There's a huge difference between the projected percentage growth of a category and growth in the number of something; just imagine there's only one Chick-fil-A on Earth, increasing its supply of chicken sandwiches by 50%, and 1,000 Popeyes, increasing their supply by 5%. That still means many more Popeyes sandwiches, and only a minor increase in the soggy-battered, sauce-deprived, small-pickled Chick-fil-A sandwich.
The financial website SmartAsset understands that job growth, like chicken sandwiches, can't be measured exclusively by projected percentage growth. And so they took the information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- with its employment projections spanning from 2018 to 20280 -- and calculated what careers will offer both job opportunities and good pay. I'm hoping they will answer my email about incorporating "good office snacks."
The website did so by filtering occupations by those with greater than 10% projected growth over the next 10 years and 2018 mean earnings greater than $62,510. So remained 48 occupations, which were they then compared using four metrics: 10-year expected percentage growth, 10-year expected growth in number of workers, average earnings, and five-year growth in earnings.
Here are the most promising jobs for both employment and pay: