These Could Be the Hottest 10 Jobs This Decade
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5. Nurse Midwives

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 5,450
Projected 10-year growth rate: 19.3 percent
Median annual pay: $98,428
Typical education required: Master’s degree

In general, nurses are in high demand these days in order to meet the needs of a growing and aging population, especially as more people become insured and seek medical services. Advanced-practice registered nurses, in particular, have more specialized training—after becoming an RN, you need a master’s, as well as board certification—and can provide services that were once reserved only for physicians. Certified nurse midwives provide women’s services, such as gynecological exams, family planning and prenatal care.

4. Information Security Analysts

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 86,563
Projected 10-year growth rate: 20.2 percent
Median annual pay: $89,572
Typical education required: Bachelor’s degree

The proliferation of cybercrime means a greater need for information security analysts, who plan and implement measures to protect organizations’ computer networks and systems across all industries. You typically need a college degree in computer science, programming or a related field to land this job.

3. Nurse Anesthetists

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 39,077
Projected 10-year growth rate: 17.7 percent
Median annual pay: $154,179
Typical education required: Master’s degree

Another kind of advanced-practice RN, nurse anesthetists provide anesthesia and pain management services to patients for surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic and obstetrical procedures. You must already have an RN license and one year of clinical experience in order to apply for an accredited nurse anesthetist program, which takes about two to three years to complete.

2. Web Developers

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 173,354
Projected 10-year growth rate: 28 percent
Median annual pay: $60,049
Typical education required: Associate’s degree

It seems like everyone has a website these days—and so the people who develop them are enjoying high demand. In order to become a web developer, you need to understand both programming and graphic design, and be skilled at keeping up with new updates in tools and computer languages throughout your career.

1. Nurse Practitioners

Total number of U.S. workers in 2016: 135,181
Projected 10-year growth rate: 28.8 percent
Median annual pay: $97,397
Typical education required: Master’s degree

Nurse practitioners can provide many of the same services as doctors, including writing prescriptions and ordering lab tests (other advanced-practice nurses may not be able to write scripts), which means they can help meet an increasing need for medical care, especially in underserved areas, such as inner cities. Like doctors, NPs typically select a specialty, like geriatric or pediatric health.

*Methodology: Rankings were calculated based on the current number of employees (10%), historical growth rate (15%), projected growth rate (25%) and median pay (50%).

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