There were 628,800 electricians in the country in 2014, and they had a median annual wage of $51,880, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau is projecting that 85,900 new positions for electricians will be created by 2024 — a 13.7 percent increase and more than twice the projected 6.5 percent growth in total employment.
There are also still opportunities in manufacturing, as well, although the decades-long decline in the manufacturing sector will likely continue. The jobs are changing in nature, with more automation and the need for workers capable of operating computer equipment.
"Manufacturing is still on the decline, but workers are retraining on new technologies," Lehman said.
The oil-and-gas industry, despite the recent volatility in the price of oil, will be a source of many new high-paying jobs in the future.