25 Most Popular Jobs Today and for the Future

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5. IT Manager

Median salary: $146,360

Projected jobs: 48,100

Education needed: Bachelor’s

Bottom line: If being part of the IT crowd pays well, it makes sense that managing the IT crowd would pay even better. You’ll probably need to work up to this job, as you need to know everything that an IT tech would.

But besides being able to fix everyone’s tech problems, you’ll also be in meetings, handle hiring, scheduling, and general management of the team and other more business-related tasks.

4. Dentist

Median salary: $155,600

Projected jobs: 3,700

Education needed: Doctorate

Bottom line: We don’t need to explain to you what a dentist does (besides terrorizing the dreams of every child). But it is good to know that they make over $150,000 a year.

Although projected jobs could be higher, the unemployment rate for dentists is 0.2 percent. You can work for a company or open up your own practice.

And even though you might not be everyone’s favorite person, you will be essential to their health.

3. Nurse Anesthetist

Median salary: $174,790

Projected jobs: 6,200

Education needed: Master’s

Bottom line: Much like physician assistants, nurse anesthetists are a step away from general anesthetists. This means that you get to do many of the same things, but don’t have as much responsibility or liability. You also don’t have to study for as long.

The pathway to this career is usually for registered nurses who get a master’s degree specializing in anesthesiology. Yes, there are some things you won’t be able to do, but you can start working much earlier.

That can be worth it.

2. Physician

Median salary: $206,500

Projected jobs: 18,500

Education needed: Doctorate

Bottom line: If being a physician assistant interests you, and you have the time and money to invest in more years of school, consider becoming a physician.

You will be able to treat your patients without limitations, and you can earn over $200,000 a year. Physicians do tend to have more student loans, but given their high salaries, they’re usually not impossible to pay off.

1. Psychiatrist

Median salary: $208,000

Projected jobs: 3,300

Education needed: Doctorate

Bottom line: In our current age, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are on the rise, particularly with younger generations. This means that there has never been as much need for psychiatrists as there is now.

You won’t only be making a great amount of money, but you’ll also be helping people manage or recover from these issues and lead a better life.

That’s worth more than any amount of money.