4. Aerospace engineers
Unemployment rate, 2014: 0.3% Median annual pay, 2012: $103,720 Employment change, 2012-2022: 7.3%
Aerospace engineers were frequently paid six-figure salaries in 2012. Because many of those employed in this occupation work on national defense projects, prospective employees are also often heavily screened and require security clearances.
Most aerospace workers do not work for the government, however. Aerospace products and parts manufacturing employed 38% of workers, more than any other sector. While