CareerBuilder, in concert with Economic Modeling Specialist International, compiled a list of 12 "hot jobs" that are defined by 7 percent or higher growth from 2010 to 2013, projections of continued growth and pay that is $22 per hour or more.
Topping the list simply because there are more opportunities than the others, is software development, which currently numbers more than 1 million jobs.
Jobs in software development have grown 11 percent since 2010 and median earnings in the field are $45.06 per hour, CareerBuilder said.
There are currently 438,095 jobs in market research analysis or marketing specialist, up 14 percent from 2010 with the median wage $29.10 per hour.
CareerBuilder also recommended jobs as training and development specialists (currently 231,898 jobs with a median pay of $27.14 per hour), financial analysts (257,159 jobs, median pay $37.34 per hour), physical therapists (207,132 jobs, $37.93 per hour) and web developers (136,921 jobs, $27.84 per hour).
The highest paid job among the 12 is petroleum engineers, who have a median pay of $63.67 per hour. Although rapidly growing -- up 21 percent since 2010 -- it is a relatively specialized job with only 40,733 positions in the field.
The third highest paid among the 12 (after software developers) are information security analysts, who earn a median wage of $41.62 per hour, although openings there are also relatively scarce with 75,995 current positions in the field.
The median pay for logisticians and database administrators are a respectable $35.08 per hour and $37.39 per hour, respectively. There are more than 100,000 jobs available in each of these fields, CareerBuilder said.
Also on the list are meeting, convention and event planners with 87,082 current jobs and a median pay of $22.56 per hour and interpreters and translators with 69,887 jobs in the field and $22.39 per hour as a median wage.