8 hot jobs to snag in 2012
8 hot jobs to snag in 2012

Job: Biomedical engineer.
Average annual salary: $84,780.

For years, engineering has been a stable, high-paying occupation. That has led many people into the profession, but more still are needed. In a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va., almost 90 percent of companies said it’s difficult to find enough engineers. The field is vast, from civil engineers working on bridge designs to petroleum engineers toiling on an oil rig.

Roy Cohen, an executive coach in New York, says “all things green are in demand.” That’s helped to boost jobs for environmental engineers.

To be sure, the entire profession is rock-solid, but ecology and life sciences are particularly hot for engineers. Pharmaceutical firms and biotech startups have triggered demand for biomedical engineers. Their ranks are projected to expand by 72 percent by 2018, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.