20. Derrick operators, oil and gas
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Projected job growth: 25.7 percent
Median pay (2016): $48,130
Education required: None
Renewable energy might be the talk of the town, but don’t count fossil fuels out yet. We’ll be using oil and gas for years to come, and derrick operators who run equipment for extraction are expected to be in demand. While not the most glamorous work, the pay is decent, and no special degree or advanced education is required either.