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.
In hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes, it’s the nursing aides and assistants who help patients bathe, dress and eat. There should be more than 312,000 new caregivers performing these essential tasks by 2022.
While interpreters use hand gestures and various forms of language to practice their craft, translators rely on the power of the pen. A rise in global interaction, military needs and innovative technology has the BLS predicting more than 46 percent employment growth in this profession by the year 2022.
You have to more than like children to pursue this career path. 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, and have abundant patience. There should be more than 76,000 new jobs for preschool teachers between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS.
A public relations specialist’s main goal is to generate positive publicity and enhance the reputation of his or her client. Does this job appeal to you? Keep in mind that grade-A communications skills are a must, as is some knowledge of sales and marketing. The BLS predicts that our No. 85 job will have 27,400 new job openings before 2022.
These professionals usually don’t take home papers to grade, but Gail M. Smith, a school counselor director in Georgia, says they “are taking home the kids in their hearts.” The BLS expects nearly 12 percent job growth for these compassionate school workers by 2022.
Competition in this field will be strong, but abundant hiring is still expected, as firms attempt to lower expenses by using the service of more cost-effective paralegals as opposed to lawyers. The BLS predicts 46,200 new paralegal should sprout up between 2012 and 2022.
It might surprise you to learn that paramedics and emergency medical techs don’t make much money – only about $31,020 in 2012, the BLS estimates – considering they witness gruesome scenes and interact with people experiencing considerable emotional and physical trauma. Still, this occupation makes our list due to its favorable growth prospects (23.1 percent by 2022), and low unemployment rate.
Being a real estate agent involves listening to the desires of prospective homeowners and being sensible about the fluctuations of the housing market. The BLS predicts this position will grow at a steady clip between 2012 and 2022, with 38,000 new jobs added.
It’s ironic that the Labor Department predicts faster than average job growth for glaziers, considering many people have never heard of this profession. Here’s a hint: You look through their handiwork everyday. Glaziers are responsible for cutting and installing the glasswork on buildings, and there should be 8,000 new job openings before 2022.
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