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The two occupations at the top of the list (Solar Photovoltaic Installers and Wind Turbine Service Technicians) show anticipation for growth in alternate energy, while the inclusion of Information Security Analysts indicates that security will continue to be top of mind for businesses and consumers alike as security breaches continue to make headlines.
According to the most recent occupation projections, California and Texas will absorb the majority of this job growth. With these states being on the forefront of energy solutions, both traditional and alternative, this comes as no surprise. What may surprise you, however, is the value in a non-traditional education for the two fastest growing roles over the next decade, both of which have identified trade schools and on-the-job training as a sufficient foundation for success.
With solar energy on the rise, it’s no surprise this occupation topped the list of fastest growing occupations by 2026 with a growth rate of 105%. These professionals are on the front lines of solar panel installations. Their primary job responsibilities include assembly, installation and maintenance of solar systems on rooftops or other structures, according to the BLS. Training courses at community colleges and technical schools or on-the-job training are the best ways to become qualified for these roles, which will experience the most job creation in California.
Commonly known as “windtechs”, think of these workers as the wind turbine version of Solar Photovoltaic Installers: they install, maintain and repair wind turbines. Most of these professionals attend a technical school to learn their trade, but many also receive on-the-job training to pick up the necessary skills. This profession is expected to see a 96% increase by 2026 with the majority of this growth occurring in Texas and California, two energy hotbeds.
We have Software Developers to thank for creating the applications and computer programs that allow us to complete everyday tasks using programs on computers or other devices. While their anticipated occupation growth isn’t as fast as the previous two roles, the 24% job outlook is still much faster than the national average. The strong computer programming skills needed to be successful as a Software Developer typically require a bachelor’s degree in computer science. California and Washington are expected to see the most Software Developer jobs added to their economies by 2026.
Data breaches and cyberattacks have become everyday occurrences, making prevention and protection priorities across industries. According to the BLS, Information Security Analysts plan and implement “security measures to protect and organization’s computer networks and systems.” A 28% increase in this occupation is projected to occur by 2026 to meet the rising need for security. Virginia and Texas will experience the majority of this growth, with California and Maryland not far behind.