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.

#41

Financial Advisor

(6.5 out of 10)

Who doesn’t need help digging through the red tape and legalese of investments, taxes and insurance? Very few, which is why the BLS anticipates 27 percent employment growth for personal financial advisors over the next few years. This occupation ranks high thanks to low unemployment numbers and an above-average work-life balance.

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#42

Business Operations Manager

(6.5 out of 10)

Whether you think of your business operations manager as the GM, the big cheese or the boss lady, he or she is charged with making tactical and strategic decisions necessary to run a department. The best have top-notch communication skills, a knack for time management and the ability to make critical decisions smartly and quickly.

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#43

Bookkeeping, Accounting and Audit Clerk

(6.5 out of 10)

Having a penchant for organization and numbers is essential for the budding bookkeeping, accounting and audit clerk, and good opportunities for employment are expected as regulations in the financial sector constrict. Anticipate 204,600 new jobs in this industry by 2022.

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#44

Marketing Manager

(6.5 out of 10)

Sending the right message about a product can take the item from a shelf-warmer to a must-have sensation rapidly. That’s what effective marketing managers do – highlight what’s fresh and relevant about a commodity to entice consumers. Our No. 44 job ranks so well in part due to its high median salary: $119,480 in 2012.

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#45

Medical Assistant

(6.5 out of 10)

Many medical assistants maintain office files as fluidly and meticulously as they can draw blood. These health care professionals mix administrative and clinical duties in hospitals and private practices each day, where they man front desks and sterilize equipment. Their profession is expected to expand 29 percent by 2022.

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#46

Financial Manager

(6.5 out of 10)

Financial managers face a competitive market, but it’s also a growing one. This occupation, which involves overseeing the finances of organizations, should swell with 47,100 new job openings by 2022.

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#47

Medical Equipment Repairer

(6.5 out of 10)

Here’s some simple math: More patients who qualify for health coverage + more professionals to provide that care = more medical equipment breaking down. If this math equation turns out to be true, medical equipment repairers should have outstanding employment growth between 2012 and 2022. The BLS projects more than 30 percent growth and 12,800 new positions.

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#48

Clinical Social Worker

(6.5 out of 10)

Capturing a license in the trade may incorporate elements of biology and chemistry. But the key ingredient to helping patients is the ability to empathize with them. With more baby boomers needing care in the years ahead, the BLS predicts a 26.8 percent growth rate in this profession.

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#49

Nail Technician

(6.4 out of 10)

This is a job that you can feel good doing, because, come on – who isn’t happy when getting a manicure and/or pedicure? Nails Magazine reports revenues of $7.4 billion for nail services in 2012, and those who work in this profession are poised to reap the rewards of this thriving industry. There should be 13,500 new nail technician positions across the U.S. before 2022.

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#50

Middle School Teacher

(6.4 out of 10)

Middle school teachers have a tall task: Educating adolescents while contending with their helter-skelter hormones. Although job opportunities vary by region, increased enrollment in schools should translate to approximately 76,000 new teaching positions.

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