Tech jobs top U.S. News & World Report’s ‘best jobs of 2014’

Though professions in health care are close behind.

by bret.silverberg, published 02/03/2014
Tech U.S. News & World Report published its list of the top 100 professions for 2014 on Jan. 23. And though a tech job led the list for the first time ever, three professions that have been around a while cracked the top five. And there are definitely jobs available today in these professions; the list below shows Monster job results for the top 10 careers, as listed by U.S. News & World Report:
  1. Software Developer
  2. Computer Systems Analyst
  3. Dentist
  4. Nurse Practitioner
  5. Pharmacist 
  6. Registered Nurse
  7. Physical Therapist
  8. Physician
  9. Web Developer
  10. Dental Hygienist
U.S. News & World Report puts the list together annually through a blend of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and proprietary data. The list “offer[s] a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security.” The publication predicts major jobs growth through 2022 in the top five professions listed. But the back half shows promise too. Take Art Director, for example, at No. 91: “It’s one of the more lucrative creative occupations we rank,” the site says. BLS reports a pay range between $43,870 and $162,800 for such a career. Even Painters, at No. 100, will show good growth by 2022, according to the list, with 62,000 new jobs added. The list shows promise, according to job search expert Alison Doyle of About.com. “In general, the list shows that as the economy continues to improve, the demand for skilled workers continues to grow,” she says. “The list of the top 10 best jobs all require experience and skills.” And though she says some occupations on the list have significant educational requirements — Dentist at No. 3 and Physician at No. 8, to name a few — the top occupations would provide career stability. “All the top jobs are well-paying providing career opportunities and financial security to workers in those occupations,” Doyle says. But, job candidates should be reminded that they need to love job they ultimately pursue, and not just lust for well-paying or "highly ranked" professions, says career expert Mary Ellen Slayter. "While the overall health of the field should certainly play a factor in your career decisions, you also will want to consider your temperament and natural talents, and how well they mesh with a job,"she says.
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