CAREER RANKING FROM THE BEST TO THE WORST

CAREER RANKING FROM THE BEST TO THE WORST

While there are quite literally thousands of different career options to choose from, not all careers are equal. The fact is, some career options are quite simply better than others.

The list of top 100 careers below is ranked based on a number of criteria including employment opportunity, work-life balance, job security, and last but not least, earning potential. While we do not assume that these jobs offer the best career path for everyone, they do offer just the right balance for many aspiring career professionals.

The best careers are mainly in the healthcare and technology fields. In fact, the top 10 careers are all in these two fields.

Dentist, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physician, Physical Therapist, Dental Hygienist for healthcare and Systems Analyst, Database Admin, and Software Developer and Web Developer for technology.

Rank

Occupation

# of Jobs

Median Salary

Unemployment Rate

1

Dentist

27,600

$142,750

0.7%

2

Registered Nurse

712,900

$65,790

2.0%

3

Pharmacist

69,740

$113,410

3.2%

4

Computer Systems Analyst

120,440

$78,670

2.5%

5

Physician

168,330

$183,270

0.7%

6

Database Administrator

33,600

$75,390

1.3%

7

Software Developer

143,400

$89,530

4.0%

8

Physical Therapist

65,740

$77,930

4.7%

9

Web Developer

65,740

$77,390

4.7%

10

Dental Hygienist

68,300

$69,480

2.8%

11

Occupational Therapist

36,420

$74,820

0.4%

12

Veterinarian

23,000

$82,940

0.6%

13

Computer Programmer

43,730

$72,230

3.7%

14

School Psychologist

31,700

$67,830

1.4%

15

Physical Therapist Assistant

30,300

$51,340

3.4%

16

Interpreter & Translator

24,620

$44,260

1.7%

17

Mechanical Engineer

21,200

$79,220

2.4%

18

Veterinary Technologist & Technician

41,700

$30,140

2.8%

19

Epidemiologist

37,630

$64,320

3.4%

20

IT Manager

55,830

$118,310

2.9%

21

Market Research Analyst

116,400

$60,350

5.7%

22

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

23,300

$65,410

4.4%

23

Computer Systems Administrator

96,600

$70,970

3.9%

24

Respiratory Therapist

31,300

$55,350

2.9%

25

Medical Secretary

210,240

$31,460

5.7%

26

Civil Engineer

51,400

$77,940

4.8%

27

Substance Abuse Counselor

23,450

$38,540

4.6%

28

Speech-Language Pathologist

28,850

$69,150

1.7%

29

Landscaper & Groundskeeper

240,850

$23,510

5.3%

30

Radiologic Technologist

61,500

$55,520

2.8%

31

Cost Estimator

67,400

$58,440

5.8%

32

Financial Advisor

66,440

$66,480

2.4%

33

Marriage & Family Therapist

14,840

$46,440

1.7%

34

Medical Assistant

162,930

$29,300

6.7%

35

Lawyer

73,630

$113,330

2.4%

36

Accountant

190,740

$62,450

4.4%

37

Compliance Officer

32,440

$60,440

2.4%

38

High School Teacher

71,930

$54,370

3.3%

39

Clinical Laboratory Technician

23,840

$36,940

4.4%

40

Maintenance & Repair Worker

142,300

$35,330

7.3%

41

Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Audit Clerk

259,000

$34,730

6.3%

42

Financial Manager

46,360

$107,660

3.6%

43

Recreation & Fitness Worker

124,730

$31,330

6.4%

44

Insurance Agent

90,200

$47,450

5.5%

45

Elementary School Teacher

248,810

$52,810

4.1%

46

Dental Assistant

91,600

$34,140

4.4%

47

Management Analyst

157,400

$78,440

5.4%

48

Home Health Aide

706,300

$20,310

9.1%

49

Pharmacy Technician

108,200

$29,940

9.9%

50

Construction Manager

86,640

$84,440

7.0%

51

Public Relations Specialist

58,230

$54,130

2.6%

52

Middle School Teacher

108,340

$53,140

4.1%

53

Massage Therapist

30,940

$35,840

6.2%

54

Paramedic

75,440

$30,740

3.2%

55

Preschool Teacher

113,630

$26,640

5.4%

56

Hairdresser

98,430

$22,540

5.5%

57

Marketing Manager

24,250

$116,510

6.2%

58

Patrol Officer

54,600

$54,330

2.2%

59

School Counselor

53,430

$54,630

4.6%

60

Executive Assistant

156,600

$45,680

6.3%

61

Financial Analyst

54,300

$75,630

5.5%

62

Personal Care Aide

607,500

$19,750

5.3%

63

Clinical Social Worker

51,200

$48,620

6.0%

64

Business Operations Manager

81,620

$95,250

5.4%

65

Loan Officer

41,500

$58,530

8.5%

66

Meeting, Convention & Event Planner

31,500

$46,520

7.7%

67

Mental Health Counselor

43,700

$39,170

4.7%

68

Nursing Aide

302,700

$24,170

9.1%

69

Sales Representative

223,700

$53,740

6.1%

70

Architect

27,940

$73,440

7.4%

71

Sales Manager

40,500

$101,650

6.2%

72

HR Specialist

61,640

$54,410

6.0%

73

Plumber

107,640

$47,450

15.1%

74

Real Estate Agent

45,400

$39,470

5.2%

75

Glazier

41,940

$37,450

12.6%

76

Art Director

6,730

$81,360

9.0%

77

Customer Service Representative

338,300

$30,630

9.0%

78

Logistician

27,830

$71,930

7.9%

79

Auto Mechanic

124,800

$36,180

8.3%

80

Bus Driver

83,000

$35,720

6.4%

81

Restaurant Cook

117,800

$22,080

7.6%

82

Child & Family Social Worker

58,200

$40,680

6.1%

83

Administrative Assistant

118,500

$31,870

6.4%

84

Receptionist

248,540

$25,340

9.1%

85

Paralegal

46,930

$46,730

6.5%

86

Cement Mason & Concrete Finisher

50,500

$35,500

19.5%

87

Painter

72,600

$35,630

16.6%

88

Sports Coach

71,500

$28,570

9.0%

89

Teacher Assistant

191,500

$23,680

6.6%

90

Brickmason & Blockmason

36,400

$46,840

26.0%

91

Cashier

250,230

$18,830

13.8%

92

Janitor

246,440

$22,470

10.8%

93

Electrician

133,730

$49,330

12.2%

94

Delivery Truck Driver

125,620

$29,280

9.2%

95

Maid & Housekeeper

111,620

$19,290

11.2%

96

Carpenter

196,200

$40,210

16.0%

97

Security Guard

195,300

$23,930

11.3%

98

Construction Worker

212,500

$29,450

21.2%

99

Fabricator

12,500

$35,570

14.3%

100

Telemarketer

21,500

$23,570

31.3%

7 Steps To Take Before Choosing A Career

Learn about the job responsibilities, employment opportunities, and training or education requirements prior to pursuing a specific career. Follow these steps to narrow potential career options:

1. Assess yourself - Each individual has different goals, talents, interests, and values. In other words, there are certain careers each individual should not pursue and others where they'd excel and be satisfied. Determine what you would enjoy and excel at by taking career assessments, receiving career counseling, and conducting thorough self-evaluation.

2. Make a list of potential occupations - After conducting some self-assessment, it should be apparent the types of careers you should pursue. It is not possible to pursue each one, so the list should be used to determine where to begin your career search. Select 5 or 10 careers and create a new list with these choices. When making your choices, select jobs that interest you, are recommended following career assessment tests, and ones that match your skill set.

3. Explore the options - Learn about each potential career after narrowing your list. Be sure to learn about educational or training requirements, job duties, employment outlook, annual earnings, and promotion opportunities. Information can be obtained from the Internet, but try to meet with a professional in each field to obtain in-depth details about each profession. If you not know professionals in these fields, contact willing participants and schedule informational interviews. However, you will probably find that you have relatives, colleagues, and school mates currently working in fields that interest you. During an informational interview, collect details about annual salary, employment prospects, and entry-level employment requirements. It's not recommended to request employment during these interviews, but take advantage of networking opportunities.

4. Narrow down your list - Eliminate careers that no longer interest you after thoroughly reviewing each one. Many people become dissuaded from pursuing a career after learning about education requirements, annual earnings, and declining industry growth. Once you've become acquainted with each career, narrow your list to 1-2 options.

5. Set goals - After your list has been narrowed, establish attainable goals. You should be informed enough to establish short and long-term goals. Typically, short-term goals can be met between 1-3 years, and long-term between 3-5 years. It will not be easy reaching each goal, so be prepared to work hard, make adjustments when necessary, and remain committed. Goals are typically achievable when they're defined, flexible, realistic, and attainable within a specified time period.

6. Create a career action plan - Once you've established career goals, begin developing a career action plan consisting of goals and specific steps to reach them. Additionally, career action plans contain possible obstacles, steps to address them, and resources that can be utilized when assistance is needed. This plan will clearly define how you will receive the required training or education, obtain employment, and develop professionally once you've begun your career.

7. Obtain training - Obtaining required career training will probably consume the majority of your time and efforts as you pursue a career. Depending on the profession, you may be required to earn a college degree, complete vocational training, learn new skills, or complete an apprentice or internship.

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