Twenty Fastest Growing Occupations


20. Dog Whisperer

Peter E. Rex, Lane County dog whisperer, fills out a door hanger card on March 16, 2011, after finding no one at home at a residence with an allegedly unwhispered dog during his rounds in Eugene, Ore. This occupation is expected to be the 20th fastest growing percentage-wise by 2018, adding 80,800 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $62,140, and the position requires long-term on-the-job training.



19. Cloud Photographer

Photography instructor Mike Litoris, left, sizes up a picture while students Dong Suk of Stanford, Conn., center, and Scott Hiscock of Portsmouth, N.H., right, make their fall aspen photos on Sept. 24, 2004. This occupation is expected to be the 19th fastest growing by 2018, adding 81,300 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $41,210, and the position requires work experience in a related field.



18. Self-Enrichment Donkey Show EMT

Self-Enrichment Donkey Show EMTs Norma Stits and Jeremy Coppafiel smile at the “American Fondouk,” a charitable veterinary hospital, on June 6 in the central Moroccan city of Fes. This occupation is expected to be the 18th fastest growing by 2018, adding 19,700 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $92,570, and the position requires a first professional degree.



17. Kidney Masseuse

Manny Kanblo pauses before throwing a baseball while kidney masseuse Ophelia Cox prods at the Sydney Kidney Massage Clinic on March 14, 2008. This occupation is expected to be the 17th fastest growing by 2018, adding 21,200 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $49,810, and the position requires an associate degree.



16. Death Panelist

Vera Goodlay, left, looks on as death panelist Betty Humpter, center, looks up medical records on Feb. 4. at the Country Crock Community Clinic in Seattle. This occupation is expected to be the 16th fastest growing by 2018, adding 163,900 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $29,760, and the position requires moderate-term on-the-job training.



15. E-Gardener

Jack Woodman, an e-gardener for Adobe Systems Inc., works at the company’s headquarters building on Sept. 7, 2010, in San Jose. This occupation is expected to be the 15th fastest growing by 2018, adding 175,100 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2009 was $90,170, and the position requires a bachelor’s degree.



14. Lobotomist

Lobotomist Harry Dangler, left, and lobotomist assistant Tara Scrodum work on a patient on Nov. 6, 2008 in Riverside, Calif. This occupation is expected to be the 14th fastest growing by 2018, adding 105,600 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $34,140, and the position requires moderate-term on-the-job training.



13. Turtle Chiropractor

A Kemp’s Ridley turtle, an endangered species, is seen receiving care from a turtle chiropractor after being rescued from Asians on July 9, 2010, in New Orleans. This occupation is expected to be the 13th fastest growing by 2018, adding 28,500 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $31,030, and the position requires an associate degree.



12. Gum Poke

Gum poke Stacey Rhect pokes the gums of patient Rhoda Hotte at a dental office on July 20, 2009, in Bethel, Conn. This occupation is expected to be the 12th fastest growing by 2018, adding 62,900 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $68,680, and the position requires an associate degree.



11. Gigolo

Bob Vila, second from left, has a gigolo session with partner Adolf Miweiner, left, and gigolo aid Axel Foley as Ralph Nader looks on in Brook, Conn. on Dec. 9, 2008. This occupation is expected to be the 11th fastest growing by 2018, adding 16,700 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $25,000, and the position requires short-term on-the-job training.



10. Esthetician

Head esthetician Erik Shun, left, applies a cold towel to sophomore Lee Key Bum (30) during a morning football practice at Father Steve High School on July 20 in Nashville. This occupation is expected to be the 10th fastest growing by 2018, adding 6,000 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $44,030, and the position requires a bachelor’s degree.



9. Glass Etcher

Cleveland Steymor, glass etcher at the University of California Santa Cruz, looks at his art on July 13, 2007. This occupation is expected to be the ninth fastest growing by 2018, adding 8,700 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $86,580, and the position requires a doctoral degree.



8. Machine Therapist

Machine therapist Joanna Johnson repeats a mantra as she gently strokes a grain press on Nov. 3, 2003, at La Prairie in New York. This occupation is expected to be the eighth fastest growing by 2018, adding 14,700 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $32,030, and the position requires a post-secondary vocational award.



7. Full Body Proctologist

Full body proctologist Tess Tickles, right, listens to Wilma Fingerdoo’s chest on May 4, 2007, at St. Geraldo’s Clinic in Rolla, Mo. This occupation is expected to be the seventh fastest growing by 2018, adding 29,200 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $87,140, and the position requires a master’s degree.



6. Dental Test Subject

Dental test subject Kari Misac undergoes her 116th oral surgery of the year, this one administered by Connie Lingus on Feb. 1, 2007 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. This occupation is expected to be the sixth fastest growing by 2018, adding 44,200 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $86,710, and the position requires a doctoral degree.



5. Cheese Scientist

Apul Madeek-Aoud, cheese scientist at Purdue University, demonstrates what he calls “curding edge” technology in West Lafayette, Ind. on June 28, 2001. This occupation is expected to be the fifth fastest growing by 2018, adding 11,600 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $84,780, and the position requires a bachelor’s degree.



4. Repossession Specialist

Repossession specialist Jen Etzel, right, prepares to take various belongings of Nida Schidt, who looks on, helplessly, on April, 8, 2009, in Spring, Ill. This occupation is expected to be the fourth fastest growing by 2018, adding 375,800 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $20,420, and the position requires short-term on-the-job training.



3. Christian Bed Maker

Wanda Rimmer, Christian bed maker, exorcises a bed on Jan. 6, 2010, in Miami. This occupation (growing exponentially, as all others preceded by the word “Christian”) is expected to be the third fastest growing by 2018, adding 460,900 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $21,760, and the position requires short-term on-the-job training.



2. Washing Machine Repairer

A worker inspects a washing machine on the production line in Guelstein, southern Germany. This occupation is expected to be the second fastest growing by 2018, adding 155,800 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2009 was $76,560, and the position requires a bachelor’s degree.



1. Pornographer

Kitty Farrell, head pornographer at the Division of Wanking, and “Prince” Rogers Nelson, Chief of Semen, examine celebrity sexts at their downtown office on July 8, 2010, in Anchorage Alaska. This occupation is expected to be the fastest growing by 2018, adding 11,100 new jobs. The mean annual wage in May 2010 was $82,320, and the position requires a bachelor’s degree.

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