Jan 11, 2010 1:53 PM by Eve Tahmincioglu, msnbc

10 fastest-growing professions

Now that the dismal 2009 job market is behind us, it's time to focus on job opportunities.

Among the jobs expected to see the most growth this year and in the years ahead are biomedical engineer and registered nurse, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' projections through 2018.

Jobs in health care will be among the biggest winners going forward, said Peter Morici, an international business professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He also expects to see growth in finance and technology again despite the carnage of 2009.

Some of the jobs projected to see the most growth, either by percentage or in sheer numbers, require few skills, while others require high levels of education. Also, keep in mind that jobs related to these fast-growing occupations may also see growth. "A lot of highly educated jobs often have jobs around them that may not require as much education," said Morici.

Here's a list of the 10 fastest-growing jobs projected through 2018:

• Biomedical engineer
• Registered nurse
• Network systems and data communications analyst
• Home health aide (nursing and psychiatric)
• Personal and home care aide
• Financial examiner
• Medical scientist (except epidemiologists)
• Physician assistant
• Customer service representative
• Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food



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