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Top 50 jobs in America

By Kate Lorenz
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( -- Though we'd all like to be earning a hefty paycheck, the reality is we're not all investment bankers, Oscar-worthy actors or CEOs.

The truth is, we're all just regular people trying to make a living at the highest salary our skills, training and interests will allow.

We looked at high-wage, high-growth occupations as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Here are the top 50 jobs that are both growing faster than the average for total employment (13.0 percent) and have annual earnings above median of $28,770.

1. Registered nurses: $52,330

2. Postsecondary teachersexternal link: $51,800

3. General and operations managersexternal link: $77,420

4. Elementary school teachers, except special education: $43,160

5. Accountants and auditorsexternal link: $50,770

6. Business operation specialists, all others: $53,460

7. Computer software engineersexternal link, applications: $74,980

8. Maintenance and repair workersexternal link, general: $30,710

9. Carpentersexternal link: $34,900

10. Computer systems analysts: $66,460

11. Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education: $45,650

12. Computer software engineersexternal link, systems software: $79,740

13. Physicians and surgeonsexternal link: $145,600

14. Network systems and data communications analystsexternal link: $60,600

15. Automotive service technicians and mechanicsexternal link: $32,450

16. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: $33,970

17. Management analystsexternal link: $63,450

18. Computer support specialists: $40,430

19. Lawyersexternal link: $94,930

20. Network and computer systems administratorsexternal link: $58,190

21. Police and sheriff's patrol officers: $45,210

22. Middle school teachersexternal link, except special and vocational education: $43,670

23. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfittersexternal link: $41,290

24. Financial managersexternal link: $81,880

25. Computer and information systems managersexternal link: $92,570

26. Sales representatives, servicesexternal link, all other: $47,000

27. Firefightersexternal link: $38,330

28. Dental hygienists: $58,350

29. Paralegals and legal assistantsexternal link: $39,130

30. Sales managers: $84,220

31. Chief executives: $140,350

32. Self-enrichment education teachers: $30,880

33. Physical therapistsexternal link: $60,180

34. Pharmacistsexternal link: $84,900

35. Medical and health services managersexternal link: $67,430

36. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturingexternal link, technical and scientific products: $58,580

37. Employment, recruitment, and placement specialistsexternal link: $41,190

38. Property, real estate, and community association managersexternal link: $39,980

39. Child, family, and school social workersexternal link: $34,820

40. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installersexternal link: $36,260

41. Real estate sales agentsexternal link: $35,670

42. Special education teachersexternal link, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school: $43,570

43. Legal secretaries: $36,720

44. Training and development specialistsexternal link: $44,570

45. First-line supervisors/managers of housekeepingexternal link and janitorial workers: $29,510

46. Administrative services managersexternal link: $60,290

47. Public relations specialistsexternal link: $43,830

48. Radiologic technologists and techniciansexternal link: $43,350

49. Sales and related workersexternal link, all others: $31,380

50. Personal financial advisorsexternal link: $62,700

Kate Lorenz is the article and advice editor for She's an expert in job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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