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Why work around the clock to build an a company in a declining industry when you could have a much easier ride in one that's booming? Or, to paraphrase the great investor Warren Buffett, if you put a brilliant manager with a business with lousy economics, it's the business that tends to keep its reputation. That's why many savvy entrepreneurs make sure the wind is at their backs before taking the plunge.
To help you build -- or keep -- a reputation for brilliance, Inc scoured the data produced by research companies, consulting firms, and even the U.S. Census Bureau to find the best business opportunities for startups. The result: our exclusive list of 11 industries that are ripe for starting or growing a business in 2012.