If you like the idea of getting into a truly growing field, but would rather do something a little more (ahem) down to earth, then perhaps web development (we recommend Drupal!) is the way to go. The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) recently released a short video showcasing the occupations projected to be the fastest growing for the next 10 years, and web developer is near the top of the list.
The USDOL is forecasting that the number of web developer positions will grow 26.6% (over 39,000 jobs) between 2014 and 2024. They put web developer positions in the "some post-secondary education required" category, alongside occupations like wind turbine service technicians, commercial divers, and occupational therapy assistants.
Unlike some of the other jobs on the USDOL's list, web developers earn pretty decent wages – an average of $63,490. Compare that with personal care aides, an occupation expected to grow by 450,000 new positions that pay an average of $20,440 (the federal poverty level for a 3-person household is $20,090).
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