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.
There’s a lot of finesse involved in producing and distributing communication materials that uphold and promote a client’s image. The field’s elite also have a gift for gab and understand the art of the sell. Expect this occupation to grow by nearly 23 percent by 2020.
In addition to educating adolescents, middle school teachers must contend with their students’ Helter-Skelter hormones. Although job opportunities vary by region, increased enrollment in schools should translate to approximately 100,000 new teaching positions.
Massages aren’t just a luxury. There are studies that this form of therapy can alleviate pain, reduce anxiety and depression, plus lower blood pressure and the heart rate. Those trained as massage therapists can expect some growth in their profession for the next few years, as more of us rely on alternative and preventative methods for boosting our overall health.
If you have an interest in working as a paramedic, consider working as a volunteer first. Those in the know say this approach will give you a taste for the job and make you more marketable should you choose to pursue this career.
Compared to teachers in other grades, early childhood educators use more nurturing tactics and group-play to educate. New recruits should be energetic and creative, with abundant patience. A love for Play-Doh and LEGOs also helps.
Don’t we all secretly wish we could advise our peers on their personal appearance? Hairdressers get paid to do just that. Those who shampoo, cut, style, and color hair often get the chance to make their own hours and, possibly, be their own boss.
Sending the right message about a product can take it from shelf-warmer to must-have sensation in a matter of days. That’s what effective marketers do—highlight what’s fresh and relevant about a commodity to entice consumers.
Even if she’s writing incident reports or filing records, a patrol officer’s No. 1 goal is to keep her community safe. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 8.2 percent employment growth for this job in the coming years.
Counselors collaborate with teachers, social workers, and other school personnel to ensure the academic, developmental, and social needs of children and teenagers are being met. The Labor Department predicts this profession will swell by 19 percent this decade.
Today’s executive assistants might answer phones and schedule appointments, but more often they handle office-management tasks and prepare corporate reports. This occupation should swell by 12.6 percent in the next few years.