5 High-Paying Jobs In Demand In 2012

STEM careers growing
STEM careers growing

By Lori Michelle Ryan

Which fields are growing and offer well-paying jobs? STEM careers - those that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics - require special skills and training and professionals are in high demand now and will be in the future.

In the new edition of his book, 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills, Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., says that STEM careers include "work that discovers, collects and analyzes information about the natural world; applies scientific research findings to problems in medicine, the life sciences, human behavior and the natural sciences; imagines and manipulates quantitative data; and applies technology to manufacturing, transportation and other economic activities."

So which STEM jobs are growing fast? Here are the top five: