#9, Technology theorist
The job: Be the smartest monkey in the room; messiah complex required
Where the jobs are by state: Virginia; Maryland; Washington
Adjusted median annual salary: $100,984
Expected employment growth, 2006-2016: 22%
Technology theorist: Our fancy term for computer research scientist. (Kind of gives the job a sort of James Bond evil scientist feel, right?) Technology theorists, more than most in the tech world, will design the computer systems of the future, and will define the relevance of other jobs in the field. Education requirements range from an associate’s to a doctorate degree, so get studying.