Best High Demand and High Paying Jobs to 2020

Updated on January 30, 2017
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

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Job Increases in Key Industries

From January 2014 through December 2016, occupations in Truck Driving and Registered Nursing were the highest demand jobs in the United States. This led, in turn, to the opening of additional American truck driving schools and the hiring of more truck mechanics. Further. more people became Nurse Practitioners, boosting American Healthcare quality.

Aerospace Manufacturing and Medical Manufacturing began to expand in 2013 and jumped several notches 2014 through 2016, despite some problems with launch rockets and 40-year-old Russian engines used in some American companies. Engines were replaced by American built units and, especially in Ohio, drone manufacturing and piloting increased numbers of new jobs in a nine billion dollar industry.

IT positions related to all industry sectors also increased.

American Job Growth Continues Beyond 2011

Truck Driving and Medical Manufacturing remain at the top.
Truck Driving and Medical Manufacturing remain at the top. | Source
Trucking Industry shows largest gains in jobs.
Trucking Industry shows largest gains in jobs. | Source

Employment Projections in USA and UK

Setting aside some higher-paid corporate CEOs and self-employed entrepreneurs, Physicians, Specialists, and Surgeons, all representing the Healthcare Industry will likely continue to receive the highest salaries in America through 2020. However, this is probably true only if the new national healthcare reform laws of 2010 - 2011 do not change pay scales and Usual and Customary insurance reimbursement structures in a way that reduces income for these professionals.

A portion of medical practitioners mentioned above left the practice of general medicine and specialities in the 2000s, because of increasing malpractice insurance costs. Other physicians have begun to reject new patients that 1) are self-pay [have no insurance] or 2) receive Medicare coverage. If insurance reimbursements decline in the amounts usually awarded, then we may see additional physicians leaving the practice of medicine and medical specialities.

National employment projections for America were completed for the 2008 - 2018 decade and published in the fall of 2010 to replace projections for the 2006 - 2016 decade. While national projections for 2010 - 2020 will be released likely in 2012, some states and metro areas have already established such projections. Many of these include a high proportion of healthcare professionals.

The United Kingdom already has a set of employment projections for 2020 in London. the document is called Destinations 2020 and predicts that the UK will follow London in its economic and job growth to 2020.

We will have a look at salaries of the highest paying jobs in both USA and UK among these projections mentioned above.

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Highest Paying Jobs to 2018 in the USA

According to the US Federal statistics in employment projections to 2018, the US has only seven job titles categories as Very High Wages:

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts. 53+% increase in jobs. Bachelor's degree.
  2. Computer Software Engineers, Applications. 34% increase. Bachelor's degree.
  3. Management Analysts. 24% increase. Bachelor's or Advanced and work experience.
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs). 22.2% increase. Associates degree, 3-yr RN, or 4-yr BSN.
  5. Physicians and Surgeons. 21.8% increase. Professional degree(s)
  6. Accountants and Auditors - includes Forensic Accounting. 21.7% increase. Bachelor's degree.
  7. Postsecondary (College/University/Training) Teachers with a Doctoral Degree. 15% increase.

Among the jobs listed above, the first three are involved in IT (Information Technology). Two are in Healthcare, one in Accounting, and one in Higher Education.

The two IT positions are predicted to increase at much higher rates than any of the others in the list. This is particularly true of the Network Systems occupations and Systems and Software positions appearing in Healthcare, Management Analysis, Accounting, and Education.

Aerospace Manufacturing Jobs 2016 - 2025

Aerospace manufacturing jobs are expected to increase quickly from 2017 - 2025, as space exploration and aerospace business ventures increase in numbers. Important companies for this are the following entities, many of them in the NASA Commercial Crew:

  1. Lockheed Martin
  2. UTC Aerospace Systems
  3. Northrop Grumman
  4. Pratt & Whitney
  5. Parker Hannifin Corporation
  6. Raytheon
  7. UTC Climate Controls & Security
  8. GKN Aerospace
  9. Honeywell
  10. SpaceX
  11. Aerojet Rocketdyne
  12. Planetary Resources
  13. The Aerospace Corporation
  14. Orbital ATK

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Trucking jobs are increasing. | Source

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Good Jobs In The United Kingdom

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Highest Paying Jobs in the UK to 2020

New jobs are expected to increase in London by 540,000 positions by 2020. The highest demand jobs from 2010 – 2020 are expected to be those in the following list.

Note that Professional and Management positions are expected to account for over half of these new jobs. The relevant data was analyzed by the London Development Agency at

  1. Managers and Senior Officials of Companies
  2. Professional jobs
  3. Personal Service jobs
  4. Retail Sales
  5. Customer Service Representatives and similar
  6. Entry Level positions in a number of industries

The first two categories of the set of six high demand jobs above, In management and Professions (including Business Analysts, Financial Directors, solme IT Positions, some Physicians, and others) will produce the highest salaries

Jobs Expected to Decline:

  1. Administrative jobs and Secretaries
  2. Skilled Trades
  3. Plant and Machine Operations jobs .

The London Development Agency (LDA) is instrumental in the planning and implementation of the 2012 Olympiad and Paralymics in London. This includes many facets, but notably a park project post-games and a volunteer program connected to the games that trains the unemployed in needed skills to fill new jobs.

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      asif dinani 10 months ago

      ur right i think

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      Mark Hunt 5 years ago

      Very useful hub and well written, you did a great job :-)

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      khmohsin 5 years ago

      Patty Inglish, MS

      A great hub idea represented by you. as the global business grew, The demand of the trades above mentioned also increased. But There is no doubt to say that alternative energy resources is also a big deal in this regard.

      Liked and voted up. Keep it up with the same passion

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      Fun2Video 5 years ago

      Really a great hub and i think its a guid for students to take their study on right way to get job in future.

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      Jim Loxley 5 years ago from London

      Surprising to see such big numbers in the transport sector. I wouldn't have guessed that before reading this hub. Interesting article.

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      WPintegration 5 years ago from Noida

      Thanks for very useful tips. helpful your post

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      And every year, news types of jobs and careers will add themselves to this list. Thanks for the post, Steg.

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      Spunk Nellie 5 years ago from New York, NY

      This Hub is about as helpful as it gets for an incoming college freshman. Thanks for all the great info!

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      jcales 5 years ago

      very true passion is needed. I have a burning desire to teach p/t again like I did while in College. It is very rewarding and you feel a sense of achievement. I know the pay won't be high but there is a passion.

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      growrichfast 5 years ago from india

      's really a great post keeping all things in focus , bravo

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      ruth 5 years ago

      i think it's not on what kind of job you have but on how you give value to it. you can always have the highest paying job or even the highest position but if you don't love it and value it, you'll never be satisfied. Passion & dedication are really important.

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      jcales 5 years ago

      I wish that researching alternative fuels would rise in job demand

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Writing jobs will be on hike also and Demand of good writers will increase..Wonderful hub ..Thanks

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Fascinating. I wish I had studied something more useful the first time I was in school, but I fell right into the "do what you like!" trap we present our children. It may be nice to enjoy our degree or related jobs, but it doesn't always get the bills paid. It's pretty cool to see what would have worked or what would work if I chose to do something different.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That is a very good idea to include the returning to work!

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      Melis Ann 6 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Interesting information for the college bound, but also for mothers whose children are grown and looking to go into another career. Thanks for the tips!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Whereabouts? I'm seeing a lot of jobs for IT engineers around he USA.

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      birdslover 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice hub!! I am worried about IT sector, it is declining.

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      Magicdust Staff 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Gotta love well researched hubs likek this :)Well done its a great analysis on remuneration trends

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, incredibly expensive and time-intensive. Biographies I've read of physicians' training, internships and residencies make me shudder!

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      ChrisWritesHubs 6 years ago

      It makes sense that jobs in the medical field have a high demand with our aging population. It's very expensive to get medical training but it appears to be worth the expense and effort.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Glad to create so much excitement. Go and conquer.

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      LifeStylePets 6 years ago from Florida

      This is great information. Especially for those going into or completing college!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      We would probably need to contact a medical board in the USA to find why this is true.

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      haikutwinkle 6 years ago

      I'm interested to know about the differences or similarities of Educations of Doctors in the US and UK.

      In Japan, a doctor's education takes 7 years to complete. The qualification is probably only recognizable in Japan. Unlike a medical qualification from the US or UK, it is widely accepted in many countries.

      I'm interested to know why and whether there are differences and similarities to their Education.


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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I've written only about immigration regulations, but what aspects iterest you?

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      haikutwinkle 6 years ago

      Thanks for this hub.

      I was wondering if you have written any hubpages about points of consideration when relocating to another country for work (for example, when a Japanese doctor intends to work in the US, what are some of the important considerations?)

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      xethonxq 6 years ago

      Excellent information. You did a fantastic job of putting all of this data together in an easy to read format. I found it very useful! thanks Patty!

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      MattyLeeP 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      I am sad to hear about skilled trades declining, I am an out of work electrician in Tucson. I just signed my first writing contract but I am still broke, arg! Thanks for the hub, sounds like I need to learn something new.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Well, if you keep writing, perhaps you'll strike it rich here, cclitgirl!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      Well-researched and well-done. Now...if only my brain were actually wired to do one of those occupations. Hehehehe. Voted up.

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      Pam Valentine 6 years ago from The Heartland, USA

      Your welcome, you earned it! Good research and well written. I have 3 adult kids, banking, aerospace and oil and they are doing well, waiting to see what direction my 2 high school-ers (10 years behind my adult kids) go. Hubby is in aerospace, but recently that particular sector of aerospace has been hard hit, glad to hear it will pick up soon.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Great! - Healthcare and Aerospace are gearing up to explode with jobs from 2012 - 2015 as well.

      Thanks for all the neat comments, too.

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      Pam Valentine 6 years ago from The Heartland, USA

      Fantastic hub, I will pass this on to my high school seniors!

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      E Dharsi 6 years ago

      That was an awesome article :)

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      MakeEasyCash 6 years ago from Michigan

      Very informative :)

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      Alex Murray 6 years ago

      Digital Marketing is the future. What do you know about the growing field? They talk about Digital Marketing Degree's at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Stay in touch and check back frequently for news.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Internships can be very important in learning and in providing a step up into full-time employment. Thanks, GClark.

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      GClark 6 years ago from United States

      Definitely Voted Up! Great information and well-researched subject that has obviously hit a hot button for many. We truly have become a global workplace with many able to utilize their skills to work internationally and see the world. At one time as a side business, I helped place foreign graduate students as interns in a variety of industries in the USA. It was a way for the student to combine theory with experience. Thanks again for sharing. You never disappoint. GClark

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Jobs pays less and inflation is very high but there is always demand of talent ..Thanks for the useful information

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      icountthetimes 6 years ago

      Thanks for this. I'm from the UK myself so the second part of your write-up was especially interesting to me.

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      disujaalbart 6 years ago from california


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      Sanford Rainey 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Short but Sweet! Nice.

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      Grace Whites 6 years ago from Manalapan, New Jersey, USA

      Thank you for this information.. This one is really good. Keep up your good work!

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      Carolyn Sands 6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Thanks for your hub. Great information and it is very well written

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      Greg Johnson 6 years ago from Indianapolis

      Great hub, interesting information, although it's to late for me to change fields.

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      feny 6 years ago from china

      good information,maybe I need to study more and

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      IJR112 6 years ago

      Great hub. Yeah, America needs more engineers coming out of schools to meet the demand for those jobs in the future. Fewer liberal arts majors and more science-oriented graduates would be a big help going forward.

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      You really do your research. Great article!

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      LeeGenchrist 6 years ago from Northeast

      Very interesting analysis, it will be even more interesting to see how the general state of the American Economy fares. Especially, over the next two years.

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      Matheus Andhy 6 years ago from U.S

      very usefull hubs, like it

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      jojojo 6 years ago

      well good

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I'll add links to my North Dakota oil & gas boom Hubs.

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      doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

      Good information Patty. One little known niche job market is in oil and gas drilling. Several new discoveries, some of which I write about in my Hubs, are creating thousands of high tech oilfield jobs.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      In 2011 - 2012, we are hjaving an upsurge in Skilled Trades, especially among technicians in the automotive, aeronautics and aviation, oil & gas (N. Dakota) industries, so we will see BIG changes in estimates for the 2012 - 2022 decade govt projections!

      Clericals Admins and Secretaries? Still declining many places. We'll take another look in 2012. Same with Plabnt and Machine IOperations, but that may increase as Skilled Trades increase. Thanks for commenting!!

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      shop online fast 6 years ago from Brooklyn, NY


      but, the 3 jobs that you mention are on the decline is a total shock to me

      1.Administrative jobs and Secretaries

      2.Skilled Trades

      3.Plant and Machine Operations jobs

      there are certain jobs that i thought would always be in demand: doctors, lawyers, accountants and administrative workers.

      i call administrative workers invaluable door keepers. they are the ones who organize our schedules and junks for us. how will we manage without them?

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      shahnewaz 6 years ago from Dhaka

      Very good information.Thanks

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      Eight8Consulting 6 years ago from United States

      Amazing hub, really unique set of information illustrated.

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      Crizzy Becham 6 years ago from Texas

      Informational hub! updated info about jobs, well this is really a great help for the fresh grad and also who will take up a college degree, when they see this posts you can gave them an option what to take as career in college.

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      laringo 6 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Patty your detail and layout of this Hub is loaded with good info and easy to read. I seldom comment like I should but you are number 1.

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      lois sunday 6 years ago from manila,philippines

      wow! this is a great hub!

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      kripkrip420 6 years ago from In relation to what?

      Very nice Hub! I will more than likely be moving to America sometime in the near future (after I complete my education) and it seems that the field I plan to work in will be more than happy to supply me a job! Thanks for the information! Voted up and useful.

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      cloudrider 6 years ago from Dallas, Tx

      They lied to me I got my degree in Accounting and that's supposedly in demand because people forgot how to count but no one hires you without experience... Insurance is where its at!...

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      Ratanak Ou 6 years ago

      That's great hub! I love to read from the beginning until end!

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      leshey 6 years ago from England

      Very interesting. Thanks! I'm surprised to see and expected decline in skilled trades in the U.K. though. I was always under the impression that there wasn't enough people in that area of work.

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      allaboutseo 6 years ago from United Kngdom

      awesome post i like it so i vote up and useful too.....!!!!1

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      softhard 6 years ago from Kathmandu

      Informative! Also glad to see software eg on no 2 as i m on that profession.:-)

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      Dr Rockpile 6 years ago from USA

      It's a shame I'm not the slightest bit interested in having a job in Healthcare. Looks like that is the place to be.

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      Gorochi 6 years ago from All Around the World

      Very useful hub! That said, I've had overall negative impressions of PhDs being able to get jobs after graduating. And really, unless you're totally passionate about your area, the other jobs on the list are much better financial investments.

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      Wonderful effort for unemployed persons. Great job. I vote it up.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I'm teaching a college & careers class to high school students right now and one thing to be considered is employability after college. Some professions are growing, as you have shown here, others are very difficult to find a job in.

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      suregeek 6 years ago from

      Get Ready! Another recession is approaching! 2008 was nothing compared to this!

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      Kimbelia 6 years ago from Greater Vancouver, BC

      The tech community is definitely growing. It's a lot of work though! My hubby is a systems guy and he's rarely away from his computer. He loves his job though. :)

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      Jeff Vickery 6 years ago from Somewhere, Arkansas

      Interesting information. I still can't see myself going into one of those career paths though.

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      A M Lehrer 6 years ago from Southern United States

      interesting and well written hub! Thanks for the much needed info!

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      stefegzmbu 6 years ago

      what a great hub. I agree that more companies than ever are hiring IT people

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      sakesare 6 years ago

      Great hub here. I love the arrangement that you have used in it.

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      townstate 6 years ago from Salmon Idaho

      I'm keeping up on my computer skills for sure!

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      ghiblipg 6 years ago

      too job is not in the list.

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      bjornborgboxers 6 years ago from The Netherlands

      Hmmm. Maybe it's time to go back in education and re-educate myself :)

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      peaktime 6 years ago from California

      great hub

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      Lenny Rinen 6 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      thanks, good information, it helps. cheers

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks to everyone for so many interesting comments.

      @Anatolia - Enginnering is growing in job openings in the USA in 1) healthcare database management, digital equipment, robotics, prosthetics, and other medical applications, 2)computer parts manufacturing, 3) aerospace technology manufacturing and operations, 4) defense, and some others. Best wishes!

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      Anatolia Iita 6 years ago

      so well written and informative. so where does engineering fall? in the declining category or the one in demand? and which desciplines? thanks.

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      Xinox Leugim 6 years ago from Philippines

      Am relieved to know that nurses are still one of the most sought jobs in the US and UK as my daughter is taking up nursing and hopefully to graduate next year. It's a bit alarming, that recent news in our country declares that there is a lot of unemployed nurses. Hope the demand locally and offshore will increase in the coming years.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Government expectations and employment projections can change or just be plain wrong. Thanks for the news!

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      willwriting 6 years ago from London

      Interesting to see skilled trades marked as one that will decline in the UK as they have been booming recently

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      Mico Sam 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      I fully agree with your research. IT jobs will be highest payed in USA. Thanks for sharing.

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      andrewwilliams63 6 years ago

      Wow, very's a shame that skilled work seems to be on the decline

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      SleeplessnLaJolla 6 years ago from La Jolla, Ca

      Awesome work! Thank you!

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      heresplanb 6 years ago

      Great hub lots of useful information.

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      cowtowngirl77 6 years ago

      Good hub, very informative.

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      Carolyn Moe 6 years ago

      very informative.

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      Reviewit4u 6 years ago

      I notice that Internet marketing is not listed, lol. Great hub.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Because Monsanto has a legal control on all the seeds. Chemically treated so you can't save seed from a harvest and plant it next year. Won't It is going to be WAY expensive to be a large-farm farmer.

      Heirloom seeds you can plant year-to-year are the way urban and small farmers are going.

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      AgesMGMT 6 years ago from New York

      interesting, I was just reading in Time magazine that one of the new jobs to watch is being a Farmer. Trade in your suit and tie for some boots and a trailer haha. But seriously if you think about it it makes sense, the food supply is decreasing and the population is increasing. Why wouldn't being a farmer be a great position to be in 2020.

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      Olaguma 6 years ago from Slovenia

      Great Hub... it would be interesting to watch tourism industry too.

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      gagagh 6 years ago

      It seems that people that have specific skill sets bring in higher pay checks then people that are in more generic jobs.

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      moneymake 6 years ago

      Great article, success requires a lot of planning and forethought.