10. Athletic trainers
Projected increase in 2018:37.0 percent
Number employed in 2008: 16,000
Median pay in 2008: $39,640
Education/training: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for almost all jobs as an athletic trainer. In 2009, 47 states required athletic trainers to be licensed or registered.
Job outlook: Job prospects should be good for athletic trainers in the healthcare industry and in high schools. Those looking for a position with a professional or college sports team may face competition.