The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its latest forecast for the fastest growing jobs - and predicted a drop to a 5.2% unemployment rate by 2020. Among the highest paying jobs on this list are veterinarians, biomedical engineers, medical scientists, physical therapists, audiologists, dental hygienists, and diagnostic medical sonographers - all with median annual salaries between $64k-$82k in 2010). Other fast-growing jobs also include a heavy dose of healthcare industry positions including personal care aides, home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, medical secretaries, marriage and family therapists, health educators, and mental health counselors - all with considerably lower median wages.
While we're also expecting growth in the construction industry, the bulk of those jobs have median salaries in the $20k - $30k ranges. (Cost estimators are the notable exception with median annual salaries of nearly $58k in 2010.)
The BLS also points to growing needs for event planners, interpreters and translators, and bicycle repairers - a nice addition to the mix.