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Top 11 Best-Kept-Secret Careers For 2009

This holiday season, many Americans have new jobs on their wish lists. If Santa and his reindeer could spread cheer by dropping new benefits packages and offer letters down the chimney, we'd have some very elated believers. Unfortunately, as good as most of us have been this year, we can't hope our way into a new career, but we can do our best to create promising opportunities for ourselves.

If you're searching for a new career because your old one has gone with American economic prosperity, US News created its list of the 30 Best Careers of 2009 with you in mind. The number one requirement when evaluating the careers was job outlook, followed by average job satisfaction, difficulty of the required training, prestige, and pay. The 11 jobs US News considers the Best-Kept-Secrets also scored well on the criteria used for the Best Careers list. Find out what jobs made the special list when you


  1. Accent-reduction specialist
  2. Casting director
  3. Child life specialist
  4. Creative perfumer
  5. Health informatics specialist
  6. Orthoptist
  7. Orthotist/prosthetist
  8. Program analyst
  9. Program evaluator
  10. Prospect researcher
  11. Surgical technologist


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magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
I am a creative perfumer/natural perfumer - I can see how it would be popular with a LOT of market niches.
lauren lauren 8 years
I had no clue about one!
4peachMoney 4peachMoney 8 years
Accent reduction specialist--probably like a linguist or a speech therapist.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
melizzle, what are the requirements for an accent reduction specialist?
geenbean geenbean 8 years
Nicedriveway... child-life specialists work in the healthcare profession with the pediatric population. They help kids with short or long-term illnesses or hospitalizations with a number of things, such as play-therapy, coping with being in the hospital, etc. It sounds wacky but really from what I have seen they do a great job of basically helping kids and families cope with illness, hospitalization, medical procedures, etc. It is a great job for those who like kids and like working in healthcare setting. Mind you, I'm pulling this from my 8 week pediatric clinical course in nursing school two years ago. I work in an adult ICU so there is a lot more they do that I am not familiar with. Quite the serious answer for a not-so-serious question.
BeetsAreTheBest BeetsAreTheBest 8 years
i agree runningesq!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I'm sorry, I cannot see how Creative perfumer is in demand ...
thelorax thelorax 8 years
yay for program analysts :-)
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 8 years
wtf is a child-life specialist???
melizzle melizzle 8 years
I need to hire an accent reduction specialist...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - there's a lot there that i can't even begin to understand, but i guess if there's a demand for it - then that's something to look forward to right?
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