9. Pharmacist
Why it's great Demand for pharmacists is exploding as the population ages and new medications are developed. By 2010 the number of prescriptions filled is expected to rise 27% to 4.1 billion.

Pharmacists also give advice on over-the-counter meds and help patients manage chronic conditions like diabetes. About 60% work in retail settings, the rest in hospitals and nursing homes and in research or sales for drug companies.

What's cool Pharmacists are in such demand that graduates today can expect multiple job offers, signing bonuses and $90K-plus salaries.

What's not Dealing with insurers and angry patients; limited advancement.

Top-paying job Pharmacists at major retail chains can earn six figures.

Education A doctor of pharmacy degree program is six years long.