Top Paying Jobs of the Future per Business Insider

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Business Insider recently compiled the list below of the top 30 paying jobs of the future based on data from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their ranking considers projected new positions 2019 through 2029, median annual earnings and typical education requirements.

The 30 best high-paying jobs of the future

30. Industrial engineers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 30,000
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $88,950
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

29. Marketing managers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 19,100
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $142,170
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

28. Computer user support specialists

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 54,800
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $52,690
  • Typical educational requirements: Some college, no degree

27. Human resources specialists

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 46,900
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $63,490
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

26. Elementary school teachers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 51,400
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $60,940
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

25. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 65,700
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $48,820
  • Typical educational requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award

24. Speech-language pathologists

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 40,500
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $80,480
  • Typical educational requirements: Master’s degree

23. Industrial machinery mechanics

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 62,300
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $55,490
  • Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

22. Electricians

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 62,200
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $56,900
  • Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

21. Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 79,000
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $47,660
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

20. Sales representatives of services (except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel)

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 64,200
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $58,770
  • Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

19. Ophthalmologists (except pediatric) and all other physicians

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 18,500
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: At least $208,000 (exact median estimate for May 2020 is not available)
  • Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

18. Construction managers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 40,400
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $97,180
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

17. Lawyers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 32,300
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $126,930
  • Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

16. Information security analysts

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 40,900
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $103,590
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

15. Physical therapists

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 47,000
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $91,010
  • Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

14. Computer systems analysts

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 46,600
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $93,730
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

13. Physician assistants

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 39,300
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $115,390
  • Typical educational requirements: Master’s degree

12. Accountants and auditors

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 61,700
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $73,560
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

11. Postsecondary health specialties teachers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 52,100
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $99,090
  • Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

10. All other project management specialists and business operations specialists

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 79,800
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $77,420
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

9. Computer and information systems managers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 48,100
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $151,150
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

8. Management analysts

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 93,800
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $87,660
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

7. Market research analysts and marketing specialists

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 130,300
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $65,810
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

6. Nurse practitioners

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 110,700
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $111,680
  • Typical educational requirements: Master’s degree

5. Medical and health services managers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 133,200
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $104,280
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

4. Financial managers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 108,100
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $134,180
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

3. General and operations managers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 143,800
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $103,650
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

2. Registered nurses

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 221,900 
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $75,330
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

1. Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

  • Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 316,000 
  • Median annual earnings in 2020: $110,140
  • Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

Business Insider provided the above list of high-paying jobs that have bright futures ahead of them by analyzing two datasets available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website including the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections program and May 2020 median annual wages for each occupation from the Bureau’s Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program (previously called the Occupational Employment Statistics program).

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