25. Survey researchers
Projected increase in 2018: 30.4 percent
Number employed in 2008: 23,000
Median pay in 2008: $36,220
Education/training: A bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for many market and survey research jobs. However, a master’s degree is usually required for more technical positions.
Job outlook:Survey researchers will increase much faster than average as public policy groups and all levels of governments increasingly use public opinion research to help determine a variety of issues.