15. Computer applications software engineers
Projected increase in 2018: 34.0 percent
Number employed in 2008: 515,000
Median pay in 2008:$85,430
Education/training: Those with practical experience and at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field should have the best opportunities. Employers will continue to seek computer professionals with strong programming, systems analysis, interpersonal, and business skills.
Job outlook: Demand for computer software engineers will increase as computer networking continues to grow.