Hot jobs for 2013 to 2020
Unemployment figures in the U.S. continue to dip. As of February, 7.7 percent, or 12 million people, were out of work. Those are still a lot of slots to fill.
And while work is still hard to come by, some jobs are easier to land than others -- that is, if you have the right skill set and education.
Many of the fast-growing careers are in the health care field, says Laurence Shatkin, co-author of "Best Jobs for the 21st Century."
"The major trends are the aging of the population and improved technology that have created remedies for various medical conditions," Shatkin says. Add to these trends the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, where more people have access to health care, and you have an expanding market for health care workers.
Jobs in the business sector are also on the upswing as the economy slowly recovers, says Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA Career Center at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston. Sarikas warns that hiring managers are still skittish: "Hiring will be deliberate and cautious."
Here are the eight of the fastest-growing careers for 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. These jobs are expected to continue their upward trajectory into 2020. Average salaries, expected growth and minimum education requirements are from the BLS.