If science really is your forte, think about biomedical engineering. You get to combine biology knowledge with engineering principles to solve medical and health-related problems, the median salary is about $77,000, and it's the fastest-growing occupation in the country. Traditionally, workers in the profession would first earn a bachelor's degree in an area such as mechanical or chemical engineering before going on to complete their master's in the biomedical specialty. But bachelor degree programs in the field are becoming more popular, says Elizabeth Lalime, a biomedical engineer with the healthcare devices firm Covidien.
But whether you're mapping out a new career or hunting for jobs in your current field, experts agree that knowing your community is key. Work hard to figure out what the specific employment or industry needs are in your region. "Job markets are local," says Mellow at LaGuardia Community College. "There might be national data on the number of radiologists needed in the country, but try to figure out where the jobs really are for you."