Projected growth: 30 percent
Typical median annual pay: $68,700
With a job in this demanding field, you could find yourself at the helm of a variety of projects, researching, designing, testing and adapting software applications for years to come.
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Pictured, software developers use computers at the Microsoft Professional Developers conference in Los Angeles in September 2005.
(All salary data provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Salaries listed are median, annual salaries for full-time workers with five to eight years of experience and include all bonuses, commissions, or profit sharing. Job-growth data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)