The 30 best high-paying jobs of the future

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  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released job projections predicting how employment in various occupations could change between 2019 and 2029.
  • Business Insider decided to look at jobs that have large employment potential over the next decade.
  • Using employment projection and salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we found 30 high-paying jobs that are poised to enjoy healthy employment growth over the next decade.
  • Several tech and medical occupations made the top of the list.
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The novel coronavirus pandemic has had a major effect on employment in nearly every industry over the past few months. However, the future of work is still looking pretty bright for medical and tech jobs, based on data and projections from the US Labor Department.

As Americans look forward to finding their next potential job, Business Insider decided to look at high-paying jobs that have bright futures ahead of them.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections program publishes estimates for job growth across hundreds of occupations. The most recent release came out this month and compares how many people worked in each occupation in 2019 with the Bureau's projections for 2029.

We combined those job growth projections with 2019 median annual earnings for each occupation from the Bureau's Occupational Employment Statistics program, using the geometric mean of the two numbers, to find roles that are both growing and high-paying.

Since we are focused on high-paying jobs, we restricted our ranking to occupations with 2019 median earnings above the median among all occupations of $39,810.

Here are the 30 best jobs of the next decade or so:

30. Marketing managers
marketing manager

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 19,100

Median annual earnings in 2019: $136,850

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

29. Industrial engineers
engineer

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 30,000

Median annual earnings in 2019: $88,020

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

28. Computer user support specialists
computer network support specialist

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 54,800

Median annual earnings in 2019: $52,270

Typical educational requirements: Some college, no degree

27. Human resources specialists
human resources

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 46,900

Median annual earnings in 2019: $61,920

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

26. Elementary school teachers
maryland teacher

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 51,400

Median annual earnings in 2019: $59,670

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

25. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
Nurse flu shot

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 65,700

Median annual earnings in 2019: $47,480

Typical educational requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award

24. Speech-language pathologists
speech pathologist

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 40,500

Median annual earnings in 2019: $79,120

Typical educational requirements: Master's degree

23. Industrial machinery mechanics
fixing production line industrial machine

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 62,300

Median annual earnings in 2019: $53,590

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

22. Electricians
electrician

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 62,200

Median annual earnings in 2019: $56,180

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

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

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 64,200

Median annual earnings in 2019: $56,130

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

20. Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors
counselor

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 79,000

Median annual earnings in 2019: $46,240

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

19. Ophthalmologists (except pediatric) and all other physicians
plastic surgeon surgery patient

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 18,500

Median annual earnings in 2019: $206,500

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

18. Construction managers
facilities manager construction supervisor

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 40,400

Median annual earnings in 2019: $95,260

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

17. Lawyers
lawyers

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 32,300

Median annual earnings in 2019: $122,960

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

16. Information security analysts
cyber security computer analyst

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 40,900

Median annual earnings in 2019: $99,730

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

15. Physical therapists
occupational therapist

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 47,000

Median annual earnings in 2019: $89,440

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

14. Computer systems analysts
Computer Analyst Hacker Security Code

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 46,600

Median annual earnings in 2019: $90,920

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

13. Physician assistants
Physician Assistant

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 39,300

Median annual earnings in 2019: $112,260

Typical educational requirements: Master's degree

12. Accountants and auditors
accountant taxes

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 61,700

Median annual earnings in 2019: $71,550

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

11. Postsecondary health specialties teachers
lecture class college

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 52,100

Median annual earnings in 2019: $97,320

Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

10. All other project management specialists and business operations specialists
business proposal

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 79,800

Median annual earnings in 2019: $73,570

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

9. Computer and information systems managers
computer programmer

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 48,100

Median annual earnings in 2019: $146,360

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

8. Management analysts
financial analyst

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 93,800

Median annual earnings in 2019: $85,260

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

7. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
marketing

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 130,300

Median annual earnings in 2019: $63,790

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

6. Nurse practitioners
nurse

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 110,700

Median annual earnings in 2019: $109,820

Typical educational requirements: Master's degree

5. Medical and health services managers
Hospital

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 133,200

Median annual earnings in 2019: $100,980

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

4. Financial managers
wall street bankers

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 108,100

Median annual earnings in 2019: $129,890

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

3. General and operations managers
transportation manager

Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 143,800

Median annual earnings in 2019: $100,780

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

2. Registered nurses
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 221,900  

Median annual earnings in 2019: $73,300

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

1. Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers
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Projected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 316,000  

Median annual earnings in 2019: $107,510

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

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