#1. Network architect
The job: Ensure a future of zero privacy by making cellphones work everywhere
Where the jobs are by state: Virginia; Maryland
Adjusted median annual salary: $73,278
Expected employment growth, 2006-2016: 53%
Information is the new railroad, and Americans have a zombie-like appetite for virtual connectivity. Network architects are the tech version of Sherlock Holmes. If a company has a problem, or a new goal, that has to do with computers and communications, network architects find the solutions.