10 booming jobs and how to get them

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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9. Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Best Jobs rank: 19
10-year growth: 26%
Median pay: $72,000

Yes degrees, experience and certification are vital to landing a job as an occupational therapist, but when it comes to helping those that suffer from a disabling condition, compassion is paramount.

As such, Erin Wright, senior recruiter for Lakeland HealthCare, pays just as much attention to a job candidate's social cues as she does their resume. "A lot of it is their tone," she says. "The way they answer the telephone, you can hear it in their voice."

To help screen candidates, she brings them into the office to see how they interact. "We do on-site interviews where they get to meet the team and throughout those interviews we are able to see if they were engaged," says Wright. "Did they smile? Did they make eye contact?"

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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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