26. Gaming and sports book writers and runners
Projected increase in 2016: 28 percent
Number employed in 2006: 18,000
Median pay in 2006: $20,850
Education/training: Those interested in these careers must have at least a high school diploma or an equivalent, and excellent customer service skills. Most will receive on-the-job training.
Job outlook: As more states legalize gambling, more casinos will be built. Gaming operations depend on workers to assist with bingo and keno games and take bets on sporting events.
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• Job openings in New England in the gaming industry
(Globe Staff Photo/Bill Greene)