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Ten Best Jobs for the 21st Century
It can be difficult for young adults to decide on a career path--especially with the current weak labor market and no signs of recovery in the near future. But here are 10 jobs that have strong pay, growth and openings.

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Not sure what career to pursue? Here is a list of the best jobs for pay, growth, openings for the 21st Century, according to Laurence Shatkin, author of Best Jobs for the 21st Century 

Computer Science

1. Software Developers, Applications

Annual earnings: $87,790

Percent growth: 34

Annual openings: 21,840

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2. Physicians and Surgeons

Annual earnings: $165,279

Percent growth: 21.8

Annual openings: 26,050

9. Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers

3. Software Developers, Systems Software

Annual earnings: $94,180

Percent growth: 30.4

Annual openings: 15,340

8. Management Analysts

4. Management Analysts

Annual earnings: $78,160

Percent growth: 23.9

Annual openings: 30,650

2. Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators

5. Computer Systems Analysts

Annual earnings: $77,740

Percent growth: 20.3

Annual openings: 22,280

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6. Registered Nurses

Annual earnings: $64,690

Percent growth: 22.2

Annual openings: 103,900

Civil Engineering

7. Civil Engineers

Annual earnings: $77,560

Percent growth: 24.3

Annual openings: 11,460

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8. Medical Scientists (except Epidemiologists)

Annual earnings: $76,700

Percent growth: 40.4

Annual openings: 6,620

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9. Physical Therapists

Annual earnings: $76,310

Percent growth: 30.3

Annual openings: 7,860

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10. Dental Hygienists

Annual earnings: $68,250

Percent growth: 36.1

Annual openings: 9,840

Ten Best Jobs for the 21st Century

It can be difficult for young adults to decide on a career path--especially with the current weak labor market and no signs of recovery in the near future. But here are 10 jobs that have strong pay, growth and openings.

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