Nurses and software developers have a bright future — here are 30 of the fastest-growing high-paying jobs in the US

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There are likely to be a lot more software developers in ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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30. Information security analysts: BLS projects an increase of 35,500 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:112,300

Projected number in 2028:147,700

Median annual wage in 2018:$98,350

29. Licensed practical and vocational nurses: BLS projects an increase of 78,100 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:728,900

Projected number in 2028:807,000

Median annual wage in 2018:$46,240

28. Computer user support specialists: BLS projects an increase of 70,900 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:671,800

Projected number in 2028:742,700

Median annual wage in 2018:$50,980

27. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters: BLS projects an increase of 68,200 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:500,300

Projected number in 2028:568,600

Median annual wage in 2018:$53,910

26. Carpenters: BLS projects an increase of 80,100 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:1,006,500

Projected number in 2028:1,086,600

Median annual wage in 2018:$46,590

25. Computer occupations, all other: BLS projects an increase of 42,200 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:412,800

Projected number in 2028:455,000

Median annual wage in 2018:$90,270

Note: This is a catchall occupational category that includes miscellaneous computer occupations that the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t classify elsewhere. Some examples of occupations in the category, according to the Labor Department’s O*NET occupational database, include web administrators, software quality assurance engineers, geographic information systems specialists, and video game designers.

24. Physician assistants: BLS projects an increase of 37,000 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:118,800

Projected number in 2028:155,700

Median annual wage in 2018:$108,610

23. Electricians: BLS projects an increase of 74,100 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:715,400

Projected number in 2028:789,500

Median annual wage in 2018:$55,190

22. Services sales representatives, all other: BLS projects an increase of 76,400 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:1,060,600

Projected number in 2028:1,137,000

Median annual wage in 2018:$54,550

Note: This is a catchall occupational category that includes miscellaneous sales occupations that the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t classify elsewhere.

21. Construction managers: BLS projects an increase of 46,200 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:471,800

Projected number in 2028:518,000

Median annual wage in 2018:$93,370

20. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers: BLS projects an increase of 99,700 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:1,958,800

Projected number in 2028:2,058,500

Median annual wage in 2018:$43,680

19. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers: BLS projects an increase of 69,100 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:662,600

Projected number in 2028:731,700

Median annual wage in 2018:$65,230

18. Systems software developers: BLS projects an increase of 42,600 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:421,300

Projected number in 2028:463,900

Median annual wage in 2018:$110,000

17. Physical therapists: BLS projects an increase of 54,200 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:247,700

Projected number in 2028:301,900

Median annual wage in 2018:$87,930

16. Computer systems analysts: BLS projects an increase of 56,000 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:633,900

Projected number in 2028:689,900

Median annual wage in 2018:$88,740

15. Business operations specialists, all other: BLS projects an increase of 71,300 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:1,135,700

Projected number in 2028:1,207,000

Median annual wage in 2018:$70,530

Note: This is a catchall occupational category that includes miscellaneous sales occupations that the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t classify elsewhere. According to the Labor Department’s O*NET occupational database, occupations in this category include energy auditors, security management specialists, and sustainability specialists.

14. Nurse practitioners: BLS projects an increase of 53,300 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:189,100

Projected number in 2028:242,400

Median annual wage in 2018:$107,030

13. Postsecondary health specialties teachers: BLS projects an increase of 59,100 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:254,800

Projected number in 2028:313,900

Median annual wage in 2018:$97,370

12. Lawyers: BLS projects an increase of 50,100 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:823,900

Projected number in 2028:874,000

Median annual wage in 2018:$120,910

11. Accountants and auditors: BLS projects an increase of 90,700 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:1,424,000

Projected number in 2028:1,514,700

Median annual wage in 2018:$70,500

10. Computer and information systems managers: BLS projects an increase of 46,800 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:414,400

Projected number in 2028:461,100

Median annual wage in 2018:$142,530

9. Physicians and surgeons, all other: BLS projects an increase of 33,700 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:433,700

Projected number in 2028:467,400

Median annual wage in 2018:$200,890

Note: This is a catchall occupational category that includes miscellaneous medical specialties that the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t classify elsewhere. Some examples of occupations in the category, according to the Labor Department’s O*NET occupational database, include pathologists, neurologists, and dermatologists.

8. Medical and health services managers: BLS projects an increase of 71,600 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:406,100

Projected number in 2028:477,600

Median annual wage in 2018:$99,730

7. Managers, all other: BLS projects an increase of 68,500 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:1,079,600

Projected number in 2028:1,148,100

Median annual wage in 2018:$107,480

Note: This is a catchall occupational category that includes miscellaneous managerial occupations that the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t classify elsewhere. Some examples of occupations in the category, according to the Labor Department’s O*NET occupational database, include compliance managers, supply chain managers, and loss prevention managers.

6. Market research analysts and marketing specialists: BLS projects an increase of 139,200 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:681,900

Projected number in 2028:821,100

Median annual wage in 2018:$63,120

5. Management analysts: BLS projects an increase of 118,300 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:876,300

Projected number in 2028:994,600

Median annual wage in 2018:$83,610

4. Financial managers: BLS projects an increase of 104,700 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:653,600

Projected number in 2028:758,300

Median annual wage in 2018:$127,990

3. General and operations managers: BLS projects an increase of 165,000 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:2,376,400

Projected number in 2028:2,541,400

Median annual wage in 2018:$100,930

2. Applications software developers: BLS projects an increase of 241,500 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:944,200

Projected number in 2028:1,185,700

Median annual wage in 2018:$103,620

1. Registered nurses: BLS projects an increase of 371,500 jobs between 2018 and 2028.


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Number in 2018:3,059,800

Projected number in 2028:3,431,300

Median annual wage in 2018:$71,730

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