The job market in the U.S. is looking good. The unemployment rate has dropped below the 5% mark for the first time since 2008 and is expected to continue trending downward. But not every profession is booming.
To help you find the right job for your future, we made it our job to identify which careers are the most promising. Starting with a list of 784 popular occupations, we narrowed the choices to 10 by focusing on fields that have been adding to their ranks over the past decade and that are projected to continue expanding well into the next decade.
Pay, of course, was another important consideration for our rankings. All of the jobs on our list have annual salaries that are well above—and in many cases more than double—that of the average occupation. We also favored jobs that don’t necessarily require a huge investment in education to get started. While two of our top jobs do require advanced degrees, you can break into the other eight positions with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Take a look at 10 of the best jobs for the future.
Unless otherwise noted, all employment data was provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), a labor market research firm owned by CareerBuilder. EMSI collects data from more than 90 federal, state and private sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The total number of jobs listed for each occupation is for 2015. Ten-year job growth figures, both historical and projected, represent the percentage change in the total number of jobs in an occupation between the start of the period and the end of the period. Annual earnings were calculated by multiplying median hourly earnings by 2,080, the standard number of hours worked in a year by a full-time employee.