Attention, college freshmen: 7 careers likely to add the most jobs by 2019


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This fall’s freshmen, the members of the college graduating Class of 2019, must juggle the realities of a rapidly changing economy and uncertainty about opportunities down the road. It won’t be long before students focused on getting used to dorm life and a college class schedule are consumed with issues associated with career choices.

What careers hold the most promise for those who will start their professional lives 4 years from now? We checked with’s data unit, known as EMSI, which uses state employment statistics to project job growth in various occupations.

College isn’t necessarily a requirement in the fastest-growing fields, notes Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu.

“Some people will need and want a 4-year degree,” he says. “Others will want to pursue 2-year community college degrees, and others will take advantage of online training opportunities such as online coding boot camps that give people skills for good middle-class jobs.”

Starting with the field expected to see the most growth, here are the 7 careers that CareerBuilder says are due to add at least 5,000 jobs and grow at least 15% over 4 years.