23. Computer systems analysts
Projected increase in 2016: 29 percent
Number employed in 2006: 504,000
Median pay in 2006: $72,230
Education/training: Education requirements vary throughout the industry, but most employers expect at least a bachelor’s degree. Field experience is nearly as important.
Job outlook: Job growth in this sector won’t be as strong as it was during the ‘90s, but it will continue to increase as companies continually adopt new technology.