10 most reliable middle-class jobs for the next 10 years

The fastest-growing middle-class jobs for the next decade highlight the importance of college degrees, Howard Gold reports in MarketWatch.

To create his list, Gold identified jobs from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics list of the fastest-growing occupations that had at least 100,000 workers in 2016 and annual wages of $50,000 to $125,000, which meets the Pew Research Center's definition of a middle-class household income.

According to Gold, the fastest-growing middle-class jobs over the next 10 years will be:

  1. Physician assistant
  2. Nurse practitioner
  3. Software developer
  4. Information security analyst
  5. Operations research analyst
  6. Post-secondary health specialties teachers
  7. Physical therapists
  8. Respiratory therapists
  9. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
  10. Occupational therapists

Gold argues that the list highlights the importance of college education for getting a good job. As he points out, nine of the top 10 jobs require a bachelor's degree, and five require graduate degrees. Other jobs that ranked close to the top 10, such as dental hygienists and plumbers, typically require an associate degree, certification, or apprenticeship (Gold, MarketWatch, 10/25).

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