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.
A great sales team can catapult a company from obscurity to center stage. For this to happen, its leaders have to be as comfortable meeting new people as they are hiring and supervising. It’s not uncommon for sales managers to be the central faces associated with their companies.
More jobs overall means we’ll need more human resources professionals, right? HR specialists keep a workplace running smoothly by training personnel, overseeing benefits, and managing evaluations. And there will be nearly 62,000 new positions created by the year 2020.
Many of us have fond memories of buying a home. The person who helped us find that perfect domicile might resonate with us as well. Real estate agents analyze properties, meet new clients, and research housing markets with ease.
Glazing is where construction meets art. Be it tinted, stained, tempered, glass brick, float, polished plate, or another type, the glass that goes into a home, office building, storefront, or house of worship has been selected, cut, and installed by a qualified glazier. The Labor Department predicts opportunities will be best for glaziers who are trained and possibly licensed in several trades.
An art director oversees all visual representations of a product or entity, ranging from ad campaigns to magazines, TV, film, websites, video games, and live performances. In the immediate future, this field will see the most occupational growth within advertising and public relations.
Customer service reps perform a necessary (and often thankless) role in the business world: They field our basic—sometimes basest—concerns and complaints. Those interested should have plenty of patience and a knack for problem-solving.
Logisticians solve theoretical problems for manufacturing or retail businesses, sometimes proving indispensable in large-scale disaster-relief efforts. Their input can be life-saving. Logistician employment is expected to expand 25.5 percent by 2020.
This job is perfect for those who like to drive and appreciate limited supervision. Bus drivers may transport commuters and city inhabitants, drive road-trippers on a charter bus, or take children to and from school and on field trips. The Labor Department predicts 83,000 new positions for this occupation this decade.