The Year's 10 Best Jobs

Hiring tip: Be good with computers

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 16, 2014 8:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Trying to decide on a career direction? US News & World Report is offering a list of the year's 100 best jobs—where "best" means good opportunities, good pay, job security, and decent work-life balance. Computer- and health-related work comes out on top:

  1. Software developer: The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects nearly 140,000 new jobs for these OS creators, database builders, and game makers between 2012 and 2022.
  2. Computer systems analyst: These folks know software and hardware, allowing them to recommend setups for firms. Opportunities are expected to grow by 127,700 in the same period.
  3. Dentist: Apparently being one is better than visiting one: Another 23,300 jobs for dentists are due by 2022.
  4. Nurse practitioner: They can work without doctors, and available jobs are supposed to grow by 37,100.

  1. Pharmacist: These prescription drug experts can expect their ranks to grow by 41,400 in the same period.
  2. Registered nurse: They're always in demand, with 526,800 new jobs forecast.
  3. Physical therapist: Working to rehabilitate those with a range of ailments, they should see 73,500 new positions.
  4. Physician: Expect another 123,300 jobs for doctors by 2022.
  5. Web developer: Responsible for what you're seeing right now, they'll see 28,500 more opportunities.
  6. Dental hygienist: They don't just clean teeth—they advise patients, US News notes. And there will be 64,200 more jobs available to them by 2022.
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This year's top job, according to US News & World Report: software developer.
This year's top job, according to US News & World Report: software developer.   (Shutterstock)
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