In 2020, Here Are The Ten Fastest-growing Jobs For Young Professionals.

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It can be difficult to break into the workforce as a young person.For many people fresh out of college, determining which industries are likely to hire someone so young and with so little professional experience is particularly difficult.Obtaining gainful employment, on the other hand, is the first step toward accumulating savings and establishing a career.That’s why SmartAsset went out of its way to find the hottest jobs for young professionals.

To do so, we compared the total number of young professionals employed in a particular occupation in 2015 with the total number of young professionals employed in that occupation in 2021.

SmartAsset compared 2015 employment data to 2021 employment data to find the fastest-growing jobs for young professionals.Only occupations that require a bachelor’s or advanced degree were considered, and any occupation that employed fewer than 15000 people aged 25 to 34 in 2015 was excluded.Due to a lack of specificity, we also filtered out any occupations with the words “other” or “miscellaneous” in the title.We used the percentage change in young professionals employed in each occupation from 2015 to 2021 to rank the occupations.

All data, including earnings, is sourced from the United States.SStatistics from the Bureau of Labor StatisticsData on employment is reported to the thousandth of a percentile, and growth is estimated based on that reporting.

The most important findings

Young professionals are looking for jobs in science, technology, engineering, and finance.STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs account for four of the top ten jobs for young professionals.Information security analyst, physician assistant, biological scientist, chemist, and materials scientist are some of them.Three other jobs in the top ten – purchasing managers, market research analysts, and fundraisers – are in the business and financial operations category.

Young professional growth outpaces overall growth in top jobs.The four-year change in the number of young professionals joining an occupation exceeds the four-year change in total employment for 17 of the top 20 jobs in our study.Architectural and engineering managers, logisticians, and nurse practitioners are the three exceptions.

Analysts who specialize in information security

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It makes sense that there are more jobs available to deal with firewalls and other technological security measures in an age when every business takes secure computing seriously.

In 2015, there were 17000 young professionals working as information security analysts, compared to 46000 in 2021, a 171% increase.During that time, total employment in the profession has increased by 79% across all age groups.

Operators and programmers of computer control systems

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The BLS classifies computer control programmers and operators as part of the production transportation and material moving industry.Workers in this position are in charge of programming and operating machines that produce items such as car and computer parts.

The number of workers in this field aged 25 to 34 increased by 140% from 15000 in 2015 to 36000 in 2021.Over that time, the field as a whole grew by 23%, indicating that businesses are looking for young people to fill these positions.

Physician assistants are people who help doctors.

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The only job in our top ten that requires more than a bachelor’s degree is physician assistant, but that hasn’t stopped a lot of young professionals from applying.

In 2015, there were 29000 young professionals aged 25 to 34 in this position; in 2021, there were 56000, a 93% increase.Additionally, 42In 2021, 75% of all PAs were young professionals, which was higher than all other occupations in the study.

Authors and writers

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Despite what you may have heard, there are still opportunities for those who have a good sense of humour.

In 2015, 34000 young professionals worked as authors or writers.By 2021, that number had risen to 58000, a 71% increase.Over the same time period, overall employment in the profession grew by only 8%, including all ages, not just young professionals.

Biological researchers

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If you were a young professional who enjoyed dissecting frogs in freshman biology, you might want to consider pursuing a career in biology.

In 2015, 19000 young professionals aged 25 to 34 worked in this field.By 2021, the number had risen by 68% to 32000.Over this time, the field as a whole has grown by 21%.

Analysts, reporters, and correspondents for the news

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Despite its volatility, the journalism industry remains an important part of our society, and many young professionals are drawn to it.

In 2021, there were 32000 young people working in this occupation, up from 20000 in 2015.Young professionals now account for more than 34% of working news analysts, reporters, and correspondents, according to BLS data from 2021.

Managers of purchasing

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A purchasing manager is the person in charge of purchasing the goods and services that a company requires to run.

In 2015, there were 28000 young professionals working in this field, but by 2021, that number had risen to 44000, a 57% increase.Only 19 percent of the participants were young professionals.In 2021, 38% of the occupation as a whole, the lowest percentage among the top jobs studied,

Analysts of market research and marketing experts

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Market research analysts and marketing specialists assist businesses in promoting their goods and services to customers.With a growing emphasis on digital marketing in recent years, it’s a fantastic job opportunity for young professionals.

In fact, between 2015 and 2021, the number of young professionals in this field increased by 54%, from 83000 to 128000.

Organizers of fundraisers


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A fundraising position is a good fit for young professionals who think they’d be good at planning events and campaigns to raise money and other types of donations for a cause.

In 2015, 19000 young professionals worked as fundraisers.By 2021, that figure had risen to 29000, a 53% increase.

Material scientists and chemists

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Chemists and materials scientists can work in a variety of capacities, from conducting research to developing materials that are used in a variety of consumer products.In 2015, there were 23000 young chemists and materials scientists working in the United States.By 2021, it had risen by 52% to 35000.

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