The 21 most promising jobs of the future


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When looking for one of the best jobs of the future, two considerations will be crucial: what jobs are well-paying, and what jobs will expand dramatically in the next decade?

Jobs in healthcare and tech tend to tick both boxes.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its biennial projections for job growth across hundreds of occupations between 2016 and 2026.

We took those projections and combined them with BLS estimates of the 2016 median annual earnings of those jobs — using the geometric mean of the two numbers — to come up with a ranking of the best jobs of the next decade.

To focus on good, high-paying jobs, we restricted our list to those with salaries higher than the 2016 median annual wage of $37,040.

Read on to learn about the best jobs of the future, including the typical level of education required and what people do on a daily basis, according to O*NET descriptions of the jobs.

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21. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

They plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.

Projected new positions by 2026: 68,700

Median annual earnings in 2016: $66,360

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

20. Computer systems analysts

They analyze data processing problems to develop and improve computer systems.

Projected new positions by 2026: 53,000

Median annual earnings in 2016: $87,220

Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree

19. Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, except technical and scientific products

They sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. 

Projected new positions by 2026: 81,100

Median annual earnings in 2016: $57,140

Typical educational requirements: High school diploma or equivalent

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