Are you thinking about a new career?
Perhaps one that’s fulfilling enough to help you do more than just cover the bills?
Or do you just want job security to stop worrying about technology and outsourcing stealing your job?
Well, good news…
There are some remarkable careers that can give you the financial stability and peace-of-mind you’re looking for. And this post will show you some of the fastest growing and highest paying careers in demand for the future.
So if you’re thinking about changing careers or you’re trying to choose your college major, this post will benefit you.
Let’s dive in.
How to Find The Best Jobs for The Future
The job hunting process can be very frustrating. Mostly because there are no guarantees that you’ll get your dream job. However, you can increase your chances with meticulous planning and preparation.
One of the best ways to do that is to consider the long-term outlook for a particular job. Not only is this smart when evaluating a career, it can also save you from wasting time and money pursuing a dying (or dead) occupation.
Too many people overlook this and either find themselves unemployed or burdened by massive student loan debt. But you can avoid that by examining future employment opportunities – both for your current job and jobs in other industries.
If things aren’t looking great for your current occupation or the one you’re thinking about pursuing, then you’re going to need to change careers soon.
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About The List
Data for this list was gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*NET, and PayScale.
To narrow the list down from almost 1000 jobs, certain benchmarks were used – such as tremendous growth and a good salary.
BTW, everyone has a different opinion for what makes a “good” salary. However, studies have shown that the amount falls somewhere between $65,000 – $70,000. And those studies influenced the minimum salary requirements for the careers on this list.
As for growth, well that’s pretty self-explanatory. None of the careers listed here are dying, getting replaced by robots, or being outsourced.
Now that you know about the list, keep reading to discover…
40 Careers in Demand for The Next 10 Years
Here are the best high-paying careers for the future:
1. Registered nurses (RN)
Did you know that RNs account for the largest number of healthcare workers?
As an RN, you’ll be expected to provide patient care, health education, and emotional support for patients and families. In addition to that, administering medicine, performing diagnostic tasks, and teaching people how to manage injury and illness, will also be part of your daily routine.
To become a registered nurse, you’ll need a relevant degree or diploma. And most importantly, you’ll need to become licensed.
It’s no secret that this is a very demanding job. But RNs do get paid well and no one’s ever going to mistake it for a boring desk job. So if you want to help people in a variety of settings, this could be your next career.
Median Salary: $70,000
Projected Job Growth: 15% (400,000+)
2. Software Developers
Right now you’re reading this post on some kind of computing device. That wouldn’t have been possible without a software developer writing the necessary lines of code for your device or application.
Solving problems is the main focal point of software development. Finding ways to automate tasks and improve human interaction with technology, will be part of your daily duties.
While having a relevant degree can help you, it’s not a requirement. There are many successful software developers earning a comfortable living without degrees. And if you want to be like them, you’ll need to invest in a course and become certified (if necessary), to prove you have the required skills.
Technology will continue growing at a rapid pace. So if you want in on some of the action (and cash), then consider becoming a software developer. Who knows, maybe you’ll create the next great app!
Median Salary: $103,560
Projected Job Growth: 24% (300,000+)
3. Postsecondary Education Teachers
College professors serve as the final transitional resources between young adults and the real world.
As a professor you’ll guide those budding souls in academic and technical subjects designed to prepare them for the workforce. Some of your activities may also include research, getting published, or creating the next overpriced college textbook.
Naturally, you need either a master’s degree or PhD to become a university professor. The cool thing is, it can be in an area that you’re passionate about. So that Art career you envisioned just might come to fruition.
It’s a pretty flexible career that pays well and has many benefits. Plus you get to see fresh faces every year or two. And if you want to help influence them, there’s no better way to do it than by becoming a postsecondary education teacher.
Median Salary: $76,000
Projected Job Growth: 15% (195,000+)
4. Accountants and Auditors
If you’re like most people, you pay someone (a lot of money) to manage your finances and keep Uncle Sam happy. This can be for your personal income, business income, or both.
Contrary to popular belief accountants no longer sit in cubicles crunching numbers. As an accountant your job is to find the meaning behind those numbers and communicate them to clients or management. You also get to give advice and make decisions that can impact their financial situation.
To become an accountant, you’ll first need an accounting (or relevant) degree. Then you’ll need to become certified, depending on the area of accounting. Once you have those, you can fulfill your lifelong dream of getting paid to play with numbers.
Median Salary: $69,350
Projected Job Growth: 10% (138,000+)
5. Management Analysts (a.k.a. Consultant)
Processes and results. That pretty much sums of the job of a management analyst.
It’s a job where you’ll be responsible for providing solutions to management. The kind of solutions that increases revenue and decreases costs to make the company more profitable.
At the very least you’ll need some type of bachelor’s degree. But if you’ve got years of experience in a certain field (or you’re a genius), that may trump the degree requirement. In other words, companies may want degrees but they’ll never prioritize them over making money.
While this career pays quite well, it does require frequent travel. So be prepared to rack up those frequent flyer miles.
Median Salary: $82,450
Projected Job Growth: 14% (110,000+)
6. Financial Managers
The financial health of a business falls squarely upon the shoulders of a financial manager.
This role is all about focusing on a business internally. You’ll ensure adherence to budgets – that profits are looked after and costs are controlled, keeping the business operating as financially safe as possible.
Other responsibilities may include making investment decisions, creating financial reports, and developing strategies to influence future financial goals.
In order to get that sweet six-figure salary, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree and experience in a similar financial role.
Median Salary: $125,080
Projected Job Growth: 19% (107,000+)
7. Physicians and Surgeons
Imagine getting paid almost a quarter of million dollars to poke people and use cold metal objects to listen to their bodies. How many other jobs would pay you to do that?
Unless you get paid to torture humans, the only way to legally do that is to become a doctor of some kind.
You already know the deal here. Spend almost a decade of your life getting all the expensive qualifications you need. Qualifications that allow you to do stuff like perform surgeries, prescribe meds, diagnose and treat injuries, and more.
As much as this career is going to explode in 10 years, it’s probably not going to be worth your time if you’re old. Let the college freshmen deal with the time and insane debt required to become a doctor.
Median Salary: $220,000
Projected Job Growth: 13% (90,000+)
8. Medical and Health Services Managers
Just because med-school isn’t for you doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams of working in healthcare.
As a healthcare administrator, you can run the damn facility and manage those rich physicians and surgeons. Haha suckers!
You’ll be responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all medical and health services. And the best part is…
All you need is a relevant bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and some experience. Not to mention that your compensation can jump to high six-figures over time. Not bad eh?
Median Salary: $98,350
Projected Job Growth: 20% (72,000+)
9. Physical Therapists (PT)
A PT helps patients with a variety of problems such as physical impairments, illnesses, and chronic pain.
Depending on the field of physical therapy, your focus might be on prevention, maintenance, long-term treatment, and more.
It’s also a very active career. You’re on your feet most of the time helping patients improve their movement, manage their pain, and get encouragement they need to stick with a routine.
Once upon a time all you needed was a master’s degree in physical therapy and licensing to become a physical therapist. But things have changed. Now you need a DPT to earn close to $100K, which seems fair.
Median Salary: $86,350
Projected Job Growth: 28% (67,000+)
10. Nurse Practitioners (NP)
NPs are basically registered nurses with advanced training in primary care services. This means they can perform a number of functions that were typically done by doctors – such as ordering medications, x-rays, and lab tests.
As a NP most of what you do will be centered around health promotion, illness prevention, dealing with episodic illnesses, and management of chronic illnesses.
The autonomy and scope you get in this career is immense. And this is reflected in the level of compensation, which easily surpasses six figures.
However, getting to that level will require at least a master’s degree, experience in the field, and licensing. But for a career that is projected to grow tremendously, it’s definitely worth your time and effort.
Median Salary: $110,930
Projected Job Growth: 31% (64,000+)
11. Construction Managers
When companies are looking to erect shopping malls, high-rise apartments, factories, etc, they hire a construction manager.
In this role, you’ll be responsible for supervising the project, making operational decisions, and keeping everything within a tight budget. You are pretty much in charge of the entire construction process.
Given that level of responsibility, companies expect you to have both a bachelor’s degree and on-the-job experience.
And while you may have an office, you’ll hardly see it. That’s because most of your time will be spent in the field coordinating plans, working with others, and managing chaos. If that turns you on, then this could be the career for you.
Median Salary: $91,370
Projected Job Growth: 11% (44,000+)
12. Information Technology Managers
Keeping a company’s computer systems functioning flawlessly and efficiently is what these professionals do.
As an IT manager, you’ll be responsible for many tasks, which all boil down to ensuring information remains accessible. To do that, you’ll work with managers in other departments to oversee and guide their projects.
The company will also need you to evaluate its technological needs, establish budgets, and coordinate with upper management to implement any necessary resources and solutions.
All of that responsibility means you’ll be making more than $100,000 a year. The only caveat is you may need an IT-related bachelor’s degree and experience. But both of those things may be overlooked if you’re a rockstar tech-genius.
Median Salary: $139,220
Projected Job Growth: 12% (44,000+)
13. Dental Hygienists
A key member of dental teams, dental hygienists are highly skilled people who provide long-term oral healthcare to patients.
You’ll be responsible for assessing a patient’s current oral care and reviewing their health history. So if Bob hasn’t used a toothbrush since last Christmas, you’ll school him on the benefits of good oral health. Things like flossing and correct brushing techniques can save Bob from harming humans with nuclear halitosis.
Additionally, you may have to perform oral cancer screenings, remove plaque and stains from teeth, apply fluoride, and take and develop x-rays.
Pay is pretty good considering the only requirements for the job are an associate’s degree in dental hygiene and state licensing. Not bad for earning a cool $74K, right?
Median Salary: $74,070
Projected Job Growth: 20% (40,000+)
14. Financial Advisors
Here’s a career that’s not only rapidly increasing, it can literally save someone’s life!
That last part is not an exaggeration. Just look around and see how many people are one paycheck away from becoming suicidal, homicidal, or maniacal.
As a financial advisor you can help people manage their money to avoid financial ruin. You can also offer advice on things like saving, investing, paying for college, buying a home, retirement, and even death preparation.
A bachelor’s should be enough to become a financial advisor. However, a master’s degree and certification can boost your salary significantly.
If you pursue this career, just remember one thing… don’t f*ck anyone over for money like Well’s Fargo and Wall Street crooks.
Median Salary: $90,640
Projected Job Growth: 15% (40,000+)
15. Physician Assistants (PA)
PAs are healthcare providers that work with a medical team of nurses and doctors to help treat patients.
This career also gives you a bit of autonomy. That means you can do things like prescribe medications and perform procedures. In most cases these actions are determined by your supervising physician.
As long as you’re trained and given permission, you can examine, diagnose, and treat patients.
BTW, you don’t need a lifetime of med-school to crack six figures. Becoming a physician assistant requires a master’s degree and state licensing. Get those two things and you’ll be making bank in no time.
Median Salary: $104,860
Projected Job Growth: 37% (39,000+)
16. Civil Engineers
They don’t get much credit for it, but civil engineers improve the lives of people every day. It’s a profession that’s crucial to a country’s growth and it’s citizens’ well-being.
The occupation is very demanding and involves problems way more complex than lack of intimacy in most marriages. You are basically responsible for creating solutions to society’s toughest challenges. For example: implementing solutions to ensure people have access to clean water after a hurricane.
Other project-related tasks may include supervision, design, creation, operation, maintenance, and more. You can literally specialize in a vast number of areas because the world is full of complex problems waiting to be solved.
While the career is growing and pay is great, you do need some qualifications to start. A bachelor’s degree in a civil engineering specialty, a graduate degree, and licensing, are all required. If that sounds too complex, you can’t join the civil engineering club.
Median Salary: $84,770
Projected Job Growth: 11% (32,000+)
17. Financial Analysts
Helping businesses and individuals make calculated investment decisions is what financial analysts do.
With so many different types of investments like stocks and bonds, people don’t have time to evaluate them. So they need someone like you to do the research and examine a potential company’s financial records. That can mean analyzing projections and competitors.
You then have to simplify the data and present it to clients to help them decide whether it’s a smart investment or risky one.
This is definitely a desk job since most of the work is computer and phone related. But the pay makes it worthwhile. All you need is a bachelor’s degree and you can get your money on.
Note: don’t scam people if you choose this career.
Median Salary: $84,300
Projected Job Growth: 11% (30,000+)
18. Operations Research Analysts
These analysts are kind of like civil engineers – but for companies.
What that means is, you’re responsible for assessing the cost and benefits of different solutions to a company’s complex problems. Using analytical software to simulate current and future events, you can determine how any changes might effect results.
You’ll be required to collect all relevant data by interacting with employees, observing operations, and more. That information is then used by senior management to make decisions about resource allocations, develop production schedules, manage the supply chain, and set prices.
For that level of responsibility you get paid well. But you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in business or a highly analytical field. If your life revolves around numbers, this career may be perfect for you.
Median Salary: $81,390
Projected Job Growth: 27% (31,000+)
19. Occupational Therapists (OT)
When life messes with people’s ability to perform their daily living and working functions, they don’t call the Ghostbusters. They turn to occupational therapists.
Your job as an OT is to help people find the tools and strategies needed to overcome barriers such as illness and disability.
Helping patients develop, recover, improve, or maintain day-to-day activities are also your responsibilities.
To make over $40 an hour, you’ll need a master’s degree in occupational therapy and licensing. While the salary is great, the best part of this job is helping people enjoy a good quality life.
Median Salary: $83,200
Projected Job Growth: 24% (30,000+)
Unless you just came out of the Stone Age, you already know what dentists do.
This career involves anything related to the treatment of teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. It’s basically your job to offer patients healthcare advice and instruction to promote good oral care.
Unsurprisingly, salaries for dentists are well above $150K a year. And depending on if you work alone, partner with other dentists, or join a luxury medical practice, you may earn a lot more.
Dentists don’t just make ugly people look good, they give people something to smile about. And if you want to get paid handsomely to do that, you’re gonna need a doctoral degree and licensing first.
Median Salary: $158,120
Projected Job Growth: 19% (29,000+)
21. Administrative Services Managers
These professionals get paid well to ensure that everyone within a company gets their work done.
In this role, you’ll be responsible for coordinating and directing a wide range of support services and personnel. But that’s not all. Other tasks may include budgeting, secretarial duties, office supervision, and facility maintenance.
It’s such a broad career field that your duties can change depending on the company you work for. So even though you need a bachelor’s degree and work experience, those requirements can vary from company to company.
At the end of the day it’s still a managerial role. And if the act of planning, directing, coordinating, and leading appeals to you, this could be your next career.
Median Salary: $94,020
Projected Job Growth: 10% (28,000+)
22. Information Security Analysts
Business + private data + tech x incompetent employees = the need for security analysts.
As an information security analyst your job is protect an organization from itself. When a company installs IT networks and systems but its employees are old or tech-averse, that’s a recipe for disaster. That’s why you’ll have to implement security measures to protect the computer infrastructure.
Yes, this also means protecting the network from external attacks like hacking. However, most data breaches usually come from within an organization. Companies don’t like to admit that though because… profits.
Some employers are still sticklers for IT-related bachelor degrees. But if you’re a computer wiz and have enough experience, you can easily well over $40 an hour.
Median Salary: $95,510
Projected Job Growth: 28% (27,000+)
23. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)
Also called speech therapists, these professionals help people communicate better.
Although you can specialize in many areas, your tasks pretty much remain the same. For instance, as an SLP working with kids you might have to help them with their pronunciation and communication.
Similarly, you might help adults by assessing, diagnosing, or treating any communication disorders they might have.
While the pay is good, you will need a master’s degree and licensing to become a speech language pathologist.
Median Salary: $76,610
Projected Job Growth: 18% (25,000+)
24. Industrial Engineers
Companies hire industrial engineers to effectively streamline production processes.
In this job you are the bridge between company goals and the work needed to achieve those goals. You basically have to solve problems. That means you’ve got to coordinate people, machines, materials, information, and energy.
You also need to use analytical software, cost analysis, financial planning, quality control, and develop distribution plans to improve profits.
If all that fascinates you, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field to reap the benefits of this job and earn a nice salary.
Median Salary: $85,880
Projected Job Growth: 10% (25,000+)
25. Web Developers
These tech savvy professionals design, create, and maintain a company’s website(s).
It’s more than just starting a blog. As a web developer, you also need to look after the technical aspects of a website. This includes things like optimizing performance, creating content, and ensuring that the site has a functional purpose.
Word on the street is you need an associate’s degree to make a good salary. Well, you can forget that nonsense. All you need to do is invest in a good course then start developing your skills by building websites.
Once you’ve got a portfolio, you can use it to get hired or start your own web design agency. The latter means more monies.
Median Salary: $67,990
Projected Job Growth: 15% (24,000+)
26. Marketing Managers
This career is all about marketing a company’s product or service to potential clients or customers. A lot of this has to do with branding as well.
You’ll have to find creative ways to steer people’s opinions and perceptions of a company. This means working with creative directors, advertising managers, sales managers, and financial staff.
Additionally, you’ll supervise a company’s marketing team to research demand for their products or services, develop pricing strategies, and identify the right customers.
In order to get a nice six-figure paycheck, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience. Once you have those things, you just have to find a company to let you put your skills to use.
Median Salary: $129,380
Projected Job Growth: 10% (23,000+)
Psychologists provide counseling and psychotherapy to people with adjustment problems, emotional disorders, or mental illness.
People are going to turn to you as a psychologist, to help them normalize or succeed in some aspect of their life. They may be experiencing prolonged periods of depression and looking for ways to cope or resolve those personal issues.
In order to help someone you’ll need to assess and diagnose their condition. Then you’ll have to recommend an effective treatment program. That program could be individual or group therapy sessions, or a behavior modification program.
Since it’s a broad profession, you’ll most likely choose an area to specialize in. Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists, are all examples of specialty areas.
It’s a bit rare to become a psychologist with just a master’s degree. In most cases, you’ll need a doctoral degree as well as licensing to earn a good salary as psychologist.
Median Salary: $77,030
Projected Job Growth: 14% (22,000+)
28. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Batman isn’t the only one who can use sound to see in the darkness, sonographers can do it too.
As a sonographer you’ll use special medical equipment to project high-frequency sound waves onto a specific area of a patient’s body. Those waves produce moving images (sonograms) that help you see inside those body structures. The sonograms are used by doctors to help formulate a diagnosis.
You can specialize in specific areas of the body, gynecology, or obstetrics. To do that though, you’ll need an associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate, as well as professional certification.
Unfortunately, you don’t get to wear a suit, fight crime, and live in a mansion as a sonographer. But you do get paid well enough to make this career worthwhile.
Median Salary: $65,620
Projected Job Growth: 17% (20,000+)
29. College & University Education Administrators
These are the folks around campus who are in charge of academics, faculty research, and student services.
People like deans, registrars, and department heads, are examples of education administrators. That means it’s a career where you can expect a similar role at a university or college.
Apart from collecting a nice paycheck and having job security, you’ll have to do some work. You may have to supervise areas such as student guidance, housing, orientation, and discipline.
Other responsibilities could involve reviewing academic programs to ensure standards and schedules are being met.
Since this is university we’re talking about, you’ll need a master’s degree or higher, along with relevant work experience. Get those things and you can stay on campus forever!
Median Salary: $92,360
Projected Job Growth: 10% (18,000+)
Vets provide healthcare services to animals.
Your job will involve diagnosing, treating, and researching diseases that affect animals. Part of that also includes preventative medicine to ensure animals stay healthy.
Basically vets are to animals what physicians are to humans. That means you’ll need a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and a license in order to become a vet.
Vets typically work with animals on a daily basis in private clinics and hospitals. So if you want to get paid well to do that instead of work with humans, this could be your dream job.
Median Salary: $90,420
Projected Job Growth: 19% (15,000+)
31. Database Administrators
These admins are in charge of the server(s) that houses a company’s database.
You’ll essentially be responsible for maintaining large files containing customer and product information. It’s on you to make that information available and accessible to everyone in the company who needs it.
While some people have IT-related bachelor degrees, a few don’t. The requirements for becoming a database administrator can vary from company to company. But if you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you’d better have experience and awesome skills in order to get the job.
Since this is another tech job, the compensation is more than good. So if you’re into database systems, you might want to become a database admin.
Median Salary: $87,020
Projected Job Growth: 11% (13,000+)
Using numbers to solve real-world problems in different industries is why statisticians get compensated so well.
Being a statistician means you’ll spend your days analyzing data, creating statistical models, and predicting outcomes that can influence production processes. Upper management will also depend on you to simplify complex data so they can use it to make important financial decisions.
Assuming you aren’t the next Ronald Fisher, you’ll need a master’s degree to become a statistician. Although it’s not unheard of to get by with just a bachelor’s degree.
If you’ve got the ability to turn numbers into answers, you should probably put that big brain of yours to work as a statistician.
Median Salary: $84,760
Projected Job Growth: 33% (14,000+)
33. Financial Specialists
Professionals in this career usually work in one of four areas:
(i) Quantitative analysis
As a quantitive analyst you’ll be responsible for creating financial products to help people or businesses with saving, lending, borrowing, investing, or managing risk. Your may also find yourself developing analytical tools or advanced financial investment instruments.
(ii) Risk management
In this career you’ll have to analyze and control risk-related issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions that can impact an organization’s processes.
(ii) Investment underwriting
Assessing companies as potential investments, signing off on financing capital for growth, and brokering investments, will be part of your job as an investment underwriter.
(iv) Fraud examination and investigation
In this role you get to basically do everything you can to uncover financial scams. That includes gathering evidence, data analysis, creating reports, and even showing up in court to testify against suit-wearing scumbags.
To become a financial specialist in any of those areas you’ll need a bachelor’s degree and a bit of experience. Although the latter isn’t always required for you to earn a good salary.
Median Salary: $69,520
Projected Job Growth: 12% (13,000+)
This profession is all about helping people see better, but you already knew that.
As an optometrist you’ll examine a patient’s eyes or other parts of their visual system, to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases. You also have the ability to write prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses.
Another part of your job will involve using medical tools to determine eye health, visual focus and coordination, as well as test visual acuity, depth, and color perception.
You can easily make $100,000 a year as an optometrist. But to do that, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, a doctoral degree, and licensing. Get those things and you’ll start to see lots of dollar signs.
Median Salary: $110,300
Projected Job Growth: 18% (7,000+)
Chiropractors help patients overcome injuries and body ailments created by natural or unnatural forces.
After examining a patient’s nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, you’ll be able to treat any problems they might have. You may also need to correct poor alignment by making manual adjustments to their spine and other joint areas.
Given the intimate nature of this job, you need the physical skills and empathy to be able to interact with patients. You also need knowledge too, which you’ll get from a doctoral degree program.
The last part of becoming a chiropractor is licensing. Once you have that, you can start making a decent salary helping people live pain free.
Median Salary: $68,640
Projected Job Growth: 12% (5,900+)
36. Technical Writers
Technical writers turn complex information into simple communication for end users.
Things like instruction manuals, how-to guides, and other supporting documentation, all need to be written in an easy-to-understand format. For instance, it could be manuals a software company creates for its clients. Or it could be installation instructions that come with you new smart TV.
Some people think this career is only for English majors. On the contrary, any bachelor’s degree will do. In fact, it’s not always a requirement. You can become a technical writer if you have experience with a product or service, and can clearly explain its functions.
Most people in this career work in the IT and engineering fields, and the pay is good. But if you’re considering this career, would you mind moonlighting as a writer for IKEA instruction manuals? Somehow there are always extra screws.
Median Salary: $70,930
Projected Job Growth: 11% (5,700+)
37. Natural Sciences Managers
Developing projects that contribute to society via science is what natural sciences managers do.
In this role, you’ll direct the activities of a variety of scientists to ensure they align with the goals of the company. That includes supervising corporate and developmental research initiatives.
Other aspects of the job will involve interacting with senior management to provide feedback, updates, and project results. It’s not uncommon for you to have to oversee planning, budgeting, hiring, and staff management processes.
To get a big fat paycheck, you need a bachelor’s degree and several years of experience first. But after that you can use a scientific calculator to add up your income.
Median Salary: $118,970
Projected Job Growth: 10% (5,600+)
38. Computer & Information Scientists
This career is all about discovering new ways to use computing to meet the needs of humans.
Most of your time will be spent studying complex computing problems and coming up with solutions. Those solutions may be used in business, medicine, science, or other industries.
In addition to that you’ll have to manage tasks to accomplish a company’s or client’s priority and goals. Evaluating project proposals for feasibility issues will also be your responsibility.
Since most high-paying jobs are in the government and private sector, having at least a bachelor’s degree is necessary. However, many computer scientists also have master’s degree.
If you’re considering this career, be ready to spend long hours in front of a computer!
Median Salary: $114,520
Projected Job Growth: 19% (5,400+)
Actuaries use past data to quantify risk and put a value on uncertain future events.
In case you were wondering, that requires a lot of math, statistics, and financial theory. Those are the tools you’ll use to evaluate the risk of events that probably won’t even happen. Your analysis is then used by companies to create policies to reduce that risk.
It shouldn’t come as shock to you that insurance companies offer very lucrative salaries to lure actuarial scientists. But in order to get the job you’ll need a strong aptitude for math, a bachelor’s degree, and certification. And if you’re a regular Einstein, you probably won’t need any of that.
Do numbers turn you on? This career just might satisfy you.
Median Salary: $101,560
Projected Job Growth: 22% (5,300+)
40. Petroleum Engineers
Basically this profession is all about scouring the earth for reservoirs containing oil or natural gas…
then invading countries and killing people for it.
Once you find those resources, you’ll have to design and develop methods of extracting them from beneath the Earth’s surface. To do that you’ll have to work with specialists like geologists to ensure the extraction is safe and environmentally friendly.
It’s not all about finding new resources though. You may also have to devise new solutions to replace old methods and systems that are currently in place.
As you can imagine this is a very technical and highly-skilled job. So you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering or another engineering field, as well as some experience.
And since you’re dealing with black gold, a high six-figure salary will definitely make you want to pursue this career.
Median Salary: $132,280
Projected Job Growth: 15% (5,000+)
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The Bottom Line About Fast-Growing Careers
Now that you’ve got a list of careers in demand for the future, you can use it to narrow your research. By doing that you’ll be able to select the best career that suits you.
Please don’t assume that you’ll walk right into a high-paying job without experience. At the end of the day, it’s the company that will decide what they’re willing to pay you.
While the careers listed above may account for over 2 million jobs in the future, remember that they are only projections. They don’t take into account external factors like the economy, government, war, and so on.
However, you don’t need projections to tell you that careers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine will always be in demand. They’re also some of the few jobs that are hard for companies to layoff people or replace with cheap labour.
Anyhow, this list should help you with your career decisions or figuring out what to study at university.
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