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7 Fastest Growing Jobs with High Pay and Salaries

Rapidly Expanding Careers of the Future Requiring Higher Education

While the American economy has recently eliminated million of jobs for the non-college educated in construction and manufacturing, jobs continue to be created for the college educated. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than a million new jobs will be created by 2018, most of which require college. Of the ten fastest growing occupations, seven will demand higher education. What are these jobs, how much do they pay, and what kind of training do they require?

Here are 7 of the fastest growing jobs with high pay:

1. Bio-Medical Engineer: Growth: 72 percent or 12,000 new jobs by 2018; Salary: $82,550 mean; Training: Masters degree or Ph.D.

2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst: Growth: 53 percent or 156,000 new jobs by 2018; Salary: $76,560 mean; Training: BS, Masters, or Ph.D.

3. Financial Examiner: Growth: 41 percent or 11,000 new jobs by 2018; Salary: $71,000 mean; Training: BA or Masters in accounting or finance focused on investigating the transactions of organizations to ensure compliance with the law.

4. Medical Scientist: Growth: 40 percent or 44,000 new jobs by 2018; Salary: $84,760 mean; Training: Ph.D. or joint Ph.D. and M.D.

5. Physician Assistant: Growth: 39 percent or 29,000 new jobs by 2018; Salary: $85,000 mean; Training: A Masters in Health Science.

6. Biochemist and Biophysicist: Growth: 37 percent or 9,000 new jobs by 2018; Salary: $88,550 mean; Training: Ph.D.

7. Athletic Trainer: Growth: 37 percent or 6,000 new jobs by 2018; Salary: $41, 340 mean; Training: In 47 states a license and BS in athletic training is a minimum requirement. Close to 70 percent of practitioners hold a Masters. Not to be confused with personal trainers, athletic trainers work under a doctor’s supervision and are schooled in sports medicine to prevent and treat muscular/skeletal injuries.

Planning for college is a down-payment on your future. The jobs will be there, but you must be trained for them. Keep in mind that the two fastest growing non-college occupations, home health and personal aides, will only pay a poverty level wage for families of around $20,000. Give yourself a head start on a promising future with a test and college preparatory service like Top Test Prep.

David Dickson is a college counselor at Top Test Prep which offers tutoring and test preparation with admissions experts who help you gain admission to your top schools. To learn more about Top Test Prep’s programs, call (800) 501-Prep.

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