Top 10 Jobs for the Next Decade

BestCashCow likes to stress the importance of savings and prudent fiscal management but all of that assumes a healthy income. You can't save and invest money if you don't have it. So, to take a step back we have put together a list of the top jobs for the next decade. We compiled the list by pulling data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

BestCashCow likes to stress the importance of savings and prudent fiscal management but all of that assumes a healthy income. You can't save and invest money if you don't have it. So, to take a step back we have put together a list of the top jobs for the next decade. We compiled the list by pulling data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

First, we found data from the BLS that listed the 30 jobs with the largest employment growth by 2018. Then, we matched those jobs with their 2008 salaries. Lastly, we created a ranking factor by multiplying the median salary for each position by the expected growth rate.

What you see is the chart below.

Despite passage of the healthcare reform bill, the data suggests that high schoolers and college students should consider becoming a physician or a surgeon, the #1 profession according to the data. Not only is demand for projected to grow 22% over the next ten years, but they have the highest median 2008 salary at $165,000.

Eight out of the 10 positions were in the fields of health, education, and computers and networking. The other common thread to the top 10 positions is that all but two (home health aids and medical assistants) require some type of college or post high-school degree. Both of the non-degree fields have high growth rates but relativel low salaries.

The Top 10 and the Top 30 jobs are listed below:

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Sol Nasisi
Sol Nasisi: Sol Nasisi is the co-founder and a past president of BestCashCow, an online resource for comprehensive bank rate information. In this capacity, he closely followed rate trends for all savings-related and loan products and the impact of rate fluctuations on the economy. He specifically focused on how rates impact consumers' ability to borrow and save. He also has authored a wee

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Comments

  • SteveAnderson

    March 27, 2010

    Retail and customer service reps are GROWTH FIELDS?? I can't imagine that, based on what we've got going on right now.

  • Sam Cass

    March 27, 2010

    @SteveAnderson

    It's over the next 10 years. If we have no growth in retail between now and then, we're in trouble. It's actually only showing 8% growth.

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