14. Dental assistants
Projected increase in 2018: 36.1 percent
Number employed in 2008: 174,000
Median pay in 2008:$32,380
Education/training: In most states, there are no formal education or training requirements to become an entry-level dental assistant.
Job outlook: There will be many opportunities for entry-level positions, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants, those who have completed a dental-assisting program, or have met state requirements to take on expanded functions within the office.