America’s 10 Fastest Growing And Shrinking Jobs

Construction and switchboard operators are on the out, musical composers and human resources are on the in

Sep 06, 2015 at 3:42 PM ET

America’s fastest growing and shrinking jobs over the past 10 years are not necessarily what you might have predicted a decade ago. Dadaviz collected data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupational employment changes from 2005 to 2014, and found a hodgepodge of jobs have grown or retreated. They have seemingly been effected by economic, technological and population shifts, among other factors.

Of all the fastest-growing jobs of the past decade, oil, gas and mining service operators were number one. The industry, which boomed over 200 percent in the past 10 years, has been carried by a boom in oil and natural gas production in the United States. Behind the oil and gas operator occupation, the growth of music directors and composers soared.

When it comes to the corporate world, human resources and event planning have become two highly-desired skill sets. Human resources jobs have grown 151 percent in the past 10 years and are expected to grow rapidly in the next few.

In many professions, an aging population of baby-boomers has played a role. According to the Bureau of Labor Service, demand for massage services—a job on the rise—will grow as baby-boomers age. An aging population also leads to a rise in demand for personal care aides, another profession that has seen growth over the last decade.

Occupations on the decline, for the most part, reflect changes in technology and the construction industry as the last 10 years saw a housing bust. Of the 10 fastest shrinking occupations, four were construction-related. Meanwhile, switchboard operators are not nearly as in demand as they were 10 years ago, perhaps due to the fact that most companies have online help forums or FAQ pages.

The number of typists has also plummeted, possibly because typing isn’t really considered a specialized skill given how many people now are using computers.