These Are 5 Of The Fastest Growing Job Industries In America

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Transitioning out of the military is often laden with uncertainty for service members and their spouses. Because most people separate young, the question of “what comes next” can be difficult to answer. When looking for a second career, the potential for growth is something important to keep in mind. You want to find a job that has an abundance of opportunities, room for upward mobility, and salary stability.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these five jobs are expected to have high growth through 2024.

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Median annual salary: $98,185

Both jobs have higher than 30% growth rate between 2014 and 2024, which is significantly higher than most of the national average. Though these require advanced degrees, they are certainly worthwhile to consider if you have a medical background — military or otherwise.

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Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Median annual salary: $51,050

The need for wind turbine technicians is anticipated to grow at least 108% between now and 2024. Wind turbine service technicians — also known as windtechs — install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. Because of the expected growth of renewable energy through wind turbines, this career field is going to continue to expand exponentially. It’s a trade job, so there is somewhat of an education requirement, but nothing too expensive and time consuming.

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Personal Financiers

Median annual salary: $81,060

Businesses across America require the aid of accountants to ensure that their finances are above board. For those who enjoy working with numbers, this is a profession that shows continued promise in both the public and private sectors. You will need a bachelor’s degree, likely in accounting, but for that salary, the education seems pretty worthwhile.

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Occupational and Physical Therapists

Median annual salary: $56,520

According to an Occupational Therapy site, “The easiest way to describe the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy is that a physical therapist treats the patient’s actual impairment, while an occupational therapist treats that impairment in action.” And both jobs are set to experience incredible growth over the next decade — between 41 and 43%. There is some advanced schooling involved, but it’s a very rewarding field for those that enjoy helping others.

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Statisticians

Median annual salary: $80,110

Do you like numbers? Thanks to the data revolution, the field of statistics is expected to grow by 34% through 2024. Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data. What’s more, if you’re looking for a government job — one in three statisticians work for the federal government or for scientific research and development companies, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Moments before Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia went back into the house, journalist Michael Ware said he was "pacing like a caged tiger ... almost like he was talking to himself."

"I distinctly remember while everybody else had taken cover temporarily, there out in the open on the street — still exposed to the fire from the roof — was David Bellavia," Ware told Task & Purpose on Monday. "David stopped pacing, he looked up and sees that the only person still there on the street is me. And I'm just standing there with my arms folded.

"He looked up from the pacing, stared straight into my eyes, and said 'Fuck it.' And I stared straight back at him and said 'Fuck it,'" Ware said. "And that's when I knew, we were both going back in that house."

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Former Army Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn will plead not guilty to a charge of murder for allegedly shooting an unarmed Afghan man whom a tribal leader had identified as a Taliban bomb maker, his attorney said.

Golsteyn will be arraigned on Thursday morning at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Phillip Stackhouse told Task & Purpose.

No date has been set for his trial yet, said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

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John Wick is back, and he's here to stay. It doesn't matter how many bad guys show up to try to collect on that bounty.

With John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the titular hitman, played by 54-year-old Keanu Reeves, continues on a blood-soaked hyper-stylized odyssey of revenge: first for his slain dog, then his wrecked car, then his destroyed house, then ... well, honestly it's hard to keep track of exactly what Wick is avenging by this point, or the body count he's racked up in the process.

Though we do know that the franchise has raked in plenty of success at the box office: just a week after it's May 17 release, the third installment in director Chad Stahleski's series took in roughly $181 million, making it even more successful than its two wildly popular prequels 2014's John Wick, and 2017's John Wick: Chapter 2.

And, more importantly, Reeves' hitman is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest action movie heroes in recent memory. Few (if any) other action flicks have succeeded in creating a mind-blowing avant garde ballet out of a dozen well-dressed gunmen who get shot, choked, or stabbed with a pencil by a pissed off hitman who just wants to return to retirement.

But for all the over-the-top acrobatics, fight sequences, and gun-porn (see: the sommelier), what makes the series so enthralling, especially for the service members and vets in the audience, is that there are some refreshing moments of realism nestled under all of that gun fu. Wrack your brain and try to remember the last time you saw an action hero do a press check during a shootout, clear a jam, or actually, you know, reload, instead of just hip-firing 300 rounds from an M16 nonstop. It's cool, we'll wait.

As it turns out, there's a good reason for the caliber of gun-play in John Wick. One of the franchise's secret weapons is a professional three-gun shooter named Taran Butler, who told Task & Purpose he can draw and hit three targets in 0.67 seconds from 10 yards. And if you've watched any of the scores of videos he's uploaded to social media over the years, it's pretty clear that this isn't idle boasting.

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The Navy's electromagnetic railgun is undergoing what officials described as "essentially a shakedown" of critical systems before finally installing a tactical demonstrator aboard a surface warship, the latest sign that the once-beleaguered supergun may actually end up seeing combat.

That pretty much means this is could be the last set of tests before actually slapping this bad boy onto a warship, for once.

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The Justice Department has accused Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) of illegally using campaign funds to pay for extramarital affairs with five women.

Hunter, who fought in the Iraq War as a Marine artillery officer, and his wife Margaret were indicated by a federal jury on Aug. 21, 2018 for allegedly using up to $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use.

In a recent court filing, federal prosecutors accused Hunter of using campaign money to pay for a variety of expenses involved with his affairs, ranging from a $1,008 hotel bill to $7 for a Sam Adams beer.

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