Home health aides, statisticians, solar-panel installers andsoftware developers are among the 15 fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. andreflect the needs of an aging population, a shift to clean energyand employer demand for science, technology and math talent.

The number of solar photovoltaic installers -- responsible forinstalling systems on roofs or other structures, and earning amedian annual wage of $39,240 in 2016 -- is projected to more thandouble from 2016 to 2026, according to data from the LaborDepartment’s biennial employmentprojections released Tuesday.


Eight of the remaining 14 fastest-growing occupations are inhealth care, with median salaries in 2016 ranging from $21,920 forpersonal care aides to $101,480 for physician assistants. Thehighest paid among them -- mathematicians -- earned a median$105,810 last year, but the position typically requires at least aMaster’s degree.


As for the most rapidly declining jobs: typists, watch repairers, andpostal workers are facing a bleaker outlook, the Labor Departmentdata show.

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