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(CBS Money Watch) - Financial gurus at Kiplinger's have combed the job lists and come up with a rundown of jobs that have potential. These are well-paid jobs that are expected to expand in the next few years. Additionally, they included stress in the evaluation criteria -- and "most of these promising professions are less stressful than average, based on such factors as time pressure and having to deal with unpleasant, angry or physically aggressive people."

If your interest has been whetted by that promise, here is Kiplinger's list of top 10 jobs. And keep in mind, you don't need to be fresh out of school to pursue a change in career. It's never too late to gain some new skills.

Brickmason. New housing starts means new jobs. Kiplinger's expects the 10-year growth for this profession at 35.5 percent. This job is physically demanding, but is lower stress in other ways. For instance, you don't often have to deal with an angry customer face to face. Salary.com says the average salary for a brickmason is $47,000.

Civil Engineer. If you like engineering, but not the prospect of working in dimly lit cubes your entire career, think about civil engineering. While there is office work involved, civil engineers are often on site at large construction projects. Kiplinger's points out that infrastructure is aging, and as such, much will need to be repaired or rebuilt. Civil engineers will be needed for all of that, and careers in the field have a 10-year growth projection of 19.7 percent.

Personal Financial Advisor. No more do you join a company at 22 and stay until retirement, when you're handed a gold watch and a pension. Americans are responsible for planning their own retirement, and as the population ages, we're more and more concerned about it. Enter the personal financial advisor. You need a bachelor's degree in a finance related field, as well as the ability to work with people to plan their financial future.

Physical Therapist. As medicine advances, the need for physical therapists (and occupational therapists) will grow. The baby boomers will need more and more rehabilitation services. Physical therapy could be a great path for someone who has an interest in medicine and health but wants to work more regular hours.

Health Specialties Professor. We need more health care providers as the population grows and ages. But, someone has to train all these health care providers. Therefore, another growing field is the professor in health care fields.

Management Consultant. In this growing field, 21.4 percent of people are self employed. If you want to be your own boss as well and help companies succeed, this is a great area to look into. Kiplinger's estimates the 10-year growth potential at over 18 percent.

Dental Hygienist. Here's another healthcare specialty that involves fewer nights on call. The demand for dentists and dental assistants is also expected to increase in the next year. Dental hygienists make good money: The Bureau of Labor statistics gives the average salary for a dental hygienist at just over $70,000 per year. Dental assistants, who require a lot less schooling, pull in an average salary of around $34,500.

Information Security Analyst. Wouldn't it be great to be the person that makes sure the Heartbleed virus doesn't affect your company's website? Kiplinger's reports that this job has a great median income of $88,590 a year.

Market Research Analyst. These people use data to figure out what customers need. It can be a pretty lucrative expertise that companies are willing to pay for in order to win clients. Advanced degrees help get you into this field, especially ones with solid statistical knowledge.


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