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.
Consider this: 25 of our U.S. presidents have been lawyers. So it almost goes without saying that working in law holds a particular draw for us Americans. There will be the need for about 74,800 more professionals with Juris Doctor degrees by the year 2022.
Network and computer systems administrators keep your emails sending and your Web pages loading, plus they lend their tech-savvy skills to managing telecommunication networks. This profession is expected to add 42,900 new positions by 2022.
If you’re considering this field, work on your patience and problem-solving skills. Event planners are adept at making both miniscule and monstrous logistical decisions for weddings, conventions, orientations and more. Our No. 53 job is one of the fastest-growing on our list. Employment should swell by 33.2 percent from 2012 to 2022, the BLS predicts.
Employment in our No. 54 job spans across many industries, but generally the job is the same: These performance auditors ensure ethics are practiced, laws are followed and regulations are met. The BLS predicts there will be 11,000 new jobs in this field by 2022.
Medical secretaries become well-versed in insurance rules, billing practices and hospital procedures. The reward for their diligence is job security, as the BLS projects 36 percent employment growth for this profession in the next decade.
Technologists use X-ray, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging equipment to assist physicians with diagnosing patients. As with other health care posts, this one will also expand – 20.8 percent by 2022.
The name might give you chills, but being a bill collector isn’t just about hounding debtors. Bill collectors also help negotiate a repayment plan and provide credit advice. The BLS projects 14.7 employment growth for this profession by 2022.
Whether working with a neglected child or someone battling a yearslong addiction, the day-in and day-out of a child and family social worker can be an emotional grind. But knowing that your counsel profoundly improved someone’s quality of life is a reward that surpasses monetary compensation. This profession should grow by about 15 percent by 2022.
Before the first hammer is swung, a cost estimator coordinates with engineers, architects and construction managers to determine the technical, mechanical and fiscal requirements of a project. These hyper-organized critical thinkers could see their workforce swell by more than 26 percent before 2022.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you know what this health care professional does, but in case you don’t: Opticians fit clients for the prescription eyewear they need to see properly. Their field is growing, with 15,800 new positions opening at a rate of 23.4 percent between 2012 and 2022.
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