Which Careers Have a Positive Outlook?


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As of 2015, some of the career fields with the best outlook include dentistry, nursing, and software development. These three career fields offer good pay, room for advancement and high rates of growth.

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As of 2013, the average dentist earns a median salary of $146,340. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or the BLS, the demand for dentists should create an additional 23,300 positions through the year 2022. Individuals interested in becoming dentists must attend dental school and complete a residency program of usually one to two years. In order to practice, dentists must obtain state-specific licenses.

The demand for nurse practitioners is constantly growing. As of 2015, the BLS predicts that an additional 37,100 positions should open up by 2022. As of 2013, the average nurse practitioner earns a median salary of $92,670. The growth rate for nurse practitioners is double the national average. This is partly due to an expected severe shortage of health care professionals over the next decade, which is caused in part by the aging baby boom generation.

Opportunities for software developers continue to grow along with the expanding technology market. As of 2015, the BLS predicts that an additional 140,000 positions should develop by 2022. Based on figures from 2013, the median salary for a software developer is $92,660.

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