Top 30 fastest-growing jobs by 2020
28. Mental health counselors
Projected increase in 2020: 36.3 percent
Number employed in 2010: 120,300
Median pay in 2010: $38,150
Education/training: Master's degree. Some states require public school counselors to have both counseling and teaching certificates and to have had some teaching experience.
Job outlook: Under managed care systems, insurance companies increasingly are providing for reimbursement of counselors as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists.