Top 100
Money and PayScale.com rate the top 100 careers with great pay and growth prospects.
Rank Job title Job growth
(10-year forecast)
1 Software Architect 34%
2 Physician Assistant 39%
3 Management Consultant 24%
4 Physical Therapist 30%
5 Environmental Engineer 31%
6 Civil Engineer 24%
7 Database Administrator 20%
8 Sales Director 15%
9 Certified Public Accountant 22%
10 Biomedical Engineer 72%
11 Actuary 21%
12 Dentist 15%
13 Nurse Anesthetist 13%
14 Risk Management Manager 24%
15 Product Management Director 12%
16 Healthcare Consultant 24%
17 Information Systems Security Engineer 23%
18 Software Engineering / Development Director 17%
19 Occupational Therapist 26%
20 Information Technology Manager 17%
21 Telecommunications Network Engineer 53%
22 Environmental Health & Safety Specialist 28%
23 Construction Project Manager 17%
24 Network Operations Project Manager 23%
25 Emergency Room Physician 22%
26 Information Technology Business Analyst 20%
27 Director of Nursing 16%
28 Information Technology Consultant 17%
29 Psychiatrist 24%
30 Test Software Development Engineer 20%
31 Information Technology Network Engineer 23%
32 Senior Sales Executive 15%
33 Information Technology Program Manager 17%
34 Primary Care Physician 22%
35 Computer and Information Scientist 24%
36 Hospital Administrator 16%
37 Programmer Analyst 20%
38 Applications Engineer 34%
39 Research & Development Manager 15%
40 Regional Sales Manager 15%
41 Project Engineer 24%
42 Training Development Director 23%
43 Human Resources Consultant 21%
44 Speech-Language Pathologist 19%
45 Business Development Analyst 24%
46 Physical Therapy Director 16%
47 Structural Engineer 24%
48 Nursing Home Director 16%
49 Systems Engineer 13%
50 Healthcare Services Program Director 13%
From the November 2010 issue
Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
* Job growth is estimated for 2008-2018 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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