such as remote work arrangements, a flexible or part-time schedule, or freelance work, to name a few.
Ordered from highest growth to lowest, occupations with the highest predicted employment growth rate between 2019-2029 that also offer flexible work options are listed below. Each occupation is projected to grow by at least 21%.
We’re also including the 2019 median salary information, and each job title links to active job listings that job seekers can apply for now. If you’re a member, log in and you’ll be able to see full job postings.
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12 Fastest-Growing Flexible Jobs to Watch for in 2021
The BLS groups nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners into the same category, called Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). They coordinate patient care in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, private practices, and clinics. Some nurses may provide primary and specialty healthcare.
- Projected growth: 52.4%
- Median Salary: $109,820
Mathematicians and statisticians are also grouped together by the BLS. These professionals analyze data and use mathematical and statistical techniques to solve problems. Statisticians work for the federal government, in private science, and for engineering research companies.
- Projected growth: 34.6%
- Median salary: $91,160
Home health aides care for those with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairments. Working in various settings, including a patient’s home, group homes, and day programs, home health aides assist people with their daily activities.
- Projected growth: 33.7%
- Median salary: $25,280
Most information security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms, and other financial companies helping businesses plan and carry out security protocols to protect their computer networks, systems, and digital information.
- Projected growth: 31.2%
- Median salary: $99,730
Data scientists combine computer science, statistics, analytics, and math to help businesses make objective decisions. Through gathering and analyzing data, they help organizations understand their goals and use the data to determine the best path to achieve those goals.
- Projected growth: 30.9%
- Median salary: $94,280
Working with both adults and children, speech-language pathologists diagnose, treat, and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders in their clients. While some speech-language pathologists work in schools, most work in healthcare facilities.
- Projected growth: 24.9%
- Median salary: $79,120
Operations research analysts use quantitative reasoning and critical analysis skills to solve business problems. Many individuals have a degree in business, engineering, computer science, or another technical or quantitative field.
- Projected growth: 24.8%
- Median salary: $84,810
These professionals provide treatment services and other counseling to people suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other mental or behavioral problems. They work in a myriad of settings, including community health centers, prisons, and private practice.
- Projected growth: 24.7%
- Median salary: $46,240
Marriage and family therapists work in both mental health centers and private practices. They help people manage and overcome problems with their family and in other relationships.
- Projected growth: 22.3%
- Median salary: $49,610
Film and video editors select and edit together video footage of subjects (like actors or interviewees) and settings into a clear and coherent visual story.
- Projected growth: 21.6%
- Median salary: $63,780
While software developers and quality assurance analysts work separately, their roles rely on each other for success. Software developers create the applications and software that run on a computer or other devices, and quality assurance analysts ensure the applications and software run smoothly.
- Projected growth: 21.5%
- Median salary: $107,510
Genetic counselors help individuals or families assess their risk for inherited conditions. They work in medical centers, hospitals, private practices, or diagnostic laboratories.
- Projected growth: 21.5%
- Median salary: $81,880
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