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.

#61

Exterminator

(6.2 out of 10)

We should all be thankful this job made our list. It can only be a good thing there will be 12,800 new job openings for exterminators who are willing to remove roaches, rats, bedbugs (... the list disgustingly goes on) from buildings by 2022.

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#62

Insurance Agent

(6.2 out of 10)

Job prospects for agents who sell health and long-term care insurance should be particularly strong, the BLS reports, and independent sales agents will fare better than those looking to work for an insurance company. In total, there may be 45,900 new jobs created.

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#63

Financial Analyst

(6.2 out of 10)

If you’re studying finance, economics or something related, consider becoming a financial analyst. The BLS is bullish on this occupation’s growth – anticipating nearly 40,000 new jobs by 2022.

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#64

Elementary School Teacher

(6.2 out of 10)

Elementary school teachers do more than educate. They also advocate for, boost the morale of, entertain and befriend our children. Given the meaty job description, it’s no wonder we can expect 167,900 more job openings for grade school teachers by the year 2022.

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#65

Hairdresser

(6.1 out of 10)

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 also often get to make their own hours and, possibly, be their own boss. This profession rose from No. 14 to No. 11 on this year’s list of Social Services jobs, thanks to the 77,600 new positions the BLS predicts will be created in the next decade.

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#66

Dental Assistant

(6.1 out of 10)

These professionals are often the ones who help us into the dentist chair, sterilize equipment and assist during dental procedures. And their responsibilities are increasing as our population ages. There should be 74,400 new dental assistants by 2022.

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#67

Management Analyst

(6.1 out of 10)

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 game plans to solve the problems plaguing their organizations. The position is expected to grow 18.6 percent by 2022.

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#68

Home Health Aide

(6.1 out of 10)

By helping with bathing, dressing, and administering medication, home health aides allow the elderly, disabled and ill to live independent lives. The BLS predicts this profession will expand by 48.5 percent by 2022.

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#69

Patrol Officer

(6.1 out of 10)

Even if they’re writing incident reports or filing records, patrol officers’ No. 1 goal is to keep their communities safe. The BLS projects nearly 6 percent employment growth for this job in the coming decade.

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#70

Recreation and Fitness Worker

(6.0 out of 10)

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 them have flexible schedules and find the job fulfilling. Employment in this profession should swell 13.5 percent by 2022.

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