Health, energy among fastest-growing jobs

Source: By Brian Fung, Washington Post • Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Solar-panel installers, home health aides, statisticians and software developers are among the 15 fastest-growing occupations in the United States and reflect the needs of an aging population, a shift to clean energy and demand for science, technology and math talent.

The number of solar photovoltaic installers, who earned a median annual wage of $39,240 in 2016, is projected to more than double from 2016 to 2026, according to the Labor Department’s biennial employment projections released Tuesday.

Eight of the fastest-growing occupations are in health care, with median salaries in 2016 ranging from $21,920 for personal-care aides to $101,480 for physician assistants.

The highest paid on the list — mathematicians — earned a median $105,810 last year.