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Bankrate's 2008 Financial Forecast
Strategies
Knowing what's coming is good. Knowing what to do about it makes it even better.
The hot jobs
Where the jobs will be


Unless you're retired, blessed with generous parents or extremely gifted in the lottery-ticket-buying department, a whole lot of your financial well-being is based on having a job.

Your chances of saving, avoiding debt and investing are all greatly enhanced when you have a good income.

Unfortunately, these are tough times. So if you think your job could be better, or could be gone, you might want to get a handle on the current market.

What kind of jobs are growing the most and what will they pay? And what kind of degree do you need to get one?

The chart below, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' "Fastest-Growing Occupations 2006-16" projections, shows the top 20 fastest-growing jobs between 2006 and 2016. There is a short description of the job as well as the median salary for that position, based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition. (Use this link to search for your own career in the A-Z Index.)

Fastest-growing jobs
Network systems and data communications analysts
Description: Design, test and evaluate network systems
Education: Bachelor's degree
Median salary: $68,220 per year
Personal and home care aides
Description: Help elderly, disabled or ill live in their own homes
Education: On the job or community college or trade school
Median salary: $8.89 per hour
Home health aides
Description: Provide housekeeping and routine personal care
Education: On the job or community college or trade school
Median salary: $9.62 per hour
Computer applications software engineers
Description: Analyze users' needs, and design, construct and maintain applications
Education: Bachelor's degree
Median salary: $83,130 per year
Veterinary technicians
Description: Perform laboratory and clinical procedures
Education: Associate's or bachelor's degree plus state license
Median salary: $13.45 per hour
Personal financial advisors
Description: Advise clients on financial plans and investment strategies
Education: Bachelor's degree
Median salary: $67,660 per year
Makeup artists, theatrical and performance
Description: Apply makeup to actors and performers
Education: On the job or community college or trade school
Median salary: $35,250 per year
Medical assistants
Description: Perform administrative and clerical work in medical office; may also perform clinical duties
Education: Associate's degree
Median salary: $27,430 per year
Veterinarians
Description: Diagnose and treat diseases and illnesses of animals, including pets and livestock
Education: First professional degree
Median salary: $75,230 per year
-- Updated: Aug. 18, 2008
 
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