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Top Jobs for the Future

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All careers have ups and down. Our global economy and rapid technology changes mean you can never stop learning and growing. There are no guarantees, so the key to surviving and thriving in the career game is to pursue a career you enjoy. And then, be sure to keep your talents and skills current.

Get Flexible

No matter the job title, employers want flexible workers. That means problem-solvers with good work habits, positive attitude, communication, and teamwork skills.

Many jobs want employees to do more than one role, which means employees need skills in multiple areas or a willingness to learn.

Some jobs are literally "dream jobs" — they’ve been dreamed of and don’t even exist yet. Other jobs, like green technology and alternative energy are still in the early stages of growth.

Jobs with the Most Openings

Education and training to prepare for nearly any of these careers can be completed or started at a community or technical college. And for those that require a bachelor's degree or higher, you can first earn an associate of arts or associate of science degree and then transfer to a university or to one of the applied baccalaureate programs.

Click on job title to see which colleges have programs in this area. Earnings Key:
$ (less than $21,550)    $$ (less than $32,380)      $$$ (less than $41,450)     $$$$ (more than $52,580)
Job Title Earnings Education Level
Source: Occupations with the Most Openings, Career One Stop The latest available data are projections for 2008 to 2018.
Accountants and auditors $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Automotive service technicians and mechanics $$$ Certificate
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists $$$ Certificate or Associate degree
Chief executives $$$$ Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience 
Civil engineers $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Computer software engineers, applications $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Computer software engineers, systems software $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Computer support specialists $$$ Associate degree 
Computer systems analysts $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Construction managers $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Dental hygienists $$$$ Associate degree 
Elementary school teachers, except special education $$$ Bachelor's degree 
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics $$ Certificate
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists $$$ Bachelor's degree 
Financial managers $$$$ Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience 
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors $$ Certificate
Gaming dealers $ Certificate
General and operations managers $$$$ Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience 
Graphic designers $$$ Bachelor's degree 
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists $$ Certificate
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers $$$ Certificate
Insurance sales agents $$$ Certificate
Legal secretaries $$$ Associate degree 
Library technicians $$ Certificate
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses $$$ Certificate
Management analysts $$$$ Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience 
Market research analysts $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians $$$ Associate degree 
Medical records and health information technicians $$ Associate degree 
Network and computer systems administrators $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Network systems and data communications analysts $$$$ Bachelor's degree 
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants $$ Certificate
Paralegals and legal assistants $$$ Associate degree 
Preschool teachers, except special education $$ Certificate
Public relations specialists $$$ Bachelor's degree 
Radiologic technologists and technicians $$$$ Associate degree 
Real estate sales agents $$$ Certificate
Registered nurses $$$$ Associate degree 
Respiratory therapists $$$$ Associate degree 
Sales managers $$$$ Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience 
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education $$$ Bachelor's degree
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents $$$$ Bachelor's degree
Surgical technologists $$$ Certificate
Veterinary technologists and technicians $$ Associate degree 
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers $$$ Certificate
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