27. Environmental science and protection technicians
Projected increase in 2016: 28
Number employed in 2006: 36,000
Median pay in 2006: $40,260
Education/training: Requirements vary from employer to employer, but most working in the field have at least two years of specialized training, a two-year associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, or forensic science.
Job outlook: As the professional world takes a growing interest in environmental monitoring, management, and regulatory compliance, technicians will be needed to regulate waste, clean up contamination, and collect samples to help monitor pollution levels.