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10 Best Jobs of the Future: 2017

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The U.S. labor market is looking robust these days, though not all professions are thriving.

Kiplinger has taken a deep look at 785 popular occupations, and produced a list of the 10 most promising ones in fields that currently pay well and are projected to burgeon over the coming decade.

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“Overall, our rankings emphasize how advancing technology and the aging population are the two major themes driving today’s and tomorrow’s job market,” Stacy Rapacon, online editor at, told ThinkAdvisor.

“If you are tech savvy, you should have plenty of opportunities to find work. And if you are able to provide a service to the huge baby boomer generation, you should have little problem finding a chance to do so.”

To arrive at its list of top job opportunities, Kiplinger used data provided by labor market research firm Economic Modeling Specialists International, which collects data from some 90 federal, state and private sources. Kiplinger then assigned weighted scores to each data point and added them up.

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The total number of jobs listed for each occupation pertains to 2016. Projected 10-year job growth figures represent the percentage change in the total number of jobs in an occupation between 2016 and 2026. Annual earnings were calculated by multiplying median hourly earnings by 2,080, the standard number of hours worked in a year by a full-time employee.

“Our rankings are meant to showcase the statistics about these jobs,” Rapacon said. “It’s really important to consider these numbers when you’re planning your career, just so you know what to expect.”

The top jobs on Kiplinger’s list have projected growth rates between 19% and 32%, versus 9% for all jobs. Median annual salaries range from the

low $60,000s to the high $90,000s, compared with $43,233 for all jobs.

Four of the jobs require advanced degrees, but a person can find work in other areas with a bachelor’s or associate degree.

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