18 Jobs to Rebuild and Modernize America

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by Selena Dehne, for JIST Publishing

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"Daunting challenges have forced us to rethink our longstanding ways of doing business and providing services," says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading occupational experts and author of the recently released book "200 Best Jobs for Renewing America."

"Now our nation is transitioning into an economy built on new assumptions and, in doing so, we are discovering great opportunities for becoming a more productive and competitive economic force in the global marketplace. These opportunities translate into job opportunities for you."

Throughout his book, Shatkin explores the six industries at the center of America's shift toward a forward-looking economy: education, infrastructure, health care, information and telecommunication technologies, green technologies and advanced manufacturing.

According to his research, using a variety of government sources, the following list outlines the best jobs in each of those six fields.

The three best jobs in education

1. Health specialties teachers, post-secondary

Average annual earnings: $80,700

Percent growth: 22.9 percent*

2. Business teachers, post-secondary

Average annual earnings: $64,900

Percent growth: 22.9 percent

3. Biological science teachers, post-secondary

Average annual earnings: $71,780

Percent growth: 22.9 percent


The three best jobs in infrastructure

4. Construction managers

Average annual earnings: $76,230

Percent growth: 15.7 percent

5. Cost estimators

Average annual earnings: $54,920

*Percent growth: 18.5 percent

6. Civil engineers

Average annual earnings: $71,710

Percent growth: 18.0 percent


The three best jobs in health care

7. Registered nurses

Average annual earnings: $60,010

Percent growth: 23.5 percent

8. Physical therapists

Average annual earnings: $69,760

Percent growth: 27.1 percent

9. Dental hygienists

Average annual earnings: $64,740

Percent growth: 30.1 percent


The three best jobs in information and telecommunication technologies

10. Computer software engineers, applications

Average annual earnings: $83,130

Percent growth: 44.6 percent

11. Computer systems analysts

Average annual earnings: $73,090

Percent growth: 29.0 percent

12. Computer software engineers, systems software

Average annual earnings: $89,070

Percent growth: 28.2 percent


The three best jobs in green technologies

13. Construction managers

Average annual earnings: $76,230

Percent growth: 15.7 percent

14. Industrial engineers

Average annual earnings: $71,430

Percent growth: 20.3 percent

15. First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

Average annual earnings: $55,950

Percent growth: 9.1 percent


The three best jobs in advanced manufacturing

16. Industrial engineers

Average annual earnings: $71,430

Percent growth: 20.3 percent

17. Logisticians

Average annual earnings: $64,250

Percent growth: 17.3 percent

18. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Average annual earnings: $32,570

Percent growth: 10.1 percent


*Percent growth between 2006 and 2016 in the number of available jobs.

Selena Dehne is a career writer for JIST Publishing who shares the latest occupational, career and job search information available with job seekers and career changers. She is also the author of JIST's Job Search and Career Blog (http://jistjobsearchandcareer.blogspot.com/).

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