Career Options

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

What do you want to be when you grow up? The answer may well depend upon the options available to you. For example, at the turn of the last century delivering ice to homes was a popular job because people used ice boxes to keep food cold. Today, refrigerators have largely replaced the need for ice boxes and for ice deliveries to homes.

What jobs are going to be popular when you grow up? As you can see, experts predict that the computer and health-care industries will provide lots of job opportunities.

Occupation By Percent Growth Percent Change Between 2002 and 2012
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 45.6
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 45.3
Medical Assistants 44.4
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 40.6
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 38.3
Computer Software Engineers, Applications 36.5
Physician Assistants 36.4
Social and Human Service Assistants 35.7
Database Administrators 35.3
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 34.8

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