The 30 best high-paying jobs of the future
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- Using employment projection and salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we found 30 high-paying jobs that are poised to enjoy healthy employment growth over the next decade.
- Several tech and medical occupations show up on the list.
The future of work is looking pretty bright, at least for nurses and software developers.
Plenty of medical and tech jobs are likely to keep growing in the next several years, and pay handsomely as well.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections program publishes estimates for job growth across hundreds of occupations. The most recent release compares how many people worked in each occupation in 2016 with the Bureau's projections for 2026.
We combined those job growth projections with 2017 median annual earnings for each occupation from the Bureau's Occupational Employment Statistics program, using the geometric mean of the two numbers, to find roles that are both growing and high-paying.
Since we are focused on high-paying jobs, we restricted our ranking to occupations with 2017 median earnings above the median among all occupations of $37,690.
Here are the 30 best jobs of the next decade or so:
30. Family and general practitioners
28. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
27. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
26. Construction managers
25. Physician assistants
24. Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
23. Secondary school teachers
22. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
21. Computer systems analysts
20. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
19. Services sales representatives, all other
18. Systems software developers
17. Physical therapists
16. Nurse practitioners
15. Postsecondary health specialties teachers
14. Elementary school teachers
13. Computer and information systems managers
12. Business operations specialists, all other
11. Medical and health services managers
9. Managers, all other
8. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
7. Physicians and surgeons, all other
6. Management analysts
5. Accountants and auditors
4. Financial managers
3. General and operations managers
2. Applications software developers
1. Registered nurses
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