Special Report

The Best Jobs in America

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20. Web Developer
> Median annual wages: $67,990
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 15.0%
> Total employment: 125,890

With every aspect of life becoming more and more integrated with the internet, a well created and designed website is crucial for a growing number of companies or public-facing organizations — and that is the job of web developers. The number of working web developers is projected to grow 15% by 2026, making the profession one of the more secure jobs in America. Beyond job security, web developers have one of the most desirable working environments, as their career does not require and physical exertion and does not put them in dangerous situations.

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19. Application Software Developer
> Median annual wages: $101,790
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 30.7%
> Total employment: 849,230

Application software developers, who create apps on cell phones and other devices, are projected to be some of the most in-demand workers in the coming years. The BLS projects there will be a 30.7% increase in the number of application software developers by 2026, more than four times the average job growth rate. Because of the exploding demand for these developers, the job is one of the highest paid professions in the U.S. workforce. Most of these workers earn six figures salaries.

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18. Physical Therapist
> Median annual wages: $86,850
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 28.0%
> Total employment: 225,420

As the baby boomer generation ages, there will be increased demand for physical therapy, which can help in rehabilitation and healing of conditions caused by injuries and certain illnesses. The number of physical therapists in America’s workforce is projected to increase at a pace four times faster than that of the average job by 2026. At least in part because of the advanced educational attainment needed to become a licensed physical therapist, these workers are generally well compensated. The median annual wage for a PT is $86,850, more than double the median of the typical American job.

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17. Optometrist
> Median annual wages: $110,300
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 17.9%
> Total employment: 37,240

With an aging population, optometry is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in America in the coming years, growing more than twice as quickly as the average job, if BLS projections are accurate. Those considering a career in health care may be inclined to focus on optometry because of the relatively high pay and low stress associated with it.

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16. Radiation Therapist
> Median annual wages: $80,570
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 12.8%
> Total employment: 17,250

Radiation therapists, those who treat cancer and other diseases via radiation, have one of the best work environments of any profession. The field is safe, not physically demanding, and relatively low stress. As radiation technology continues to develop and advance, radiation therapists are projected to be in high demand in the coming years.

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