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Jobs With the Best and Worst Job Security

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12. Opticians, dispensing
> Unemployment rate: 0.5% (tied – 9th lowest)
> Labor force: 61,000
> Median annual wage: $36,250
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +15.0%
> Typical entry level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent

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11. Postal service clerks
> Unemployment rate: 0.5% (tied – 9th lowest)
> Labor force: 121,000
> Median annual wage: $58,550
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: -12.1%
> Typical entry level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent

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10. Precision instrument and equipment repairers
> Unemployment rate: 0.5% (tied – 9th lowest)
> Labor force: 65,000
> Median annual wage: $56,940
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: N/A
> Typical entry level edu. required: N/A

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9. Psychologists
> Unemployment rate: 0.5% (tied – 9th lowest)
> Labor force: 225,000
> Median annual wage: $77,030
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +13.8%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree

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8. Physicians and surgeons
> Unemployment rate: 0.4% (tied – 7th lowest)
> Labor force: 1.1 million
> Median annual wage: > $208,000
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +12.8%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree

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7. Veterinarians
> Unemployment rate: 0.4% (tied – 7th lowest)
> Labor force: 102,000
> Median annual wage: $90,420
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +18.8%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree

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6. Aerospace engineers
> Unemployment rate: 0.3% (6th lowest)
> Labor force: 147,000
> Median annual wage: $113,030
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +6.1%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree

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5. Computer network architects
> Unemployment rate: 0.1% (tied – 2nd lowest)
> Labor force: 114,000
> Median annual wage: $104,650
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +6.5%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree

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4. Court, municipal, and license clerks
> Unemployment rate: 0.1% (tied – 2nd lowest)
> Labor force: 83,000
> Median annual wage: $37,300
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +6.5%
> Typical entry level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent

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3. Optometrists
> Unemployment rate: 0.1% (tied – 2nd lowest)
> Labor force: 54,000
> Median annual wage: $110,300
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +17.9%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree

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2. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
> Unemployment rate: 0.1% (tied – 2nd lowest)
> Labor force: 56,000
> Median annual wage: $26,140
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +19.4%
> Typical entry level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent

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1. Appraisers and assessors of real estate
> Unemployment rate: <0.1% (the lowest)
> Labor force: 84,000
> Median annual wage: $54,010
> Proj. job growth 2016-2026: +14.4%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree

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