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The 30 best high-paying jobs of the future
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The future of work is looking pretty bright, at least for nurses and software developers.
Plenty of medical and tech jobs are likely to keep growing in the next several years, and pay handsomely as well.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections program publishes estimates for job growth across hundreds of occupations. The most recent release compares how many people worked in each occupation in 2016 with the Bureau's projections for 2026.
We combined those job growth projections with 2017 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.

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Since we are focused on high-paying jobs, we restricted our ranking to occupations with 2017 median earnings above the median among all occupations of $37,690.
Here are the 30 best jobs of the next decade or so:



30. Family and general practitioners
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Family doctor Alex Krist listens to Jane Duncan's heartbeat during her office visit in late 2015 in Alexandria, VA. Krist is part of the volunteer doctor panel, the US Preventive Services Task force, that makes recommendations about preventive health services. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 19,200
Median annual earnings in 2017: $198,740
Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

29. Dentists
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Mikhail Olykainen/Shutterstock
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 25,700
Median annual earnings in 2017: $151,440
Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

28. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
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caifas/Shutterstock
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 75,200
Median annual earnings in 2017: $52,590
Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

27. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 88,900
Median annual earnings in 2017: $45,030
Typical educational requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award

26. Construction managers
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Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 44,800
Median annual earnings in 2017: $91,370
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

25. Physician assistants
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Joe Raedle / Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 39,600
Median annual earnings in 2017: $104,860
Typical educational requirements: Master's degree

24. Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
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Chris Hondros/Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 76,400
Median annual earnings in 2017: $56,970
Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

23. Secondary school teachers
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Flickr/US Department of Education
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 76,800
Median annual earnings in 2017: $59,170
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

22. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
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Mel Evans/AP
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 108,400
Median annual earnings in 2017: $42,480
Typical educational requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award

21. Computer systems analysts
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UC Davis/flickr
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 54,400
Median annual earnings in 2017: $88,270
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

20. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
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This is not the oil rig worker who said he saw the missing plane. AP/Wong Maye-E
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 75,800
Median annual earnings in 2017: $64,070
Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

19. Services sales representatives, all other
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Shutterstock
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 94,900
Median annual earnings in 2017: $52,510
Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

18. Systems software developers
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Adam Berry/Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 47,100
Median annual earnings in 2017: $107,600
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

17. Physical therapists
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Ben Sklar/Getty images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 67,100
Median annual earnings in 2017: $86,850
Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

16. Nurse practitioners
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David McNew/Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 56,100
Median annual earnings in 2017: $103,880
Typical educational requirements: Master's degree

15. Postsecondary health specialties teachers
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Rogelio V. Solis/AP
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 60,600
Median annual earnings in 2017: $97,870
Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

14. Elementary school teachers
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Flickr / US Department of Education
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 104,100
Median annual earnings in 2017: $57,160
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

13. Computer and information systems managers
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Wikimedia Commons/Rick Naystatt
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 44,200
Median annual earnings in 2017: $139,220
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

12. Business operations specialists, all other
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Shutterstock.com/Monkey Business Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 90,300
Median annual earnings in 2017: $70,010
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

11. Medical and health services managers
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A patient is taken to the operating theatre in the recently opened Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 7, 2011 in Birmingham, England. Getty Images/Christopher Furlong
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 72,100
Median annual earnings in 2017: $98,350
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

10. Lawyers
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Minerva Studio/Shutterstock
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 65,000
Median annual earnings in 2017: $119,250
Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree

9. Managers, all other
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John Phillips / Stringer / Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 79,500
Median annual earnings in 2017: $105,610
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

8. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
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Glassdoor
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 138,300
Median annual earnings in 2017: $63,230
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

7. Physicians and surgeons, all other
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Africa Studio/Shutterstock
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 42,300
Median annual earnings in 2017: At least $208,000*
Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
*The Bureau of Labor Statistics top-codes median earnings data and does not give specific figures for estimates above $208,000.

6. Management analysts
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create jobs 51/Shutterstock
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 115,200
Median annual earnings in 2017: $82,450
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

5. Accountants and auditors
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Justin Sullivan / Staff / Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 139,900
Median annual earnings in 2017: $69,350
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

4. Financial managers
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Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 108,600
Median annual earnings in 2017: $125,080
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

3. General and operations managers
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University of Exeter/Flickr
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 205,200
Median annual earnings in 2017: $100,410
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

2. Applications software developers
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Stephen Lam/Getty Images
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 255,400
Median annual earnings in 2017: $101,790
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree

1. Registered nurses
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Registered nurse Kara Salonga, pictured at nursing station at the West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S., September 6, 2017. Reuters/Mike Wood
Projected new positions between 2016 and 2026: 438,100
Median annual earnings in 2017: $70,000
Typical educational requirements: Bachelor's degree
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