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 2013 are the occupations that 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, our top tier is filled with tech and healthcare jobs—but the list also includes strong showings from occupations in the social services and business sectors. Even construction jobs enter the fray this year. Read more on how we rank the best jobs, and check out our full list.
Having a penchant for organization and numbers is essential for the budding bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerk, and employment opportunity is expected to be good as regulations in the financial sector constrict. Look forward to 259,000 new jobs in this industry by the decade’s end.
The daily work of a financial manager reaches beyond a calculator. He or she is sometimes out in full view at workplaces, overseeing the progress of large teams of employees, and translating complicated financial concepts into decipherable layman's terms. This profession is expected to grow at a 9 percent clip in the next decade.
The duties for recreation and fitness workers vary; you could lead a spinning class or run a summer camp, for example. But almost all of these workers have flexible schedules and their job satisfaction is high.
Your car, home, and health all require insurance coverage, and the market for selling commercial insurance to businesses and other organizations is in full bloom. Insurance agents are often extroverts with a positive attitude and excellent communications skills.
Stamina and a sense of humor come in handy for budding elementary school teachers. In addition to providing scholastic instruction, you’ll have to formulate lesson plans, manage the expectations of both principals and parents, and find a way to make learning fun for your kids.
The responsibilities of dental assistants have increased as our population ages and more baby boomers seek all-around medical care. These professionals are often the ones who help us into the dentist chair, sterilize equipment, and assist during dental procedures. There should be 91,600 new dental assistants by 2020.
A business is only as effective as the people who keep it running. Management analysts understand this and pass their days collecting and deciphering data or recommending specific game plans to solve the problems plaguing their organizations. The position is expected to grow 21.9 percent by 2020.
Many of the patients you'll see as a home health aide are bedridden, disabled, elderly, or terminally ill, so your duties could include bathing and giving medication, but also serving as a morale booster and listening ear. The Labor Department predicts this profession will expand by nearly 70 percent by the year 2020.
Pharmacy techs work side by side with pharmacists, counting tablets, packaging meds, and processing insurance claims. This fast-growing occupation should grow by about 108,000 new positions.
The construction manager has one of the hardest jobs on a construction site. He or she plans, helps budget, and oversees the project from start to finish. The nearly 90,000 new managers entering the field this decade should pursue a bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture, or engineering.