1. DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX
Demand for bilingual math and science teachers is so high that new recruits at one school received a $7500 signing bonus last year.
Base salary: Roughly $50K
2. TWIN FALLS, ID
Nursing will become the state's top-growing field over the next eight years, thanks to Idaho's expanding population of seniors. An estimated 500 nursing positions need to be filled annually.
Average salary: $54K
3. WASHINGTON COUNTY, ME
With only 2500 veterinarians graduating nationwide each year, rural farm areas are particularly desperate for animal docs specializing in cows, goats, and sheep.
Starting salary: $61K
4. MIAMI, FL
Nationwide, nuclear-power-plant operators are in strong demand. E.g., Turkey Point, just 20 or so miles outside Miami, expects to hire 25 people each year for the next five years.
Base salary: $60K
5. ORANGE COUNTY, CA
The state's hospitals, doctor's offices, and courtrooms are in dire need of qualified interpreters to handle the nearly 200 different languages spoken by Golden State residents.
Average salary: $69K
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