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7. Software Engineer
Median Salary: $88,005
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +17%
Total Employees: 42,400
Change in Employees (2009–2015): +60%
Software engineers have one of the most in-demand skills right now: the ability to code. They spend their days writing snippets of code on their computers to develop applications that millions of people could potentially use. Logically-minded individuals with a love for computer and software would fare well in this field. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering is required.