The problem with lists about the fastest-growing professions is that sometimes—okay, often--they’re just not very practical. Everyone knows that healthcare is a hot field, for example. But we’re guessing that while the $500,000 the average orthopedic surgeon earns probably sounds sweet to you, going back to school for 13 years doesn’t. On the other extreme, says Laurence Shatkin, PhD and author of The Sequel: How To Change Your Career Without Starting Over, “the fastest-growing job of all, personal care aid, pays so little that many people aren’t able to live on it.”
So AARP came up with a list of 6 hot jobs for midlife career changers. They’re in fields that are fast-growing, offer plenty of job satisfaction, and require (relatively) little schooling. And while they don’t pay a surgeon’s salary, they do offer plenty of growth potential, and a living wage.
Market Researchers The cry for people who understand why consumers buy what they do is growing all the time, and the BLS forecasts a 41.2 percent jump in the need for marketing research analysts and marketing specialists over the next seven years. It requires a bachelor’s degree. The median salary is $60,570.
Sonography Specialists Those who wield that sonography wand well have their pick of jobs these days, as medical diagnostics become more sophisticated. The number of jobs for sonographers is expected to climb 44 percent by 2020. You’ll need an associate’s degree. Median salary is $64,380.