Special Report

Jobs With the Best Job Security

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18. Lawyers
> Unemployment rate: 0.6% (tied – 16th lowest)
> Labor force: 1,248,000
> Median annual wage: $120,910
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: +6.1%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree

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17. Respiratory therapists
> Unemployment rate: 0.6% (tied – 16th lowest)
> Labor force: 113,000
> Median annual wage: $60,280
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: +20.8%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Associate’s degree

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16. Statistical assistants
> Unemployment rate: 0.6% (tied – 16th lowest)
> Labor force: 58,000
> Median annual wage: $48,330
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: +8.0%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree

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15. Dental hygienists
> Unemployment rate: 0.5% (tied – 12th lowest)
> Labor force: 209,000
> Median annual wage: $74,820
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: +10.8%
> Typical entry level edu. required: Associate’s degree

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14. Computer operators
> Unemployment rate: 0.5% (tied – 12th lowest)
> Labor force: 72,000
> Median annual wage: $45,840
> Projected employment change 2018-2028: -24.1%
> Typical entry level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent