28. Manicurists and pedicurists
Projected increase in 2016: 27.6 percent
Number employed in 2006: 78,000
Median pay in 2006: $21,280
Education/training: Most personal appearance workers need to graduate from a state-licensed cosmetology school and pass a license exam. Some state require separate licensing exams specifically for manicurists and pedicurists.
Job outlook: An increase in the number of nail salons and spas is expected to propel growth.
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