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Median salary: $28,247
Top cities for hiring: Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX
From protecting malls to guarding politicians, security guards are needed wherever safety is a priority. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in securities are expected to grow 12 percent by 2022 (about the average speed for most careers). In buildings, like casinos, that are open 24 hours a day, security guards are often required to work around the clock.
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Median salary: $30,460
Top cities for hiring: Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX
Where growth is concerned, construction workers are on an unusually fast track, with a 25 percent rise in employment expected by 2022. That reflects the overall rise in construction across the country--just look at the cranes and scaffolding that are omnipresent in major cities. There are no specific educational requirements for a career in construction, and neophytes will have an opportunity to be trained on-the-job.
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Data entry clerk
Median salary: $28,470
Top cities for hiring: Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; San Antonio, TX
Data entry clerks (sometimes called keyers) update the information in computer databases. Aside from an ability to do the job with a high level of accuracy over an unbroken span of time, few specialized skills are needed to be successful in data entry. Top industries employing data entry clerks include local and state government, universities, and law offices.
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Median salary: $123,220
Top cities for hiring: Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Houston, TX
How do you generate interest in a product? That's the question asked by marketing managers, who juggle research, media planning, and more as they attempt to connect a business with its customers. Don't confuse them with their peers in advertising; unlike workers in that field, marketing professionals are more focused on the bigger picture of sales strategy, of which advertising is only one component.
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