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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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6. Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist
Best Jobs rank: 4
10-year growth: 30%
Median pay: $75,000

A greater focus on strength, wellness and preventative care has moved physical therapy into the mainstream. Now these specialists work with patients of all ages and ailments to improve their standard of health.

East Hartford, Conn.-based Preferred Therapy Solutions has 170 openings for those interested in working with patients who are suffering from disease or injury. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required -- though a doctorate is recommended -- along with all of the appropriate licenses. Just as important: A love for the job.

"I'm a non clinician, when I talk with someone to screen them, I'm looking for someone who can convey how much they enjoy being a physical therapist," says employment and human resources director Linda Black.

"Someone that I hired gave me an example of the last patient she had treated and how thrilled she was that that patient was able to stand up on her own and walk down the hall and it brought tears to her eyes. It was catching, it was like maybe I should go back to school and become a PT."

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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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