1. Software architect
Sector: Information tech
What they do: Like architects who design buildings, they create the blueprints for software engineers to follow — and pitch in with programming too. Plus, architects are often called on to work with customers and product managers, and they serve as a link between a company’s tech and business staffs.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, and either a master’s or considerable work experience to demonstrate your ability to design software and work collaboratively.
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10. Biomedical engineer
Sector: Scientific research
What they do: Design and develop medical devices, treatments, and procedures, from artificial hearts to drug-delivery systems. Breathtaking technological advances are intersecting with the medical needs of an aging population, creating what the U.S. government projects will become “the fastest-growing occupation in the economy.”
Requirements: An undergraduate mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering degree, coupled with some bio background, is often enough. (Or you can pick up the biology on the job.) But as more schools award biomedical engineering degrees — the number of college programs has doubled in the past decade — that credential will become a must.
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