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The 30 best high-paying jobs of the future

September 21, 2020

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This story originally appeared on Business Insider

The 30 best high-paying jobs of the future
The 30 best high-paying jobs of the future

The new coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on employment in almost all industries in recent months. However, based on data and forecasts from the U.S. Department of Labor, the future of work for medical and engineering professions looks quite promising.

While people wait to find their next potential job, Business Insider decided to look for high-paying jobs with a bright future ahead of them.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections program published estimates of employment growth in hundreds of occupations. The most recent statement came out this month and compares the number of people who worked in each profession in 2019 with the Bureau’s projections for 2029.

We combine these job growth projections with 2019 median annual earnings for each occupation from the Bureau’s Employment Statistics program using the geometric mean of the two numbers to find roles that are growing and paying well.

Because we focus on high-paying jobs, we’re narrowing our ranking to occupations with 2019 average earnings above the median of all occupations of $ 39,810.

Here are the 30 best jobs for the next decade or so:

30. Marketing director

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 19,100
Average annual income 2019: $ 136,850
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

29. Industrial engineers

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 30,000
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 88,020
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

28. Specialists in computer user assistance

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 54,800
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 52,270
Typical educational requirements: any college, no degree

27. Human resources specialists

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 46,900
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 61,920
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

26. Elementary school teacher

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 51,400
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 59,670
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

25. Registered and Licensed Professional Nurses

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 65,700

Average annual earnings 2019: $ 47,480
Typical educational requirements: Technical title

24. Speech pathologists

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 40,500
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 79,120
Typical educational requirements: master’s degree

23. Mechanics of industrial machines

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 62,300
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 53,590
Typical educational requirements: Abitur or equal

22. Electrician

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 62,200
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 56,180
Typical educational requirements: Abitur or equal

21. Agents of services (except advertising, insurance, financial services and travel)

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 64,200
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 56,130
Typical educational requirements: Abitur or equal

20. Substance abuse, behavioral and mental health counselors

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 79 thousand
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 46,240
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

19. Ophthalmologists (except paediatricians) and all other doctors

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 18,500

Average annual earnings 2019: $ 206,500
Typical educational requirements: PhD or job title.

18. Site manager

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 40,400
Average annual income 2019: $ 95,260
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

17. Lawyers

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 32,300
Average annual income 2019: $ 122,960
Typical educational requirements: PhD or job title.

16. Information Security Analysts

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 40,900
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 99,730
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

15. Physiotherapists

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 47 thousand
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 89,440
Typical educational requirements: PhD or job title.

14. Computer systems analysts

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 46,600
Average annual income 2019: $ 90,920
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

13. Medical assistants

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 39,300

Average annual earnings 2019: $ 112,260
Typical educational requirements: master’s degree

12. Accountants and auditors

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 61,700
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 71,550
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

11. Post-secondary health specialty teacher

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 52,100
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 97,320
Typical educational requirements: PhD or job title.

10. All other project management specialists and business operations specialists

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 79,800
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 73,570
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

9. Directors of Computer and Information Systems

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 48,100
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 146,360
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

8. Management Analysts

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 93,800
Average annual income 2019: $ 85,260
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

7. Market research analysts and marketers

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 130,300

Average annual earnings 2019: $ 63,790
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

6. Nurse

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 110,700
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 109,820
Typical educational requirements: master’s degree

5. Directors of the medical and health services

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 133,200
Average annual earnings 2019: 100,980
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

4. Finance Directors

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 108.100
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 129,890
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

3. General and operations manager

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 143,800
Average annual earnings 2019: $ 100,780
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

2. Nurses

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 221,900
Average annual income 2019: $ 73,300
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

1. Software developers and analysts and testers for software quality assurance

New positions planned between 2019 and 2029: 316 thousand

Average annual earnings 2019: $ 107,510
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor degree

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