17. Forensic science technicians
Projected increase in 2016: 30.7 percent
Number employed in 2006: 13,000
Median pay in 2006: $48,150
Education/training: A bachelor's degree is required to work in the field. Hands-on experience in a lab and legal knowledge are great assets.
Job outlook: New positions at state and county crime labs will sprout up as emphasis is placed on using forensic science to solve and prevent crimes.
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