The 100 Best Jobs

The 100 Best Jobs

All jobs aren’t created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest. U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 offer a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security. Some careers offer just the right mix of these components – for instance, nearly 40 percent of our picks are health care jobs – but the list also includes strong showings from occupations in the social services and business sectors. And for the first time, our No. 1 pick is a technology job. Read more on how we rank the best jobs, and check out our complete list.

#31

School Psychologist

(6.9 out of 10)

As a school psychologist, you’ll wear a variety of hats, including counselor, administrator and researcher. Occasionally, you might even dabble in social outreach. Schools aiming to address the learning and emotional needs of students will be on the hunt for school psychologists. The BLS projects an 11.3 percent uptick in the occupation by 2022.

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#32

Respiratory Therapist

(6.8 out of 10)

Not every scrub-wearing hospital attendant is a doctor, orderly or nurse. Some are RTs, trained professionals who offer medical care and treatments to patients with heart and lung problems. The BLS forecasts about 19 percent employment growth in this career.

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#33

Epidemiologist

(6.7 out of 10)

Are you hoping to catch the “Outbreak” monkey? Consider this occupation, which should see employment swell by 13.1 percent before 2022. Epidemiologists investigate the causes of diseases and research ways to prevent them from spreading.

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#34

Maintenance and Repair Worker

(6.1 out of 10)

You might think of them as handymen, jacks-of-all-trades or Mr. – and even Ms. – Fix-Its. But those in the field refers to maintenance workers as “doctors for the home.” And the BLS predicts we’ll need more than 125,000 new ones by 2022.

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#35

Speech-Language Pathologist

(6.7 out of 10)

Sometimes called speech therapists, these professionals assess and diagnose people with disorders and challenges related to verbal communication. They often work with social workers, doctors and teachers to improve a patient’s speech.

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#36

Substance Abuse Counselor

(6.7 out of 10)

In this occupation, you can be a guiding light for individuals wanting to shelve an addictive, destructive lifestyle for one of normalcy. According to the BLS, the field will add 28,200 new positions by 2022, partly the result of a justice system increasingly turning toward treatment-oriented sentences rather than jail time.

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#37

Construction Manager

(6.7 out of 10)

This is one of the hardest jobs on a construction site. A construction manager plans, helps budget and oversees the project from start to finish. The nearly 80,000 new managers expected to enter the field this decade should pursue a bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture or engineering.

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#38

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse

(6.6 out of 10)

The nature of this work means that licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses often have the most intimate, hands-on relationships with their patients. And new qualified personnel are almost always needed. Between 2012 and 2022, the BLS predicts there will be 182,900 new job openings popping up at a rate of nearly 25 percent.

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#39

Accountant

(6.6 out of 10)

Were you the kid who always made straight A’s in math? A career full of audits, taxes and accounts receivable might await you. The BLS predicts more than 166,000 new openings will be created in this field from now to 2022.

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#40

High School Teacher

(6.6 out of 10)

Like many professionals, high school teachers encounter several challenges in their line of work. But it can be rewarding to educate and advise teenagers as they prepare for college and their careers. The BLS predicts that there will be 52,900 new high-school teaching positions to fill by 2022.

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