Job growth
Rank Job title Best Jobs rank Median salary 10-year growth
1 Biomedical Engineer 10 $76,000 72%
2 Telecommunications Network Engineer 21 $87,000 53%
3 Physician Assistant 2 $92,000 39%
4 Software Architect 1 $119,000 34%
5 Environmental Engineer 5 $81,000 31%
6 Physical Therapist 4 $75,000 30%
7 Employment Recruiter 58 $60,000 28%
8 Environmental Health & Safety Specialist 22 $71,000 28%
9 Occupational Therapist 19 $72,000 26%
10 Construction Estimator 54 $68,000 25%
11 Optometrist 56 $108,000 30%
12 Project Engineer 41 $100,000 24%
13 Civil Engineer 6 $80,000 24%
14 Structural Engineer 47 $83,000 24%
15 Transportation Engineer 51 $78,000 24%
16 Computer and Information Scientist 35 $115,000 24%
17 Management Consultant 3 $117,000 24%
18 Risk Management Manager 14 $107,000 24%
19 Healthcare Consultant 16 $96,000 24%
20 Business Development Analyst 45 $75,000 24%
From the November 2010 issue
Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
Methodology: We looked at jobs from the top 100 with the highest 10-year growth rate.
* Job growth is estimated for 2008-2018 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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