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21 High-Paying Jobs of the Future

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts major job growth in the health care industry.
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When looking for one of the best jobs of the future, two considerations will be crucial: what jobs are well-paying, and what jobs will expand dramatically in the next decade?

Jobs in healthcare and tech tend to tick both boxes.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its biennial projections for job growth across hundreds of occupations between 2016 and 2026.

We took those projections and combined them with BLS estimates of the 2016 median annual earnings of those jobs -- using the geometric mean of the two numbers -- to come up with a ranking of the best jobs of the next decade.

To focus on good, high-paying jobs, we restricted our list to those with salaries higher than the 2016 median annual wage of $37,040.

Read on to learn about the best jobs of the future, including the typical level of education required and what people do on a daily basis, according to O*NET descriptions of the jobs.

21. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

They plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.

Projected new positions by 2026: 68,700

Median annual earnings in 2016: $66,360

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

 

20. Computer systems analysts

They analyze data processing problems to develop and improve computer systems.

Projected new positions by 2026: 53,000

Median annual earnings in 2016: $87,220

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

19. Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, except technical and scientific products

They sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. 

Projected new positions by 2026: 81,100

Median annual earnings in 2016: $57,140

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

 

18. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

They transport goods from one location to another.

Projected new positions by 2026: 113,800

Median annual earnings in 2016: $41,340

Typical educational requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award

 

17. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

They directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Projected new positions by 2026: 76,300

Median annual earnings in 2016: $62,980

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

 

16. Software systems developers

They develop operating systems, compilers, and network software.

Projected new positions by 2026: 46,100 

Median annual earnings in 2016: $106,860

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

15. Physical therapists

They help patients recover from illnesses and injuries.

Projected new positions by 2026: 60,000

Median annual earnings in 2016: $85,400

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

 

14. Nurse practitioners

They treat and diagnose patients' illnesses.

Projected new positions by 2026: 56,000

Median annual earnings in 2016: $100,910

Typical educational requirements: Master's degree

 

13. Elementary school teachers, except special education

They teach young children basic skills in schools.

Projected new positions by 2026: 104,100

Median annual earnings in 2016: $55,800

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

12. Computer and information systems managers

They plan, direct, and coordinate computer systems.

Projected new positions by 2026: 43,800

Median annual earnings in 2016: $135,800

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

11. Postsecondary health specialties teachers

They teach courses in health specialties, in fields like dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Projected new positions by 2026: 60,500

Median annual earnings in 2016: $99,360

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

 

10. Medical and health services managers

They plan, direct, or coordinate health services.

Projected new positions by 2026: 69,800

Median annual earnings in 2016: $96,540

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

9. Management analysts

They conduct research and develop procedures to allow organizations to run more efficiently.

Projected new positions by 2026: 96,500

Median annual earnings in 2016: $81,330

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

8. Market research analysts and marketing specialists

They research market conditions and create marketing campaigns.

Projected new positions by 2026: 136,000

Median annual earnings in 2016: $62,560

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

7. Lawyers

They represent clients in legal situations.

Projected new positions by 2026: 74,800

Median annual earnings in 2016: $118,160

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

 

6. Accountants and auditors

They examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records.

Projected new positions by 2026: 140,300

Median annual earnings in 2016: $68,150

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

5. Specialist physicians and surgeons

They treat patients in a variety of specialized fields.

Projected new positions by 2026: 49,600

Median annual earnings in 2016: $206,920

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

 

4. Financial managers

They direct financial activities at organizations.

Projected new positions by 2026: 108,400

Median annual earnings in 2016: $121,750

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

3. General and operations managers

They plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of organizations.

Projected new positions by 2026: 205,900

Median annual earnings in 2016: $99,310

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

2. Software applications Happy programmers womendevelopers

They develop front-end user-oriented computer applications and programs.

Projected new positions by 2026: 253,400 

Median annual earnings in 2016: $100,080

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

1. Registered nurses

They assess patient health needs and care for patients

Projected new positions by 2026: 437,000

Median annual earnings in 2016: $68,450

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

 

This post originally appeared on Business Insider.

Published on: Oct 26, 2017