Of The 10 Fastest-Growing U.S. Jobs, 7 Pay Less Than $34,000 A Year

Kevin Mwanza
Written by Kevin Mwanza

Most of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. pay less than a living wage, with seven of them earning an average of $34,000 a year, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment is expected to grow at a rate of 0.5 percent with about 8.4 million new jobs created between 2018 and 2028. That is slower than the 0.8 percent annual payroll growth in the previous decade.

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Many occupations are projected to see significant growth in the next decade but most of the fastest-growing U.S. jobs will not pay a living wage.

Most of the new growth jobs will not be in tech but rather focused on occupations including home health aide and personal care aide.

More than 1 million new health care aides will be needed over the next decade in addition to the 3.2 million already in the field, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Visions of a robot-filled future are just not going to be a reality any time soon as new jobs would need more personal attention than automation.

A report by global consulting firm McKinsey, titled “The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow“, found that “Automation is not happening in a vacuum, and the health of local economies today will affect their ability to adapt and thrive in the face of the changes that lie ahead.”

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The U.S. middle class is losing ground, with about 15 million people expected to be working in jobs that pay less than $27,000 a year, which means they won’t be able to pay the bills.