These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In New Jersey In 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Fastest Growing Jobs, Rankings - 8 months ago
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Fastest Growing Jobs In New Jersey

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New Jersey is, and has been since its founding, a state in change. We’re growing, we’re progressing, we’re constantly on the move, it seems, financially, industrially, technologically, and of course, in the work force.

Some jobs that were popular fifty or sixty years ago are unheard of these days. Jobs that will be popular in fifty or sixty years — we may not even be able to guess.

But today, what we can guess are which jobs are going to be the most beneficial in one year, or even a few. Because we’ve crunched the data, and we’ve come up with a list of the fastest growing jobs in New Jersey.

Here are the top 10 fastest growing jobs in New Jersey, and below, we’ll show you the top 100:

  1. Home Health Aid
  2. Operations Analyst
  3. Physical Therapist Assistant
  4. Physical Therapy Aide
  5. Physical Therapist
  6. Nurse Practitioner
  7. Physician Assistant
  8. Occupational Therapist
  9. Optometrist
  10. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that home health aideses and operations research analystss would be so in demand?

Not only does this mean we’re progressing in some important areas, but it also means you might just be able to snag yourself a more secure job.

We’ll get to the details of said jobs in a moment. First, here’s how we came up with this list.

How we determined the fastest growing jobs in New Jersey in 2017

Every couple of years each state’s Department of Labor works in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile projections for job growth by occupation. The government last completed this research in 2014 with projections going out until 2024.

Because this is America and the government never makes it easy, we had to gather the data from all the states individually to develop a master database.

We then identified the occupations in New Jersey that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant. This left us with data for 353 occupations in New Jersey.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 353.

At the end of the day, the data showed that home health aideses will be the fastest growing job in New Jersey.

Why the fastest growing jobs in New Jersey matter

Sure, it’s certainly interesting to see what sort of trends jobs will take over the next decade, because jobs are a great way to see what direction New Jersey is heading.

But aside from being merely ‘interesting,’ it’s also good to note which jobs will be more secure, and more readily available now and in the coming years. If you’re looking for something that will last–take a look at this list.

From home health aideses to operations research analystss, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And now, here’s a look at the 100 fastest growing jobs in the Garden State for 2017.

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Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In New Jersey

Rank Job Title Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Home Health Aid 145.0% $23,230 51,000
2 Operations Analyst 136.3% $95,200 2,930
3 Physical Therapist Assistant 135.9% $64,230 1,740
4 Physical Therapy Aide 131.2% $27,540 4,880
5 Physical Therapist 129.4% $96,890 9,760
6 Nurse Practitioner 128.2% $115,230 4,230
7 Physician Assistant 126.1% $110,950 2,320
8 Occupational Therapist 122.9% $91,660 4,620
9 Optometrist 122.2% $111,860 1,210
10 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 122.2% $73,850 2,480
11 X-Ray Technician 121.8% $51,040 3,570
12 Massage Therapist 121.8% $46,580 8,710
13 Cardiovascular Technician 121.7% $73,870 1,120
14 Optician 121.7% $53,770 1,740
15 Phlebotomist 120.7% $37,430 5,890
16 Miner 120.6% $63,250 2,280
17 Web Developer 120.3% $73,610 3,440
18 Personal Care Assistant 120.2% $28,670 12,140
19 Emergency Medical Technician 119.5% $37,460 9,560
20 Cook 118.9% $31,410 8,120
21 Security Technician 118.8% $50,200 3,040
22 Electrician 118.5% $71,310 16,120
23 Food Runner 118.1% $24,010 14,000
24 Software Developer 117.9% $101,450 44,880
25 Health Claims Examiner 117.8% $89,630 2,580
26 Roofer 117.5% $59,260 2,680
27 Mental Health Counselor 117.5% $53,410 5,710
28 Hvac Technician 117.5% $58,420 12,720
29 Medical Assistant 117.4% $35,250 18,510
30 Substance Abuse Counselor 117.2% $53,490 3,810
31 Marketing Internship 117.1% $76,400 17,710
32 Business Analyst 117.0% $102,310 18,170
33 Cement Mason 116.9% $57,890 2,490
34 Ride Operator 116.7% $21,210 9,290
35 Industrial Mechanic 116.7% $56,450 7,700
36 Fitness Trainer 116.6% $52,920 16,070
37 Crew Member 116.3% $21,990 67,860
38 Assistant Manager 115.5% $41,770 23,870
39 Veterinary Technician 115.3% $36,540 3,170
40 Medical Laboratory Technician 115.3% $50,780 3,250
41 Certified Nursing Assistant 115.2% $28,980 62,840
42 Computer Programmer 115.1% $85,100 19,860
43 Cargo Agent 114.9% $44,560 2,470
44 Bartender 114.9% $28,710 18,450
45 Mental Health Worker 114.7% $71,600 2,730
46 Licensed Practical Nurse 114.6% $53,740 18,510
47 Plumber 114.6% $69,360 10,620
48 Environmental Engineer 114.3% $94,150 2,080
49 Speech-Language Pathology Internship 114.1% $84,890 6,210
50 Mechanic 114.1% $54,500 8,150
51 Dock Loader 114.1% $54,520 1,540
52 Material Handler 113.7% $28,980 95,350
53 Medical Director 113.7% $119,410 11,380
54 Instructor 113.5% $58,020 16,630
55 Surgical Technician 113.5% $50,000 2,530
56 Executive Chef 113.4% $61,970 4,490
57 Actuarial Internship 113.3% $114,290 1,360
58 Registered Nurse 113.2% $80,580 92,130
59 Helper 113.2% $31,220 1,200
60 Dietitian 113.1% $66,540 2,510
61 Recreation Leader 112.8% $27,900 15,070
62 Medical Technologist 112.8% $69,160 5,470
63 Plastic Technician 112.7% $46,240 1,240
64 Computer Technician 112.7% $59,150 16,390
65 Helper/driver 112.6% $53,310 1,880
66 Clinical Psychology Internship 112.4% $94,650 6,250
67 Animal Care Technician 112.3% $25,700 6,470
68 Medical Receptionist 112.3% $41,180 15,660
69 Food Preparer 112.2% $22,900 31,170
70 Baker 112.1% $29,390 5,570
71 Community Health Representative 112.0% $45,850 1,120
72 Forklift Operator 112.0% $35,430 17,680
73 Education Director 111.9% $64,610 2,260
74 Billing Specialist 111.8% $41,510 23,170
75 Scientist 111.6% $117,930 4,130
76 Delivery Driver 111.6% $37,100 30,280
77 Shampoo Assistant 111.6% $21,090 3,760
78 Nail Technician 111.6% $26,320 10,700
79 Driver 111.6% $32,490 9,360
80 Receptionist 111.6% $31,440 58,100
81 Dental Assistant 111.5% $41,460 10,430
82 Hair Stylist 111.5% $23,430 1,450
83 Program Manager 111.5% $86,100 4,940
84 Barista 111.5% $20,460 25,340
85 Stylist 111.4% $36,960 29,460
86 Dental Hygienist 111.4% $84,180 7,340
87 Volunteer 111.2% $36,960 22,250
88 Tile Installer 111.2% $54,770 1,690
89 Drywall Sander 111.1% $60,200 1,100
90 Respiratory Therapist 111.1% $71,940 3,700
91 Sterile Processing Technician 111.0% $37,550 2,320
92 Meeting Planner 110.9% $61,830 2,640
93 Accountant 110.9% $88,940 43,980
94 Management Consultant 110.8% $98,630 19,130
95 Travel Agent 110.6% $43,500 3,020
96 Painter 110.6% $45,540 8,260
97 Carpenter 110.6% $60,380 25,630
98 Software Engineer 110.5% $115,650 10,860
99 Packer 110.3% $23,200 33,280
100 Detailer 110.3% $24,480 9,220

If you’re interested, you can read more about the New Jersey job scene here:

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