1. Biomedical engineers
Projected increase in 2018: 72.0 percent
Number employed in 2008: 16,000
Median pay in 2008: $77,400
Education/training: A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.
Job outlook: The aging of the population and a growing focus on health issues will drive demand for better medical devices and equipment designed by biomedical engineers.