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.
Like a home health aide, a personal care aide helps clients bathe and dress. But they could also assist with light housekeeping, groceries and errands. The BLS predicts this occupation will grow by 48.8 percent between 2012 and 2022.
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.
If delivering packages doesn’t seem your speed (as a delivery truck driver), and shuttling numerous passengers around town (as a bus driver) seems too much, consider this job. Opportunity is abundant for taxi drivers and chauffeurs, who should see 15.5 percent employment growth from 2012 to 2022.
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 21.9 percent by 2022.
Marriage and family therapists face a tall order: play middleman between two people with a marriage on the rocks and take on the role of peacemaker. The BLS projects a 30.6 percent spike in the profession over the coming decade.
Yes, it’s the surgeon’s job to fix what’s wrong inside your body, but it’s the surgical technologist’s job to sterilize the tools the surgeon will use to do so. The BLS projects 29,300 new openings for this crucial job between 2012 and 2022.
Help Desk. Geek Squad. We’ve come up with simplistic terms for professionals whose job description is anything but simple. Computer support specialists maintain the software and hardware for a company’s IT professionals and non-IT users. Although it’s one of the lower-paying positions on our tech jobs list, it is one of the fastest growing. With an estimated 123,000 new computer support specialists by 2022, this occupation could swell by 17 percent.
Today’s administrative assistants are expected to offer support to all echelons of their organizations. Yes, they schedule meetings and maintain paper and electronic files, but they also conduct research and assist with managerial projects.
For this job, it helps to be energetic, charming and flexible. Sales representatives travel extensively, introducing and selling products to customers, plus generate excitement and build a relationship with a product’s loyal clientele. The BLS projects our No. 80 Job will experience 8.9 percent employment growth from 2012 to 2022.
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