You may not be able to predict the future, but data experts can tell you what job you should pick for a successful future.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kiplinger and economic forecasting group EMSI analyzed 785 popular US jobs. Out of that list, Kiplinger measured which will have the strongest and weakest growth rates over the next 10 years (between 2016 and 2026), what those jobs will pay and how much education they will require.
Additionally, the list excludes jobs that “saddled people with too much debt,” Kiplinger online editor David Muhlbaum tells CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Friday.
Here are Kiplinger’s 10 best and worst jobs for the next decade (with No. 1 being the best and worst role on both lists, respectively).
The 10 best jobs for the future:
- App developer
- Computer systems analyst
- Nurse practitioner
- Physical therapist
- Health services manager
- Physician’s assistant
- Dental hygienist
- Market research analyst
- Personal financial adviser
- Speech language pathologist
With regards to top 10 best jobs, Kiplinger took into consideration the following two qualifications: In addition to providing a good salary, the job will have a manageable barrier to entry.
Muhlbaum tells CNBC that a job like doctor did not make the list because it’s a profession that demands an extended amount of time and a steep amount of money to prepare for the field.
Meanwhile, a physician’s assistant made the list because it doesn’t require as big of an investment in time and tuition.
The 10 worst jobs for the future:
- Textile machine worker
- Photo processor
- Furniture finisher
- Radio or TV announcer
- Floral designer
- Gaming cashier
- Metal and plastic machine operator
- Door-to-door salesperson
- Print binding and finishing worker
The main criteria Kiplinger considered for the worst job was that the profession had to employ at least 20,000 people. Not coincidentally, Muhlbaum points out that many of these jobs involved handwork and craft work that can eventually become automated.
Muhlbaum says it’s “up to you to stay ahead of the machine” by teaching yourself valuable skills.
Instead of discouraging people looking to join or already in these professions, Muhlbaum encourages them to look at their career from a different standpoint.
For example, a textile machine worker can switch to a similar line of work if they have the qualifications to be a machinist as well.
“Everyone should keep an eye out for automation,” Muhlbaum says,”but if there is a lesson to be learned from these lists, it’s that education can help people adapt to digitization/robotization of jobs.”