Given America's aging population, it's no surprise that the largest growth in jobs will be in health care. "The Healthcare Reform Act will create more jobs in health care as coverage expands to 30 million more Americans," says Pamela Tate, president and CEO the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, a national nonprofit organization.
Indeed, 17 of the next decade's 30 fastest-growing occupations identified by the BLS are health-care-related. During the recession, while most industries lost jobs, health care added over 600,000. In March alone, for instance, the BLS reported the largest employment gains came in health care, with 27,000 new jobs: 16,000 of those in ambulatory health care services and 9,000 in nursing and residential care facilities.