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Difficulty to get into these careers: Hard

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these careers.
Example: an accountant must complete 4 years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Employees in these careers usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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213 Hard Jobs To Get Into

 Career nameAvg salaryJob growth %Degree req
Petroleum Engineers$147,52025.5Bachelors
Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers$138,7206.7Bachelors
Marketing Managers$137,40012.7Bachelors
Water Resource Specialists$136,4505.7Bachelors
Clinical Research Coordinators$136,4505.7Bachelors
Computer and Information Systems Managers$136,28015.3Bachelors
Airline Pilots, Copilots and Flight Engineers$131,760-6.6Bachelors
Branch or Department Financial Managers$130,2308.9Bachelors
Sales Managers$126,0408.3Bachelors
Compensation and Benefits Managers$118,6703Bachelors
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$115,40012.9Bachelors
Advertising and Promotions Managers$114,7006.9Bachelors
Human Resources Managers$114,14013.2Bachelors
Purchasing Managers$111,8102Bachelors
Training and Development Managers$111,03011.2Bachelors
Computer Hardware Engineers$110,6507.4Bachelors
Regulatory Affairs Managers$110,2105.9Bachelors
Security Managers$110,2105.9Bachelors
Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site Managers$110,2105.9Bachelors
Supply Chain Managers$110,2105.9Bachelors
Loss Prevention Managers$110,2105.9Bachelors
Compliance Managers$110,2105.9Bachelors
Actuaries$110,09026Bachelors
Personal Financial Advisors$108,09027Bachelors
Aerospace Engineers$107,7007.3Bachelors
Systems Software Software Developers$106,05020.4Bachelors
Geoscientists$105,39015.8Bachelors
Sales Engineers$104,6608.9Bachelors
Nuclear Engineers$104,6309.3Bachelors
Chemical Engineers$103,5904.5Bachelors
Securities and Commodities Sales Agents$103,26011.2Bachelors
Biomass Power Plant Managers$101,640-2.4Bachelors
Quality Control Systems Managers$101,640-2.4Bachelors
Industrial Production Managers$101,640-2.4Bachelors
Mining and Geological Engineers and Mining Safety Engineers$100,97012Bachelors
Computer Network Architects$100,71014.6Bachelors
Electronics Engineers$99,6603.4Bachelors
Applications Software Developers$99,53022.8Bachelors
Marine Engineers$99,16010.3Bachelors
Marine Architects$99,16010.3Bachelors
Art Directors$97,8503Bachelors
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers and Athletes$97,2209.7Bachelors
Biochemical Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Validation Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Manufacturing Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Wind Energy Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Mechatronics Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Photonics Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Robotics Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Energy Engineers$96,3503.8Bachelors
Electrical Engineers$95,7804.7Bachelors
Construction Managers$94,59016Bachelors
Transportation Managers$93,1804.9Bachelors
Storage and Distribution Managers$93,1804.9Bachelors
Logistics Managers$93,1804.9Bachelors
Financial Analysts$92,25015.5Bachelors
Biomedical Engineers$91,76026.6Bachelors
Information Security Analysts$91,60036.5Bachelors
Materials Engineers$91,1500.9Bachelors
Management Analysts$90,86018.6Bachelors
Producers$90,3002.8Bachelors
Technical Directors and Managers$90,3002.8Bachelors
Program Directors$90,3002.8Bachelors
Talent Directors$90,3002.8Bachelors
Stage, Motion Pictures, Television and Radio Directors$90,3002.8Bachelors
Atmospheric and Space Scientists$88,09010Bachelors
Informatics Nurse Specialists$87,32024.5Bachelors
Computer Systems Analysts$87,32024.5Associates
Mechanical Engineers$87,1404.5Bachelors
Automotive Engineers$87,1404.5Bachelors
Civil Engineers$87,13019.7Bachelors
Transportation Engineers$87,13019.7Bachelors
Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives$86,7509.7Bachelors
Financial Examiners$86,4606.3Bachelors
Water/Wastewater Engineers$86,34015.3Bachelors
Information Technology Project Managers$85,5203.8Bachelors
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists$85,5203.8Bachelors
Geographic Information Systems Technicians$85,5203.8Bachelors
Business Intelligence Analysts$85,5203.8Bachelors
Computer Systems Engineers and Architects$85,5203.8Bachelors
Search Marketing Strategists$85,5203.8Bachelors
Video Game Designers$85,5203.8Bachelors
Document Management Specialists$85,5203.8Bachelors
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers$85,5203.8Bachelors
Industrial Engineers$85,1104.5Bachelors
Product Safety Engineers$84,85011Bachelors
Industrial Safety and Health Engineers$84,85011Bachelors
Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers$84,85011Bachelors
Broadcast News Analysts$84,380-2.3Bachelors
Clinical Data Managers$84,01026.7Bachelors
Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers$84,010-0.8Bachelors
Computer Programmers$82,6908.3Bachelors
Database Administrators$82,28015Bachelors
Hydrologists$81,93010.4Bachelors
Intelligence Analysts$80,5402Bachelors
Architects$80,49017.3Bachelors
Transportation Planners$80,0401.9Bachelors
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$79,77011.7Bachelors
Chemists$79,1405.6Bachelors
Logisticians$76,83021.9Bachelors
Logistics Engineers$76,83021.9Bachelors
Logistics Analysts$76,83021.9Bachelors
Credit Analysts$75,97010.4Bachelors
Agricultural Engineers$75,4404.8Bachelors
Budget Analysts$73,9406Bachelors
Accountants$73,67013Bachelors
Auditors$73,67013Bachelors
Online Merchants$73,0007.4Bachelors
Security Management Specialists$73,0007.4Bachelors
Business Continuity Planners$73,0007.4Bachelors
Sustainability Specialists$73,0007.4Bachelors
Aquacultural Managers$72,570-19.3Bachelors
Farm and Ranch Managers$72,570-19.3Bachelors
Health Environmental Scientists and Specialists$72,05014.6Bachelors
Technical Writers$71,95014.8Associates
Risk Management Specialists$71,2306Bachelors
Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts$71,2306Bachelors
Freight and Cargo Inspectors$70,82011.2Bachelors
Insurance Underwriters$70,570-6Bachelors
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists$70,4706.6Bachelors
Emergency Management Directors$69,8108.3Bachelors
Landscape Architects$69,53014.3Bachelors
Multimedia Artists and Animators$69,4106.3Bachelors
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$68,70031.6Bachelors
Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers$68,0004.6Bachelors
Environmental Compliance Inspectors$68,0004.6Bachelors
Regulatory Affairs Specialists$68,0004.6Bachelors
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers$67,8703High School Diploma
Copy Writers$67,8703Bachelors
Social and Community Service Managers$67,73020.8Bachelors
Commercial and Industrial Designers$67,0304.4Bachelors
Food Scientists and Technologists$66,87010.8Bachelors
Computer Network Support Specialists$66,1406.9Bachelors
Property, Real Estate and Community Association Managers$65,88011.8Bachelors
Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives$65,8008.9Bachelors
Purchasing Agents$64,7302.9Bachelors
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists$64,57019.6Bachelors
Soil and Water Conservationists$64,4200.5Bachelors
Park Naturalists$64,4200.5Bachelors
Range Managers$64,4200.5Bachelors
Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists$64,3805.8Bachelors
Cost Estimators$64,34026.2Bachelors
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians$64,310-0.4Masters
Editors$64,140-2.4Bachelors
Public Relations Specialists$64,05012Bachelors
Insurance Sales Agents$63,73010.4Bachelors
Property and Casualty Insurance Claims Examiners$63,5003.9Bachelors
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists$63,1400.9Bachelors
Electrical Engineering Technologists$63,1400.9Bachelors
Electromechanical Engineering Technologists$63,1400.9Bachelors
Industrial Engineering Technologists$63,1400.9Bachelors
Human Resources Specialists$62,5907.9Bachelors
Mathematical Technicians$62,28012.6Bachelors
Energy Brokers$61,96015.7Bachelors
Training and Development Specialists$61,53015.5Bachelors
Secondary School Special Education Teachers$61,3504.6Bachelors
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$60,56013.8Bachelors
Cytogenetic Technologists$60,56013.8Bachelors
Buyers and Purchasing Agents of Farm Products$60,3505.9Bachelors
Geodetic Surveyors$60,31010.3Bachelors
Surveyors$60,31010.3Bachelors
Foresters$60,0706Bachelors
Middle School Special Education Teachers$59,5905.2Bachelors
Secondary School Teachers$59,3305.5Bachelors
Forensic Science Technicians$58,6105.8Bachelors
Geophysical Data Technicians$58,50015Bachelors
Real Estate Appraisers$58,0105.6Bachelors
Adapted Physical Education Specialists$57,8209.5Bachelors
Middle School Teachers$57,62012.4Bachelors
Secondary School Career/Technical Education Teachers$57,3705Bachelors
Middle School Career/Technical Education Teachers$56,9705.2Bachelors
Fundraisers$56,84017.3Bachelors
Elementary School Teachers$56,83012.3Bachelors
Midwives$56,30017Masters
Health Educators$55,26019Bachelors
Music Directors$55,2304.5Bachelors
Interior Designers$54,85012.8Bachelors
Kindergarten Teachers$53,48013Bachelors
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists$53,360-1Bachelors
Fish and Game Wardens$53,2601.2Bachelors
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors$52,8308.7Masters
Architectural Drafters$52,4800.8Bachelors
Preschool and Childcare Center Education Administrators$52,19017Bachelors
Choreographers$51,39024.3High School Diploma
Environmental Engineering Technicians$51,03018.4Bachelors
Meeting, Convention and Event Planners$50,91033.2Bachelors
Graphic Designers$50,6706.7Bachelors
Interpreters and Translators$49,32046Bachelors
Remote Sensing Technicians$47,86010Bachelors
Credit Counselors$47,60020.7Bachelors
Loan Counselors$47,60020.7Bachelors
Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers$47,540-2.5Bachelors
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists$46,390-0.8Bachelors
Child, Family and School Social Workers$46,18015Bachelors
Music Therapists$46,06013.4Bachelors
Recreational Therapists$46,06013.4Bachelors
Health Environmental Science and Protection Technicians$45,91018.8Bachelors
Reporters and Correspondents$45,800-13.8Bachelors
Religious Activities and Education Directors$44,6808.4Masters
Biological Technicians$44,61010Bachelors
Museum Technicians and Conservators$44,3207Masters
City and Regional Planning Aides$43,07015Masters
Social Science Research Assistants$43,07015Bachelors
Bioinformatics Technicians$42,9909.2Bachelors
Legislators$40,4306.4Associates
Coaches and Scouts$39,15014.8Bachelors
Community Health Workers$38,18025Bachelors
Proofreaders and Copy Markers$36,990-1.4Bachelors
Patient Representatives$33,89012.6Bachelors
Library Technicians$33,4908.4Bachelors
Social and Human Service Assistants$31,86021.8Bachelors
Tutors$29,7907.7Bachelors
Recreation Workers$25,83014.2Bachelors