If you’re looking for a new job this year, there are certain positions that employers are having a hard time filling, meaning you’ve got a better chance of actually landing the job.
Job posting website CareerCast analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts, trade and professional association data, graduation rates and their own database of job listings to determine which jobs are in highest demand right now.
The jobs span a variety of industries, although jobs in the growing healthcare field are especially plentiful.
Here are 10 of the toughest jobs to fill in 2018, based on CareerCast’s analysis. If you’re considering a total career change and you’re willing to learn some new skills or even go back to school, you might want to consider one of the jobs in this list.
Note that the salaries listed are the median salaries for the position—they likely vary greatly, depending on where you live, how much experience you have and what type of company you work for.
1. Application Software Developer
Median Salary: $100,800
Projected Growth: 31 percent
These days, it seems like there’s an app for everything. Application software developers are the ones who create the applications like games and word processing programs that you use on your phone, computer or tablet. Don’t know how to code? No problem. There are coding schools all over the place, including this one that will actually pay you to attend.
2. Construction Laborer
Median Salary: $33,430
Projected Growth: 12 percent
If you like working with your hands, construction laborers that build the homes and businesses where we work and live are currently in demand. Of course, the median salary takes into account jobs all over the country. Interested in digging a bit deeper? This list explores how much construction workers get paid in every state.
3. Financial Advisor
Median Salary: $90,530
Projected Growth: 15 percent
Financial advisors help people achieve their financial goals and provide guidance on how much to save, how to invest and on matters related to estate and tax planning.
4. Home Health Aide
Median Salary: $22,600
Projected Growth: 47 percent
As the population ages, home health aides that can administer medications, change bandages, check vital signs and help patients with personal activities like bathing and grooming, are increasingly in demand.
5. Information Security Analyst
Median Salary: $92,600
Projected Growth: 28 percent
Information security analysts prevent hackers from stealing critical information and help to protects companies’ and organizations’ computer networks and systems. And with last year’s massive Equifax breach, we all know how important it is to protect against hackers and scammers.
6. Medical Services Manager
Median Salary: $96,540
Projected Growth: 20 percent
Medical services managers work on the administrative side of health care. They plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services for an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department or medical practice for a group of physicians.
7. Nurse Practitioner
Median Salary: $107,460
Projected Growth: 31 percent
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with additional education who can perform physical exams, order and analyze lab tests, prescribe medication, authorize treatments and educate patients and families on treatment options. If this is a career you’re interested in, you’ll need to go back to school, depending on your background.
8. Personal Care Aide
Median Salary: $21,920
Projected Growth: 39 percent
Similar to home health aides, personal care aides offer assistance to elderly, ill or disabled individuals in their homes or at a care facility. However, they do not provide medical care, but rather, help with everyday tasks such as housekeeping and preparing meals. If you’re looking for a part-time job or a side gig to supplement your income, consider becoming a “senior concierge,” which is a similar position.
9. Physical Therapist
Median Salary: $84,020
Projected Growth: 34 percent
Those who have been injured or suffer from disabling conditions utilize physical therapists to improve their mobility and function and relieve pain. This another career path that will require some additional schooling.
10. Truck Driver
Median Salary: $41,340
Projected Growth: 6 percent
If life on the open road appeals to you, truck drivers have the opportunity to travel the country while delivering items for a variety of industries. You’ll need to get a special driver’s license before you can start working at this job.