9. Civil engineering
Average income: $96,405
Unemployment rate: 2.2 percent
Civil engineers may work in offices, but the nature of their work often requires them to get outside, too, monitoring projects at construction sites or other locations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes.
Civil engineers play a crucial role in building and maintaining the nation’s infrastructure, including dams, bridges and airports. As our infrastructure ages, more civil engineers will be needed.
Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow by 11 percent, and just 36 percent of those who studied civil engineering got advanced degrees.