8. Graphic designer
- Planned annual job openings: 23,900
- Average hourly wage: $ 24.33
Whether it’s for websites, advertising, newspapers, or brochures, graphic designers use their creative skills to help people better understand products or ideas. Much of the work can be done remotely, with team members providing feedback on a designer’s project via video conference or email. While employers often prefer applicants with an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in design, experience and a “strong work portfolio” may be enough to land the job.
9. Web Developer
- Planned annual job openings: 17,900
- Average hourly wage: $ 32.98
Every website we rely on to stay informed, connected with our communities, and met our basic needs is designed and maintained by a team of web developers. The job is unique because it requires workers to be thorough enough to make the most of the available computer software, but also creative enough to visualize new ways to keep visitors engaged.
10. Information security analyst
- Planned annual job openings: 16,300
- Average hourly wage: $ 39.50
Preventing hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities in an organization’s computer networks is hard work – and one for which the demand is growing rapidly. According to the BLS, the total number of information security analyst jobs is expected to increase by 33% over the next decade.
1 1. Speech Therapist
- Planned annual job openings: 15,200
- Average hourly wage: $ 44.26
When children (or adults) have communication difficulties that prevent them from saying words or speaking clearly, speech-language pathologists help them understand the source of the problem and correct it. Just as many medical jobs shifted to telehealth treatments during the pandemic, speech therapy has also added teletherapy opportunities. But remember, even if you are working remotely, you must have the appropriate licenses for the states where you and your clients live.
1 2. Translator
- Planned annual job openings: 10,400
- Average hourly wage: $ 21.85
This job is a way to put your fluency in a language in addition to English at work. Spanish translators are the most in demand, but there is also a need for those who are fluent in Japanese, German, Chinese and other languages. Your typing and editing skills will also need to be strong.
13. Operations research analyst
- Planned annual job openings: 10,200
- Average hourly wage: $ 40.77
If you have the knack for making things happen, this role is for you. Workers in these positions examine the practices of companies and employees to find ways to help them achieve their goals more effectively. Job opportunities range from helping health insurers reduce the paperwork that patients and employees have to fill out to assisting public transportation systems to run their call centers.
14. Occupational therapist
- Planned annual job openings: 10,100
- Average hourly wage: $ 39.50
Occupational therapists help people with injuries, illnesses or disabilities regain their ability to perform daily physical activities, such as dressing, eating, and performing tasks. Although this position has traditionally involved face-to-face interactions with patients, there are now many telehealth opportunities available. In addition to the appropriate state licenses, most occupational therapists also have a master’s degree in this area.
15. Medical writer
- Planned annual job openings: 5,500
- Average hourly wage: $ 34.47
There are basically two types of jobs in this field. Scientific medical writers produce reports on drug trials, medical studies, and other clinical data which are then read by healthcare professionals and regulatory bodies. Medical marketing writers focus more on everyday consumers, typically writing advertisements, brochures, and other educational materials. For both of these jobs, being able to explain things clearly and precisely is more important than being able to produce a colorful turn of phrase.
Kenneth Terrell covers employment, age discrimination, work and occupations, careers and the federal government for the AARP. He previously worked for the Education Writers Association and US News & World Report, where he reported on government and politics, business, education, science and technology, and lifestyle news.