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Demand for biomedical engineers is projected to grow a whopping 72% between 2008 and 2018. What other careers on Money and PayScale.com's list of America's best jobs will see big opportunities, and what do hiring managers look for?

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8. Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Environmental health employees at Triumvirate Environmental handle hazardous waste and dangerous chemicals, all in a day's work.
Best Jobs rank: 22
10-year growth: 28%
Median pay: $71,000

"It's a little bit of a dirty job," says Mike Spinale, director of human resources and training at Triumvirate Environmental.

Environmental health employees at the Somerville, Mass.-based company are responsible for a vast array of compliance services, from hazardous waste disposal to lab inspections.

For those who can hack it, the position can be a starting point to a successful career in environmental health and safety.

"For our company, we're looking more at soft skills, like leadership and emotional intelligence," says Spinale. "I love when I interview someone and they have no qualms about hard work, long hours, matched with a positive attitude."

Job candidates must be willing to work their way up and pay their dues. "My biggest turn off is when someone wants to be a manager," he says.

NEXT: Occupational Therapist

Last updated October 11 2010: 7:56 AM ET
Note: We looked at jobs from the top 100 with the highest 10-year growth rate. When there were multiple job titles from the same category, we selected the job with the highest current total employment.
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