Highland Wind Farm

Wind turbines are seen at Highland Wind Farm near Primghar, Iowa, in O'Brien County on Oct. 1, 2015.

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

No degree can guarantee you a job after graduation, but keeping your finger on the pulse of the career market can help you be aware of certain courses and extracurriculars that might make the search for employment a little less grueling. Take a look at this year's hottest jobs in Iowa. Source: www.schools.com.

Hottest jobs in Iowa

Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Career Title Projected growth Total employment Annual salary
Wind Turbine Service Technicians 119.1% 360 $60,380
Occupational Therapy Assistants 43.5% 420 $55,720
Operations Research Analysts 40.6% 570 $75,850
Information Security Analysts 39.4% 440 $74,270
Physical Therapist Assistants 38.3% 960 $46,690
Interpreters and Translators 35.1% 540 $36,500
Occupational Therapy Aides 34.9% 50 $32,720
Statisticians 34.2% 200 $68,820
Home Health Aides 32.2% 5,630 $26,990
Physical Therapist Aides 32.2% 330 $28,480
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