25. Computer software and systems software engineers
Projected increase in 2016: 28.2 percent
Number employed in 2006: 350,000
Median pay in 2006: $87,250
Education/training: A bachelor's degree and experience with a variety of software and systems are a must. However, engineers are expected to continue to educate themselves in the latest technology.
Job outlook: This occupation will grow as the demand for computer networking skills, particularly at companies, increases. The need for new Internet applications, system safety, and upgrading are a few of the specific needs this job handles.
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