5. Veterinary technologists and technicians
Projected increase in 2016: 41 percent
Number employed in 2006: 71,000
Median pay in 2006: $27,750
Education/training: There are two educational tracks available to people entering the veterinary field: a two-year associate’s degree from an accredited community college veterinary technician program, or a four-year bachelor’s degree from one of about 16 colleges in the country that offer programs.
Job outlook: Pet owners are increasingly thinking of Tabby or Spot as members of the family, creating a boom in this industry. Pet owners are becoming more affluent, and the number of pets is growing, boosting demand for specialized veterinary services.