Ten Careers That Are in Demand and Have Big Paychecks
Do what you love, and the money will follow. This may be true, but it helps if what you
love coincides with a high-demand career path.
The hottest careers in the United States today draw on a broad spectrum of skills and
interests. Whether you're into numbers, people, nature, sports, or computers, there's a
way to parlay your natural abilities into a lucrative career.
Ten Pathways to a Better Salary
The following ten careers are in demand - and they have big paychecks to prove it.
They are among the highest-paying jobs on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of the
fastest-growing careers through 2014. With the right training, you could upgrade into
these jobs and start earning what you're worth.
If you're interested in HEALTH:
Physician Assistant - $69,250
Physician assistants perform many of the same functions as a doctor: They examine
patients, diagnose illness, and even prescribe medication. Although doctors must supervise
treatment, physician assistants enjoy a good deal of autonomy and more face time with patients.
Your career as a physician assistant begins with a bachelor's degree and a 2-year
physician assistant training program.
• Ranks fourth in the BLS Top 30 Fastest-Growing jobs, with 49.6% job growth expected through 2014.
Physical Therapist - $61,560
Physical therapists guide patients on the road to recovery from illness or injury.
They have a profound effect on the people they work with, helping them improve mobility,
relieve pain, and even overcome disabilities.
Physical therapists must complete a master's-level Physical Therapy program and pass a licensure exam.
• Helps injured and ill patients improve their independence and quality of life.
• An active and interactive job.
Registered Nurse - $63,170
The shortage of registered nurses means unprecedented opportunities and rising salaries.
Registered nurses are on the frontlines of medical care, examining and treating patients.
Prospective nurses have several options: a two-year associate's degree, a three-year
applied nursing diploma, or the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). All
culminate in a national licensing exam.
• People skills and compassion are crucial for this rewarding career.
• This job ranks second for projected job growth through 2014.