America's Top 50 Jobs

We looked at high-wage, high-growth occupations as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook. Here are the top 50 jobs that are both growing faster than the average for total employment (13.0 percent) and have annual earnings above median of $28,770.

Though we'd all like to be earning a hefty paycheck, the reality is we're not all investment bankers, Oscar-worthy actors or CEOs. The truth is, we're all just regular people trying to make a living at the highest salary our skills, training and interests will allow.

We looked at high-wage, high-growth occupations as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook. Here are the top 50 jobs that are both growing faster than the average for total employment (13.0 percent) and have annual earnings above median of $28,770.

1.Registered nurses: $52,330

2.Postsecondary teachers: $51,800

3.General and operations managers: $77,420

4.Elementary school teachers, except special education: $43,160

5.Accountants and auditors: $50,770

6.Business operation specialists, all other: $53,460

7.Computer software engineers, applications: $74,980

8.Maintenance and repair workers, general: $30,710

9.Carpenters: $34,900

10.Computer systems analysts: $66,460

11.Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education: $45,650

12.Computer software engineers, systems software: $79,740

13.Physicians and surgeons: $145,600

14.Network systems and data communications analysts: $60,600

15.Automotive service technicians and mechanics: $32,450

16.Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: $33,970

17.Management analysts: $63,450

18.Computer support specialists: $40,430

19.Lawyers: $94,930

20.Network and computer systems administrators: $58,190

21.Police and sheriff's patrol officers: $45,210

22.Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education: $43,670

23.Plumbers, pipe fitters and steamfitters: $41,290

24.Financial managers: $81,880

25.Computer and information systems managers: $92,570

26.Sales representatives, services, all other: $47,000

27.Firefighters: $38,330

28.Dental hygienists: $58,350

29.Paralegals and legal assistants: $39,130

30.Sales managers: $84,220

31.Chief executives: $140,350

32.Self-enrichment education teachers: $30,880

33.Physical therapists: $60,180

34.Pharmacists: $84,900

35.Medical and health services managers: $67,430

36.Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products: $58,580

37.Employment, recruitment and placement specialists: $41,190

38.Property, real estate and community association managers: $39,980

39.Child, family and school social workers: $34,820

40.Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers: $36,260

41.Real estate sales agents: $35,670

42.Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school: $43,570

43.Legal secretaries: $36,720

44.Training and development specialists: $44,570

45.First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers: $29,510

46.Administrative services managers: $60,290

47.Public relations specialists: $43,830

48.Radiologic technologists and technicians: $43,350

49.Sales and related workers, all other: $31,380

50.Personal financial advisors: $62,700



Copyright 2006 Careerbuilder.com.

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