Top 100
CNNMoney and PayScale.com rate the top 100 careers with big growth prospects and great pay.
Rank  ▾ Job title Job growth
(10-year forecast)
1 Biomedical Engineer 61.7%
2 Marketing Consultant 41.2%
3 Software Architect 24.6%
4 Clinical Research Associate 36.4%
5 Database Administrator 30.6%
6 Financial Adviser 32.1%
7 Market Research Analyst 41.2%
8 Physical Therapist 39.0%
9 Software Developer 24.6%
10 Occupational Therapist 33.5%
11 Management Consultant 21.9%
12 Optometrist 33.1%
13 Information Technology Consultant 22.1%
14 IT Network Engineer 27.8%
15 IT Security Consultant 27.8%
16 Physician Assistant 29.5%
17 Construction Estimator 36.4%
18 Personal Trainer 24.0%
19 Employee/Human Resources Trainer 28.3%
20 Environmental Engineer 21.9%
21 Systems Administrator 27.8%
22 Business Development Associate 41.2%
23 Systems Developer 24.6%
24 Programmer Analyst 22.1%
25 Actuary 26.7%
26 Meeting/Convention Planner 43.7%
27 Dentist 21.1%
28 IT Business Analyst 22.1%
29 Speech-Language Pathologist 23.4%
30 Civil Engineer 19.4%
31 IT Training Specialist 28.3%
32 Petroleum Engineer 17.0%
33 Business Analyst, Finance/Banking 23.0%
34 Applications Engineer 24.6%
35 Compliance Officer 27.0%
36 Certified Financial Planner 32.1%
37 Veterinarian 35.9%
38 Instructional Designer (Training & Development) 28.3%
39 Pricing Analyst 41.2%
40 Financial Analyst 23.0%
41 Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) 19.0%
42 Marriage/Family Therapist 41.2%
43 User Experience Designer 22.1%
44 Public Relations Specialist 22.5%
45 Technical Writer 17.2%
46 Registered Nurse 26.0%
47 Family Physician 24.4%
48 Clinical Laboratory Scientist 36.4%
49 Home Care Nurse 70.5%
50 Contract Administrator 19.7%
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