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250 Best-Paying Jobs

The 100 Best-Paying Jobs with the Most Openings


Of the 250 jobs that met our criteria for this book, this list shows the 100 jobs that are projected to have the largest number of job openings per year. They are ordered by the number of openings, so look to the top of the list for the occupations that will have the most job openings. Occupations that have equal figures for job openings are ordered alphabetically, but note that in some cases the figures are equal because two closely related occupations share the figure. We indicate all such occupations here in a footnote and list them one atop the other. If you are interested in job 99 or 100, you may also want to consider three related jobs-Program Directors, Talent Directors, and Technical Directors/Managers-that share economic data with 99 and 100 but had to be kept off this list to keep the number to 100.

Jobs with many openings present several advantages. Because there are many openings, these jobs can be easier to obtain. If part-time work is your goal, the odds of achieving that work arrangement are better when there are more openings. Although some occupations with many openings have low pay, all the jobs listed below met the criteria for this book and therefore have average earnings of at least $46,300.

It is interesting to note that high technology does not play a large role among most of the top 20 jobs on this list. Therefore it is not really true that nowadays you must master hightech skills to be employable. In fact, most of these jobs have so many openings precisely because they require hands-on work and workers cannot be replaced by technology. Most of these jobs also require on-site work, sometimes in-person work, and therefore cannot be outsourced to overseas workers.

The 100 Best-Paying Jobs with the Most Openings
JobAnnual EarningsPercent GrowthAnnual Openings
1. Teachers, Postsecondary$55,10032.2%329,000
2. Registered Nurses$54,67029.4%229,000
3. General and Operations Managers$81,48017.0%208,000
4. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$47,38012.9%169,000
5. Accountants$52,21022.4%157,000
6. Auditors$52,21022.4%157,000
7. Management Analysts$66,38020.1%82,000
8. Financial Managers, Branch or Department$86,28014.8%63,000
9. Treasurers, Controllers, and Chief Financial Officers$86,28014.8%63,000
10. First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors- Construction Trades Workers$51,97010.9%57,000
11. First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors- Extractive Workers$51,97010.9%57,000
12. Computer Systems Analysts$68,30031.4%56,000
13. Computer Software Engineers, Applications$77,09048.4%54,000
14. Sales Representatives, Agricultural$60,76014.4%47,000
15. Sales Representatives, Chemical and Pharmaceutical$60,76014.4%47,000
16. Sales Representatives, Electrical/Electronic$60,76014.4%47,000
17. Sales Representatives, Instruments$60,76014.4%47,000
18. Sales Representatives, Mechanical Equipment and Supplies$60,76014.4%47,000
19. Sales Representatives, Medical$60,76014.4%47,000
20. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts$61,75054.6%43,000
21. Anesthesiologistsmore than $145,60024.0%41,000
22. Family and General Practitioners$140,40024.0%41,000
23. Internists, Generalmore than $145,60024.0%41,000
24. Obstetricians and Gynecologistsmore than $145,60024.0%41,000
25. Pediatricians, General$136,60024.0%41,000
26. Psychiatristsmore than $145,60024.0%41,000
27. Surgeonsmore than $145,60024.0%41,000
28. Lawyers$98,93015.0%40,000
29. Sales Managers$87,58019.7%40,000
30. Chief Executives$142,44014.9%38,000
31. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers$61,9701.9%38,000
32. Government Service Executives$142,44014.9%38,000
33. Private Sector Executives$142,44014.9%38,000
34. Loan Officers$49,4408.3%38,000
35. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software$82,12043.0%37,000
36. Sales Agents, Financial Services$67,13011.5%37,000
37. Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities$67,13011.5%37,000
38. Computer Security Specialists$59,93038.4%34,000
39. Network and Computer Systems Administrators$59,93038.4%34,000
40. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$51,98012.4%33,000
41. Medical and Health Services Managers$69,70022.8%33,000
42. Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors$46,44014.8%32,000
43. Computer Programmers$63,4202.0%28,000
44. Construction Managers$72,26010.4%28,000
45. Financial Analysts$63,86017.3%28,000
46. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$75,40010.4%27,000
47. Administrative Services Managers$64,02016.9%25,000
48. Computer and Information Systems Managers$96,52025.9%25,000
49. Marketing Managers$92,68020.8%23,000
50. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators$47,53015.3%22,000
51. Central Office and PBX Installers and Repairers$50,620-4.9%21,000
52. Communication Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$50,620-4.9%21,000
53. Frame Wirers, Central Office$50,620-4.9%21,000
54. Station Installers and Repairers, Telephone$50,620-4.9%21,000
55. Telecommunications Facility Examiners$50,620-4.9%21,000
56. Agricultural Crop Farm Managers$51,1604.0%20,000
57. Fish Hatchery Managers$51,1604.0%20,000
58. Nursery and Greenhouse Managers$51,1604.0%20,000
59. Market Research Analysts$57,30019.6%20,000
60. Civil Engineers$66,19016.5%19,000
61. Postal Service Mail Carriers$46,3300.0%19,000
62. Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products$49,0308.1%19,000
63. Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians$48,0409.8%18,000
64. Electrical Engineering Technicians$48,0409.8%18,000
65. Electronics Engineering Technicians$48,0409.8%18,000
66. Education Administrators, Postsecondary$70,35021.3%18,000
67. Coroners$49,36011.6%17,000
68. Environmental Compliance Inspectors$49,36011.6%17,000
69. Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers$49,36011.6%17,000
70. Government Property Inspectors and Investigators$49,36011.6%17,000
71. Licensing Examiners and Inspectors$49,36011.6%17,000
72. Pressure Vessel Inspectors$49,36011.6%17,000
73. Dental Hygienists$60,89043.3%17,000
74. Personal Financial Advisors$63,50025.9%17,000
75. Social and Community Service Managers$49,50025.5%17,000
76. Pharmacists$89,82024.6%16,000
77. Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists$48,87020.4%15,000
78. Cost Estimators$52,02018.2%15,000
79. Engineering Managers$100,76013.0%15,000
80. Instructional Coordinators$50,43027.5%15,000
81. Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$61,73034.1%15,000
82. Storage and Distribution Managers$69,12012.7%15,000
83. Transportation Managers$69,12012.7%15,000
84. Caption Writers$46,42017.7%14,000
85. Copy Writers$46,42017.7%14,000
86. Creative Writers$46,42017.7%14,000
87. Poets and Lyricists$46,42017.7%14,000
88. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$47,71020.5%14,000
89. Multi-Media Artists and Animators$50,29014.1%14,000
90. Industrial Engineers$66,67016.0%13,000
91. Industrial Production Managers$75,5800.8%13,000
92. Insurance Underwriters$51,2708.0%13,000
93. Physical Therapists$63,08036.7%13,000
94. Electrical Engineers$73,51011.8%12,000
95. Real Estate Brokers$57,1907.8%12,000
96. Aircraft Body and Bonded Structure Repairers$47,31013.4%11,000
97. Aircraft Engine Specialists$47,31013.4%11,000
98. Airframe-and-Power-Plant Mechanics$47,31013.4%11,000
99. Directors-Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio$53,86016.6%11,000
100. Producers$53,86016.6%11,000

Jobs 5 and 6 share 157,000 job openings. Jobs 10 and 11 share 57,000 job openings. Jobs 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 share 47,000 job openings. Jobs 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27 share 41,000 job openings. Jobs 30, 32, and 33 share 38,000 job openings. Jobs 36 and 37 share 37,000 job openings. Jobs 38 and 39 share 34,000 job openings. Jobs 51, 52, 53, 54, and 55 share 21,000 job openings. Jobs 56, 57, and 58 share 20,000 job openings. Jobs 63, 64, and 65 share 18,000 job openings. Jobs 68, 69, 70, 71, and 72 share 17,000 job openings with each other and with another job not included in this list. Jobs 82 and 83 share 15,000 job openings. Jobs 84, 85, 86, and 87 share 14,000 job openings. Jobs 96, 97, and 98 share 11,000 job openings. Jobs 99 and 100 share 11,000 with each other and with three other jobs not included in this list.

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