TOP TRENDING CAREERS OF 2016

Times are changing, get in on the hottest new trending career paths of this year. If you are looking to enter a field with great growth potential and security, consider one of the following options. Below are the top five most in-demand positions in the country ranked by growth rate and salary. The salaries listed are the national median annual total cash compensation (annual salary or wage, plus bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions).

1. Physician Assistant
Openings nationally: 45,500
Average base salary: $111,000
Promotes and maintains health by providing medical services under the supervision of a physician.

2. Software Engineer
Openings nationally: 104,800
Average base salary: $98,100
Develops information systems by designing, developing, and installing software solutions.

3. Business Development Manager
Openings nationally: 12,000
Average base salary: $94,900
Builds market position by locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing business relationships.

4. Finance Manager
Openings nationally: 9,700
Average base salary: $123,000
Analyzes financial status by collecting, monitoring, and studying data; recommending actions.

5. Database Administrator
Openings nationally: 9,800
Average base salary: $97,800
Maintains database by identifying and solving database requirements; supporting users.