Top 50
Money and PayScale.com rate the top 50 careers with great pay and growth prospects.
Rank Job title Job growth
(10-year forecast)
1 Systems Engineer 45%
2 Physician Assistant 27%
3 College Professor 23%
4 Nurse Practitioner 23%
5 Information Technology Project Manager 16%
6 Certified Public Accountant 18%
7 Physical Therapist 27%
8 Computer/Network Security Consultant 27%
9 Intelligence Analyst 15%
10 Sales Director 10%
11 Anesthesiologist 14%
12 Software Developer 28%
13 Pharmacist 22%
14 Occupational Therapist 23%
15 Nurse Anesthetist 23%
16 Software Product Manager 28%
17 Business Analyst, IT 29%
18 Attorney/Lawyer 11%
19 Physician/General Practice 14%
20 Human Resources Manager 13%
21 Senior Financial Analyst 34%
22 Physician/Obstetrician/Gynecologist 14%
23 Clinical Psychologist 16%
24 Psychiatrist 14%
25 Veterinarian 35%
26 Marketing Manager 14%
27 Speech-Language Pathologist 11%
28 Technical Writer 20%
29 Finance Director 13%
30 Telecommunications Network Engineer 53%
31 Director of Communications 17%
32 Hotel General Manager 12%
33 Securities Trader 25%
34 Account Executive 10%
35 Education/Training Consultant 22%
36 Corporate Paralegal 22%
37 Quality Control Engineer 20%
38 Manufacturing Engineer 20%
39 Computer Software Program Manager 28%
40 Applications Systems Analyst 29%
41 Senior Internal Auditor 18%
42 Commercial Property Manager 15%
43 Creative Director 26%
44 Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative 12%
45 Associate - Investment Banking 34%
46 Training & Development Manager 16%
47 Product Marketing Manager 14%
48 Quality Assurance Manager 16%
49 Financial Research Analyst 34%
50 Outside Sales Representative 12%
From the November 2009 issue
Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Conference Board Help Wanted Online Data Series, and MONEY research
* Job growth is estimated for 2006-2016 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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