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10 of the Best Jobs for the Future

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Today's labor market may be getting increasingly competitive, but certain fields offer job hunters more favorable odds. We put ourselves to work analyzing employment data to identify ten high-paying, rapidly expanding occupations that are projected to add thousands of new positions annually for years to come. To ensure opportunities for workers with various education levels, the requirements to get started in these jobs range from a high school diploma to a doctoral degree.

As a bonus, most of these promising professions are less stressful than average, based on such factors as time pressure and having to deal with unpleasant, angry or physically aggressive people. So they're more likely to lead you to a career that’s as pleasant as it is lucrative.

Data on number of workers, employment projections, education requirements and income come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment-growth projections cover the ten-year period between 2012 and 2022. Salary ranges reflect annual pay for workers from the 25th to the 75th percentiles, which weeds out the lowest and highest earners. Job stress is based on BLS data analyzed by career expert Laurence Shatkin. Overall stress scores range from 0 (no stress) to 100 (most stress).

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