The Best Paying Jobs of The Future

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10. Personal Financial Advisors
> Total new jobs (2008-2018): 62,800
> Pct. increase: 30.1%
> Median income: $64,750
> States with most jobs per capita: New York, Connecticut, Delaware

Personal financial advisors assist people with their taxes, investments, and insurance. According to the BLS, “Growing numbers of advisors will be needed to assist the millions of workers expected to retire in the next 10 years. As more members of the large baby boom generation reach their peak years of retirement savings, personal investments are expected to increase and more people will seek the help of experts.” By 2018, the number of personal financial advisors is expected to increase by more than 60,000, a 30% growth from 2008. This rate is well more than the national average of job growth of 10.1%. Because of the level of certification required, as well as the long hours and heavy traveling, advisors are paid well. The median wage for this position is $64,750.

9. Dental Hygienists
> Total new jobs (2008-2018): 62,900
> Pct. increase: 36.1%
> Median income: $68,250
> States with most jobs per capita: Michigan, Idaho, Utah

Dental hygienists work alongside of a dentists, cleaning teeth and assisting in surgeries. The position pays a median annual salary of nearly $70,000 — that’s without going to medical school. Many colleges have dental hygiene programs, most of which can be completed in less than four years. According to the BLS, “The demand for dental services will grow because of population growth, older people increasingly retaining more teeth, and a growing emphasis on preventative dental care.” In 2008, there were roughly 175,000 dental hygienists in the U.S. By 2018, that number is expected to increase to nearly 240,000, an increase of more than 36%.

8. Civil Engineers
> Total new jobs (2008-2018): 67,600
> Pct. increase: +24.1%
> Median income: $77,650
> States with most jobs per capita: Alaska, Washington, Colorado

While engineering jobs are expected to grow at roughly the national rate of 10%, the number of civil engineers is projected to grow at a rate two and a half times faster. This is because this type of engineering, which involves overseeing transportation, municipal and industrial infrastructure development, is the most closely linked with population growth. By 2018, there will be nearly 70,000 new positions in the U.S.

7. Market Research Analysts
> Total new jobs (2008-2018): 70,100
> Pct. increase: +28.1%
> Median income: $60,570
> States with most jobs per capita: District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts

Market analysts work with large companies to provide insight into demographics and target audiences. Over the next decade, these individuals are expected to be in hot demand. According to the BLS, “Market research analysts, the larger specialty, will experience much faster than average job growth because competition between companies seeking to expand their market and sales of their products will generate a growing need for marketing professionals.” By 2018, there will be more than 70,000 new such positions. The job has a median income of more than $60,000 and only requires a bachelor’s degree, although a master’s or PhD. is helpful.

6. Computer Systems Analysts
> Total new jobs (2008-2018): 108,100
> Pct. increase: +20.3%
> Median income: $77,740
> States with most jobs per capita: Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey

Computer systems analysts build and manage computer networks for companies for use in file sharing and inter-office communication. They also maintain web security within the network. This position, only 30-years-old, is expected to grow by 20%, adding nearly 110,000 jobs before the end of this decade. While an increasing number of businesses are requiring bachelor’s degrees, it is still very possible to get a job as a systems analyst with just a high school diploma and some certification. The median annual income, $77,740, is also one of the best salaries one can get without a college degree.