2018 Hot Jobs and Predictions for 2019

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2018 was a year of robust growth, based on various economic indicators. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth was strong. Corporate profits reached impressive heights, especially in the technology sector. Americans last enjoyed a prolonged period of low unemployment in the 1950s, with current unemployment reaching a level not seen since 1968.

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But this level of growth may not last much longer. There are signs that we may be heading into a recession in the next 12 months. Major manufacturers are laying off workers. The on-again, off-again, maybe-on-again trade war with China is injecting uncertainty into already jittery markets. Workers are still not seeing appreciable growth in real wages.

As 2018 winds down, we wanted to take a look back to determine which jobs have been booming along with the economy. We also look ahead to 2019, highlighting those jobs that are likely to thrive despite the threat of the coming storm.

The Tech Sector Drove the Majority of Growth in 2018

Much of the growth in the U.S. economy over the past year has been due to gains in the technology sector—a trend that was reflected in PayScale’s worker survey data. Of the 10 fastest-growing jobs in our crowdsourced

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