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Looking for a job? Check out these growing professions

Thursday - 8/11/2011, 3:53am  ET

repairing a motor (Thinkstock)
Some mid-wage fields have seen a lot of growth. (Thinkstock Photo)

Michelle Basch, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- Mid-level jobs that pay between about $28,000 and $43,000 a year have been especially tough to find in recent years.

But there are jobs available, if you know where to look.

An analysis by the National Employment Law Project finds some mid-wage fields grew in the last year, and MainStreet.com created a list of the top nine.

Each field on the list added tens of thousands of positions in the last year.

Machinists saw the biggest growth with 158,546 positions added. But, Mainstreet says, the total number of workers in this field is expected to decline 5 percent by 2018. The median hourly wage in this profession is $17.38.

Coming in at a close second are bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerk positions. In the last year, 150,269 new jobs were created in these fields. And unlike machinists, the growth is expected to continue through 2018. The median hourly wage for this type of employment is $15.61.

Other jobs on the list include preschool and kindergarten teachers, sales representatives, telecommunications line repairers and food service managers.

Also on the list, one of the most dangerous professions in America: corrections officer.

Not all of these fields are expecting long-term growth, but they do appear to be hiring and paying well now.

Here's the full list:

  1. Machinists
  2. Bookkeepers and Accounting Clerks
  3. Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
  4. Food Service Managers
  5. Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers
  6. Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
  7. Bailiffs, Correctional Officers and Jailers
  8. Sales Representatives
  9. Construction First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

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