Careers

The 10 highest-paying in-demand jobs for young people

GRIMM -- "Good to the Bone" Episode 518 -- Pictured: Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert
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GRIMM -- "Good to the Bone" Episode 518 -- Pictured: Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert

Not only are teenagers spending a lot of time staring at screens, they're also often choosing their careers based on what they see there.

A quarter of high school students pick their future career based not on advice or personal interest, but rather on how they've seen that occupation represented on TV or in the movies, according to research released this week by Careerbuilder.

That guides their decisions about what to study as undergrads. But then, a few years down the road, roughly a third of full-time employees regret the major they chose.

With the rising cost of education and growing threat of an automated workforce, choosing a career that provides reliable opportunities and a decent paycheck is more important than ever.

According to Careerbuilder, these are the top jobs that pay strong wages, show steady growth and provide young employees with a good number of coworkers around their age (who may be better-equipped to grasp their use of work-related emojis).

And while some of these may seem less familiar, others you may even have seen on TV!

  1. Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
    2017 jobs: 68,590
    Four-year growth: 5%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $25.90
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 22%

  2. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
    2017 jobs: 35,352
    Four-year growth: 7%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $22.28
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 20%

  3. Forensic Science Technicians
    2017 jobs: 15,033
    Four-year growth: 12%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $29.04
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 18%

  4. Camera Operators, TV, Video and Motion Picture
    2017 jobs: 20,616
    Four-year growth: 7%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $27.85
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 15%

  5. Physical Therapist Assistants
    2017 jobs: 87,426
    Four-year growth: 13%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $26.59
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 15%

  6. Film and Video Editors
    2017 jobs: 30,073
    Four-year growth: 18%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $38.89
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 13%

  7. Surgical Technologists
    2017 jobs: 106,195
    Four-year growth: 7%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $31.66
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 11%

  8. Sound Engineering Technicians
    2017 jobs: 106,195
    Four-year growth: 8%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $29.87
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 11%

  9. Public Relations Specialists
    2017 jobs: 240,660
    Four-year growth: 7%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $31.66
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 9%

  10. Web Developers
    2017 jobs: 142,682
    Four-year growth: 19%
    Avg. hourly earnings: $34.09
    Percentage of workers 19–24: 8%

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