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100 Best Jobs According to USNews




1. Software Developer - Software developers need to be innovative, creative and, of course, technical in order to succeed in this field. They might write new code or fix bugs in code to make it work better. Read More
Projected Jobs: 255,400
Median Salary: $101,790
Education Needed: Bachelor's

2. Statistician - Statistics is the science of using data to make decisions. This is relevant in almost all fields of work and there are many opportunities for employment. Read More
Projected Jobs: 12,600
Median Salary: $84,060
Education Needed: Master's

Physician Assistant - Physician assistants work under doctors to care for the sick or injured by interpreting tests and conducting exams. Read More
Projected Jobs: 39,600
Median Salary: $104,860
Education Needed: Master's

Dentist - From filling cavities to whitening teeth, dentists primarily examine and treat issues involving the mouth, gums and teeth. Read More
Projected Jobs: 25,700
Median Salary: $151,440
Education Needed: Doctorate

Nurse Anesthetist - As a type of advanced practice registered nurse, nurse anesthetists work with patients regarding anesthetic treatment before, during and after surgery, as well as with therapy or other medical procedures that use anesthesia. Read More
Projected Jobs: 6,800
Median Salary: $165,120
Education Needed: Master's

Orthodontist

#5 in 100 Best Jobs (tie)

Picture-perfect teeth often start with an orthodontist. Orthodontists focus primarily on the teeth and jaw, including realignment and preserving normal function and appearance. Read More

Projected Jobs
1,300
Median Salary
$208,000
Education Needed
Doctorate

Nurse Practitioner

#7 in 100 Best Jobs

Nurse practitioners perform a lot of the same duties as physicians; they perform physical exams, order lab tests and analyze results, prescribe medicines and authorize treatments. These professionals usually have a specialty, such as adult and geriatric health, pediatric health or mental health. Read More

Projected Jobs
56,100
Median Salary
$103,880
Education Needed
Master's

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Pediatrician

#8 in 100 Best Jobs

The doctors who sent you on your way with a lollipop and sticker when you were younger were likely pediatricians, doctors who diagnose and treat medical issues specific to infants, children, teenagers and young adults. Pediatrician responsibilities typically include treating common illnesses, minor injuries and infectious diseases, as well as administering vaccinations. Read More

Projected Jobs
4,600
Median Salary
$172,650
Education Needed
Doctorate

[Gynecologist and patient]

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

#9 in 100 Best Jobs (tie)

Whether you’re going in for a routine checkup or delivering your first child, obstetricians and gynecologists can provide a variety of care related to childbirth and female reproductive health. Read More

Projected Jobs
3,400
Median Salary
$208,000
Education Needed
Doctorate

[A dentist views an x-ray while another dentist cleans a patient's mouth in the background.]

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

#9 in 100 Best Jobs (tie)

From repairing cleft lips and palates to taking care of impacted teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeons operate specifically on the mouth, jaws, teeth, gums, neck and head. Read More

Projected Jobs
1,300
Median Salary
$208,000
Education Needed
Doctorate

Physician

#9 in 100 Best Jobs (tie)

Physicians provide preventative care but also treat and diagnose a range of illnesses in their patients. Schooling and competition is intense for all types of doctors but the payoff is high. Read More

Projected Jobs
7,300
Median Salary
$192,930
Education Needed
Doctorate

[Prosthodontist]

Prosthodontist

#9 in 100 Best Jobs (tie)

Prosthodontists are essentially responsible for repairing and restoring people’s smiles. These dental professionals improve and replace teeth. Read More

Projected Jobs
200
Median Salary
$185,150
Education Needed
Doctorate

[Physical therapist (40s) helping patient (60s) through gait training.]

Occupational Therapist

#13 in 100 Best Jobs

Occupational therapists assist those who are sick, injured or disabled with day-to-day activities, such as showing someone how to use a wheelchair, or helping someone who had a stroke relearn how to cook, clean or get dressed. These professionals might also work with kids in educational settings, people with mental illnesses or someone who was involved in a bad car accident. Read More

Projected Jobs
31,000
Median Salary
$83,200
Education Needed
Master's

[Surgeon and a team operating a patient in a hospital]

Anesthesiologist

#14 in 100 Best Jobs (tie)

From surgery to chronic illness, anesthesiologists manage all types of pain through drugs, and even monitor patients’ vital signs. Read More

Projected Jobs
5,100
Median Salary
$208,000
Education Needed
Doctorate

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Surgeon

#14 in 100 Best Jobs (tie)

Surgeons treat patients’ injuries, diseases and deformities through operations that repair or prevent a medical problem. Surgeons can perform general surgery or specialize in areas including orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular and plastic or reconstructive surgery. Read More

Projected Jobs
6,500
Median Salary
$208,000
Education Needed
Doctorate

[Pregnant woman talking to midwife]

Nurse Midwife

#16 in 100 Best Jobs

From assistance during childbirth to reproductive care, nurse midwives provide a variety of gynecological and family planning services. Nurse midwives can serve as primary care providers for women and infants as well. Read More

Projected Jobs
1,300
Median Salary
$100,590
Education Needed
Master's

[Mathematicians writing complex scientific equations on screen]

Mathematician

#17 in 100 Best Jobs

Mathematicians may have careers as varied as mathematics itself, working everywhere from classrooms to government buildings. While some mathematicians work primarily with theory, others use theory to solve everyday problems. Read More

Projected Jobs
900
Median Salary
$103,010
Education Needed
Master's

[Close up of navigator checking charts on ships bridge.]

Cartographer

#18 in 100 Best Jobs

A modern road trip may not include nearly as many paper maps as it used to, but cartographers, who are map artists in a sense, are still in demand as online maps and GPS technologies continue to change and develop. Read More

Projected Jobs
2,400
Median Salary
$63,990
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Young female nurses discussing over medical documents in hospital]

Registered Nurse

#19 in 100 Best Jobs

A registered nurse has a wide range of responsibilities, from giving medicine to performing medical procedures. Read More

Projected Jobs
438,100
Median Salary
$70,000
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Physical Therapist

#20 in 100 Best Jobs

The role of a physical therapist is to help patients manage and treat injuries or long-term illnesses by examining them and developing a plan that helps them increase mobility and lessen pain. Read More

Projected Jobs
67,100
Median Salary
$86,850
Education Needed
Doctorate

Clinical Laboratory Technician

#21 in 100 Best Jobs

While you may not meet a clinical laboratory technician at the hospital or doctor’s office, these medical professionals play a major role in your medical care. Physicians use the results of the tests and the analysis that clinical laboratory technicians conduct to diagnose patients. Read More

Projected Jobs
22,900
Median Salary
$51,770
Education Needed
Associate's

[Pensive doctor looking the xray exams]

Podiatrist

#22 in 100 Best Jobs

If a medical professional is treating or operating on your feet, ankles or lower legs, they most likely are a podiatrist. A podiatrist’s responsibilities include assessing the patient’s lower extremities, diagnosing problems, performing surgeries and prescribing medications. Read More

Projected Jobs
1,100
Median Salary
$127,740
Education Needed
Doctorate

Speech-Language Pathologist

#23 in 100 Best Jobs

Those in this profession work to diagnose and treat a variety of speech and language difficulties and can work in a number of settings. Read More

Projected Jobs
25,900
Median Salary
$76,610
Education Needed
Master's

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Accountant

#24 in 100 Best Jobs

Accountants are at your service during tax season and beyond, preparing taxes, performing audits and offering consulting. Read More

Projected Jobs
139,900
Median Salary
$69,350
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Financial Manager

#25 in 100 Best Jobs

If financial managers were doctors, the financial success of their organization would be a testimony to their treatment. These business professionals create financial reports, coordinate investment activity and develop long-term financial strategies for companies. Read More

Projected Jobs
108,600
Median Salary
$125,080
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Doctor auscultating a patient]

Respiratory Therapist

#26 in 100 Best Jobs

This occupation requires only an associate degree for entry and can be both challenging and gratifying. Respiratory therapists examine and treat those who have breathing disorders or respiratory diseases. Read More

Projected Jobs
30,500
Median Salary
$59,710
Education Needed
Associate's

[Determined man looking at screen at office desk]

Computer Systems Analyst

#27 in 100 Best Jobs

Computer systems analysts must have a diverse skill set. The position requires information technology and business knowledge. These analysts custom design computer systems and processes for clients. Read More

Projected Jobs
54,400
Median Salary
$88,270
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[High angle shot of a man assisting his colleagues in a call center]

IT Manager

#28 in 100 Best Jobs

Our increasingly digital workplace demands more IT managers, who coordinate computer-related activities for an organization. Duties include analyzing and recommending computer needs, installing and maintaining computer hardware and software, securing an office’s network and electronic documents and searching for new technologies and upgrade opportunities. Read More

Projected Jobs
44,200
Median Salary
$139,220
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Female doctor discussing chart with businessman]

Medical and Health Services Manager

#29 in 100 Best Jobs

Health care systems are like well-oiled machines, and it’s the job of medical and health services managers to keep all the parts running. These professionals might hire staff members, manage budgets, create goals for a department and increase the efficiency of health services, as well as manage a practice for a group of doctors, manage a medical facility or manage a department. Read More

Projected Jobs
72,100
Median Salary
$98,350
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Indian female dental assistant working on boy]

Dental Hygienist

#30 in 100 Best Jobs

Dental hygienists typically work alongside dentists, cleaning a patient’s teeth, taking X-rays and applying fluoride. Read More

Projected Jobs
40,900
Median Salary
$74,070
Education Needed
Associate's

[Woman in her 20s drawing a creative business plan at the office]

Marketing Manager

#31 in 100 Best Jobs

In the world of buying and selling, marketing managers are responsible for figuring out the price, so they can help organizations maximize their profits. They also make sure a company"s customers are satisfied, estimate the demand for the company"s products and services and determine possible markets for those products. Read More

Projected Jobs
22,100
Median Salary
$132,230
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Physical Therapist Assistant

#32 in 100 Best Jobs

Helping patients with their physical therapy plans is the main task of physical therapist assistants. They work to fix damages on their patients from various injuries. Read More

Projected Jobs
27,400
Median Salary
$57,430
Education Needed
Associate's

[Businesswoman watching woman sign paperwork]

Actuary

#33 in 100 Best Jobs

Are you more of a risk calculator than a risk taker? Consider working as an actuary. These professionals are experts in uncertainty, using mathematics, statistics and financial theory to measure, manage and mitigate financial risk. Read More

Projected Jobs
5,300
Median Salary
$101,560
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Operations Research Analyst

#34 in 100 Best Jobs

From data mining to mathematical modeling, operations research analysts use advanced techniques to help businesses run in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Read More

Projected Jobs
31,300
Median Salary
$81,390
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

#35 in 100 Best Jobs

While people often associate sonograms with babies, diagnostic medical sonographers also create images of organs and tissues to help diagnose medical conditions. Read More

Projected Jobs
15,600
Median Salary
$71,410
Education Needed
Associate's

[Male industrial worker at power station (age 50s).]

Civil Engineer

#36 in 100 Best Jobs

From the street in front of your home to the Golden Gate Bridge, civil engineers are responsible for the design and maintenance of public works and facilities. Civil engineers are involved from start to finish in the process of constructing buildings, bridges and roads. Read More

Projected Jobs
32,200
Median Salary
$84,770
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Business Operations Manager

#37 in 100 Best Jobs

Business operations managers are a business’s go-to person. These managers assist companies of all sizes with hiring, negotiating contacts, budgeting and strategic decision-making regarding consumer purchases. Read More

Projected Jobs
205,200
Median Salary
$100,410
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Landscaper]

Landscaper and Groundskeeper

#38 in 100 Best Jobs

Landscapers plant trees, shrubs and flowers; fertilize plants; and construct outdoor walkways, patios and fences to surround their handiwork. Groundskeepers might also garden and plant, but they also paint fences, clean swimming pools, shovel snow and handle refuse removal. Read More

Projected Jobs
135,200
Median Salary
$27,670
Education Needed
Not required

[Concept for consultation with psychologist]

Psychologist

#39 in 100 Best Jobs

Psychologists study our behavior and how our brains function, and can help patients work through emotional, behavioral and psychological issues, as well as diagnose disorders. Read More

Projected Jobs
1,800
Median Salary
$97,740
Education Needed
Master's

Information Security Analyst

#40 in 100 Best Jobs

As concern about cybersecurity grows, so does the demand for information security analysts. It is the duty of these professionals to prepare and carry out security measures that protect a company’s computer networks and systems. Read More

Projected Jobs
28,500
Median Salary
$95,510
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Mechanical Engineer

#41 in 100 Best Jobs

Someone with a mechanical engineering degree has many job options for his or her career path. The skills of a mechanical engineer are needed in many industries and on many types of projects, from vehicle manufacturing to nanotechnology. Mechanical engineers are involved in the production of mechanical instruments and tools from start to finish, and their work includes aspects of design, development and testing.   Read More

Projected Jobs
25,300
Median Salary
$85,880
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[An attorney speaks to a jury in a courtroom.]

Lawyer

#42 in 100 Best Jobs

While not all legal proceedings resemble a scene from “Law & Order,” law is still an exciting profession. Lawyers both advise and represent clients in settings ranging from courts to government agency buildings. Lawyers also research and analyze legal issues; interpret laws, rulings and regulations; and present facts and argue on behalf of clients. Read More

Projected Jobs
65,000
Median Salary
$119,250
Education Needed
Doctorate

Construction Manager

#43 in 100 Best Jobs

Construction managers help plan projects, estimate cost, team-up with laborers during the production stage and more. Read More

Projected Jobs
44,800
Median Salary
$91,370
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Financial Advisor

#44 in 100 Best Jobs

Financial advisors counsel clients on their finances. Their responsibilities include creating budgets and retirement plans, providing investing advice and even investing on behalf of a client. Read More

Projected Jobs
40,400
Median Salary
$90,640
Education Needed
Bachelor's

School Psychologist

#45 in 100 Best Jobs

School psychologists can bear a heavy load, assisting students who might be struggling academically or emotionally. You must hold a master’s degree and love helping others, and many in this field find the work rewarding. Read More

Projected Jobs
21,000
Median Salary
$75,090
Education Needed
Doctorate

[Mature woman standing with book in her hand.]

Political Scientist

#46 in 100 Best Jobs

Those who study political science are not limited to jobs in politics. Political scientists, who learn how policies and laws affect people and businesses, could also go into teaching, journalism or business. Read More

Projected Jobs
200
Median Salary
$115,110
Education Needed
Master's

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Orthotist and Prosthetist

#47 in 100 Best Jobs

Orthotists and prosthetists are the designers behind artificial limbs, including arms, hands, legs and feet, as well as body braces and other medical and surgical devices. Also known as O&P professionals, they work directly with patients in order to design and fit the devices, and instruct them on use. Read More

Projected Jobs
1,700
Median Salary
$66,240
Education Needed
Master's

Database Administrator

#48 in 100 Best Jobs

While the pronunciation of the word “data” always seems to be up for debate, the importance of protecting said data is not. Database administrators set up databases according to a company’s requirements, in addition to maintaining its operations and implementing the appropriate security measures. Read More

Projected Jobs
13,700
Median Salary
$87,020
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Optometrist taking a closer look at pupil while performing dilated retinal exam]

Optometrist

#49 in 100 Best Jobs

You probably wouldn’t be sporting those new glasses or contact lenses without a prescription from an optometrist. Prescriptions for eyewear or eye-related medications typically start with vision tests and a specific diagnosis from an optometrist. These medical professionals also provide treatments for eye diseases, preoperative and postoperative care and referrals to other health care providers. Read More

Projected Jobs
7,200
Median Salary
$110,300
Education Needed
Doctorate

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

#50 in 100 Best Jobs

Counselors provide treatment for their patients while also possibly running outreach programs. Read More

Projected Jobs
23,800
Median Salary
$43,300
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Web Developer

#51 in 100 Best Jobs

Web developers use code to create everything you see on your favorite websites, from the special effects to the search functionality. Read More

Projected Jobs
24,400
Median Salary
$67,990
Education Needed
Associate's

Personal Care Aide

#52 in 100 Best Jobs

Compassion is the top asset for those interested in being a personal care aide. These professionals assist people with physical and mental disabilities and chronic illness, and perform non-medical daily tasks. Read More

Projected Jobs
777,600
Median Salary
$23,100
Education Needed
High School

[Psychiatrist]

Psychiatrist

#53 in 100 Best Jobs

Performing evaluations far beyond the “How does that make you feel?” question asked in movies, psychiatrists are primary mental health physicians who diagnose and treat mental illnesses. Psychiatrists’ methods include personal counseling, hospitalization and medication. Read More

Projected Jobs
3,100
Median Salary
$208,000
Education Needed
Doctorate

[A social worker with a tablet helps an elderly patient.]

Social and Community Service Manager

#54 in 100 Best Jobs

A profession that takes commitment and passion, social and community service management involves working with specific groups or communities to address issues. Read More

Projected Jobs
26,500
Median Salary
$64,100
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Pharmacist

#55 in 100 Best Jobs

Pharmacists are becoming more critical to the health care system, supporting doctors and patients by filling prescriptions, dispensing appropriate amounts of medicine and making sure medicines interact safely. Read More

Projected Jobs
17,400
Median Salary
$124,170
Education Needed
Doctorate

Home Health Aide

#56 in 100 Best Jobs

Home health aides are trained to assist individuals with diabetes, chronic illness or cognitive impairment with the daily activities many people take for granted. Read More

Projected Jobs
431,200
Median Salary
$23,210
Education Needed
High School

Wind Turbine Technician

#57 in 100 Best Jobs

Generating electricity through wind turbines is becoming more prevalent. Wind turbine technicians typically learn the trade at a technical school, and they work outside repairing, maintaining and installing wind turbines. Read More

Projected Jobs
5,600
Median Salary
$53,880
Education Needed
Postsecondary non-degree

[Woman standing in aisle of server room]

Computer Network Architect

#58 in 100 Best Jobs

If you've ever saved something to the cloud, then you've depended on the handiwork of a computer network architect. These professionals design, build and maintain a variety of data communication networks, from expansive cloud infrastructures to smaller intranets. Read More

Projected Jobs
10,500
Median Salary
$104,650
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Plumber

#59 in 100 Best Jobs

This profession goes beyond troubleshooting problems when pipes or water fixtures are broken. Plumbers also plan and develop blueprints for new structures or those being refurbished. Read More

Projected Jobs
75,200
Median Salary
$52,590
Education Needed
High School

Market Research Analyst

#60 in 100 Best Jobs

Knowing what customers want is essential in running a business, and market research analysts help companies do just that. Typical responsibilities include monitoring and forecasting marketing and sales trends, measuring the effectiveness of marketing programs and strategies, gathering and analyzing data, and preparing and presenting reports to both clients and management. Read More

Projected Jobs
138,300
Median Salary
$63,230
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Cost Estimator

#61 in 100 Best Jobs

From the cost of your cell phone to that of government programs, cost estimators analyze how much products and services should cost. Cost estimators also analyze the current cost of something, in addition to why a product or service costs more or less than previous estimates determined. Read More

Projected Jobs
22,900
Median Salary
$63,110
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Barber and customer, view from above]

Hairdresser

#62 in 100 Best Jobs

Hairdressers can cut, dye and style your hair into a new look, or simply give you a trim. The demand for these hair care professionals is rising with the population. Read More

Projected Jobs
80,100
Median Salary
$24,850
Education Needed
Postsecondary non-degree

School Counselor

#63 in 100 Best Jobs

This can be one of the most gratifying professions, as school counselors see students move forward in life and achieve great things. The necessary training varies by state, however, most hold a master’s degree. Read More

Projected Jobs
36,700
Median Salary
$55,410
Education Needed
Master's

Veterinarian

#64 in 100 Best Jobs

An average day as a veterinarian might include performing surgeries or setting broken bones for animals. One must-have skill is communication. Vets routinely interact with animal owners and support staff. Read More

Projected Jobs
15,000
Median Salary
$90,420
Education Needed
Doctorate

Patrol Officer

#65 in 100 Best Jobs

A patrol officer’s duty is to protect and serve, whether it is in the community or filing reports in the office. Read More

Projected Jobs
47,800
Median Salary
$61,050
Education Needed
High School

Medical Assistant

#66 in 100 Best Jobs

During most medical exams, a physician or specialist isn’t the only person you’ll see. A medical assistant measures your vital signs, administers injections or medications and schedules appointments. These professionals also prepare blood samples for lab tests, record your patient history and enter your information in your medical records. Read More

Projected Jobs
183,900
Median Salary
$32,480
Education Needed
Postsecondary non-degree

[Businesswoman filling out paperwork]

HR Specialist

#67 in 100 Best Jobs

If you have a job, you’ve likely interacted with an HR specialist. These human resources personnel recruit, screen, interview and place employees, in addition to taking care of employee relations tasks. Read More

Projected Jobs
32,500
Median Salary
$60,360
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[An IT technician programming computer equipment in a server room]

Computer Systems Administrator

#68 in 100 Best Jobs

Computer systems administrators perform duties ranging from identifying and fixing network issues to updating equipment and software. Read More

Projected Jobs
24,000
Median Salary
$81,100
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Businesswoman at whiteboard leading meeting in conference room.]

Industrial Psychologist

#69 in 100 Best Jobs

Industrial psychologists aim to find solutions for organizations after evaluating the problems the organization faces. These professionals typically run their own small businesses and work for consulting firms, corporations, hospitals and the government. Read More

Projected Jobs
100
Median Salary
$87,100
Education Needed
Master's

[Business team on a morning briefing]

Sales Manager

#70 in 100 Best Jobs

Sales managers guide their teams by setting goals, training their staff and developing new strategies to achieve quotas. Many employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in business administration, however, one isn’t always needed. Read More

Projected Jobs
28,900
Median Salary
$121,060
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Loan Officer

#71 in 100 Best Jobs

From car loans to mortgages to business loans, loans are an inevitable part of the daily lives of Americans. A loan officer is a major player in the loan application and approval process. These officers evaluate, authorize or recommend loan application approval for individuals and businesses. Read More

Projected Jobs
36,300
Median Salary
$64,660
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Doctor and nurses at hospital reception desk]

Medical Secretary

#72 in 100 Best Jobs

Physicians and medical scientists need a lot of support to provide effective health care, and medical secretaries are responsible for a lot of the behind-the-scenes work. Not only do medical secretaries get reports and charts compiled and ready for physicians and transcribe notes, but they also work with patient billing, insurance and appointments. Read More

Projected Jobs
129,000
Median Salary
$34,610
Education Needed
High School

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse

#73 in 100 Best Jobs

Basic medical care is essential, and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses provide this care under the guidance of registered nurses and doctors. Duties include monitoring patients’ health, offering basic patient care and comfort, discussing the care provided with patients, and reporting patients’ health status and concerns to the appropriate nurses and doctors. Read More

Projected Jobs
88,900
Median Salary
$45,030
Education Needed
Postsecondary non-degree

[Scientist pipetting sample into eppendorf tube in laboratory]

Biochemist

#74 in 100 Best Jobs

Biochemists apply scientific knowledge to a variety of positions, including medicinal research and work with genetically modified organisms. Read More

Projected Jobs
3,600
Median Salary
$91,190
Education Needed
Doctorate

Marriage and Family Therapist

#75 in 100 Best Jobs

Many people can develop problems relating to their spouse, partner, children  or other family members. When these issues occur, marriage and family therapists can often be a source of support and conflict resolution. Read More

Projected Jobs
9,700
Median Salary
$48,790
Education Needed
Master's

High School Teacher

#76 in 100 Best Jobs

Life after high school graduation is impossible to predict, but it’s a high school teacher’s job to prepare students for just that. Larger class sizes and enrollment will affect the employment of high school teachers. Read More

Projected Jobs
76,800
Median Salary
$59,170
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[A couple receives advice from a doctor in an office.]

Genetic Counselor

#77 in 100 Best Jobs

Genetic counselors contribute to preventive care by assessing an individual’s or family’s risk for inherited conditions like cancer and birth defects. A genetic counselor’s duties range from analyzing genetic information to discussing testing options with patients to working with health care providers to determine patient treatment plans. Read More

Projected Jobs
900
Median Salary
$77,480
Education Needed
Master's

[Rupert Counsellor iStock]

Child and Family Social Worker

#78 in 100 Best Jobs

Child and family social workers are professionals who respond to reports of child abuse or poverty. The goal of the job is to improve children’s quality of life. Read More

Projected Jobs
45,000
Median Salary
$44,380
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Financial Analyst

#79 in 100 Best Jobs

Buy? Sell? It’s a financial analyst’s job to recommend what clients should do with their investments, in addition to compiling reports that explain their investment analyses. Read More

Projected Jobs
32,200
Median Salary
$84,300
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Paramedics and a fireman strapping a wounded woman with a neck brace on a stretcher]

Paramedic

#80 in 100 Best Jobs

Paramedics are called to work like someone’s life depends on it and, often times, that is literally the case. It is a paramedic’s responsibility to respond quickly to emergency calls, perform medical services at the scene and transport patients to hospitals. Read More

Projected Jobs
37,400
Median Salary
$33,380
Education Needed
Postsecondary non-degree

Chiropractor

#81 in 100 Best Jobs

From temporary back injuries to pain caused by chronic illness, chiropractors are trained to treat the musculoskeletal system without drugs or surgery. Read More

Projected Jobs
5,900
Median Salary
$68,640
Education Needed
Doctorate

Mental Health Counselor

#82 in 100 Best Jobs

Maintaining good mental health is just as important in day-to-day life as maintaining good physical health. Mental health counselors help people cope with and beat things like depression, stress and anxiety. Read More

Projected Jobs
36,500
Median Salary
$43,300
Education Needed
Master's

Clinical Social Worker

#83 in 100 Best Jobs

Clinical social workers work with patients to diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional disorders through individual, group and couples therapy. Read More

Projected Jobs
35,400
Median Salary
$54,870
Education Needed
Master's

Management Analyst

#84 in 100 Best Jobs

Time really is money. Management analysts work with companies to improve overall efficiency, proposing plans to increase profitability, reduce costs and increase revenue. Read More

Projected Jobs
115,200
Median Salary
$82,450
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Shot of two warehouse workers standing on stairs using a digital tablet and looking at paperwork]

Logistician

#85 in 100 Best Jobs

A logistician is involved in every aspect of a product’s life, including design, purchase, transportation, inventory and warehousing. Read More

Projected Jobs
10,300
Median Salary
$74,590
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Dietitian and Nutritionist

#86 in 100 Best Jobs

Dietitians and nutritionists help clients with almost every aspect of their diet, assisting with food choice, meal plans, lifestyle and nutritional goals. Read More

Projected Jobs
9,900
Median Salary
$59,410
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Environmental Engineer

#87 in 100 Best Jobs

Environmental engineers combine knowledge of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to solve environmental problems. A huge part of the job is working to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, water and air pollution control. Read More

Projected Jobs
4,500
Median Salary
$86,800
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Massage Therapist

#88 in 100 Best Jobs

Nothing is as relaxing as a good massage. But massage therapists aren’t just responsible for helping people luxuriate or relieve stress. They also provide relief from painful medical conditions, heal injuries and improve circulation. Read More

Projected Jobs
42,100
Median Salary
$39,990
Education Needed
Postsecondary non-degree

[Doctor preparing patient for MRI.]

MRI Technologist

#89 in 100 Best Jobs

Anyone who has ever spent time in the big tube in an MRI machine had a capable MRI technologist to ease them through the process. These professionals run the MRI scanner to obtain images of what's going on inside your body, and they might inject you with dyes to help the physician better see a potential problem. Read More

Projected Jobs
5,000
Median Salary
$69,930
Education Needed
Associate's

[Worker standing on wind turbine in rural landscape]

Environmental Engineering Technician

#90 in 100 Best Jobs

Environmental engineering technician positions are ideal for team-oriented workers, as these professionals collaborate with other technicians and engineers to develop plans and create devices to reduce environmental pollution. Read More

Projected Jobs
2,200
Median Salary
$50,230
Education Needed
Associate's

Phlebotomist

#91 in 100 Best Jobs

Phlebotomists work in labs, doctors’ offices and blood donor centers where they draw blood, ensuring it’s done properly. Read More

Projected Jobs
30,100
Median Salary
$33,670
Education Needed
Postsecondary non-degree

[Young pharmacist counts medication to fill a prescription]

Pharmacy Technician

#92 in 100 Best Jobs

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists by measuring medication and providing doses to doctors and patients. Community colleges and vocational schools that offer pharmacy tech programs teach mathematics and familiarize students with medication names and correct dosages. Read More

Projected Jobs
47,600
Median Salary
$31,750
Education Needed
High School

Biomedical Engineer

#93 in 100 Best Jobs

Biomedical engineering allows for a variety of job opportunities, with positions available in industries ranging from medical equipment and pharmaceutical manufacturing to scientific research. Read More

Projected Jobs
1,500
Median Salary
$88,040
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Doctor is stretching womans leg on physiotherapy session]

Physical Therapist Aide

#94 in 100 Best Jobs

Physical therapist aides support physical therapists, professionals who assist injured or ill people with movement and pain. Aides set up treatment areas and therapy equipment, assist patients as they move to and from therapy areas and perform clerical duties. Read More

Projected Jobs
15,300
Median Salary
$25,730
Education Needed
High School

Technical Writer

#95 in 100 Best Jobs

Technical writing is the art of conveying complex information to an audience with varying amounts of familiarity with the subject. They use their expertise to write everything from how-to guides and journals to instruction manuals and supporting documents like FAQ pages. Read More

Projected Jobs
5,700
Median Salary
$70,930
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[Teenage boy donating money at door.]

Fundraiser

#96 in 100 Best Jobs

Educational institutions, health research foundations, political campaigns and other nonprofit organizations rely on the help of fundraisers to raise money for their operations. Read More

Projected Jobs
13,400
Median Salary
$55,640
Education Needed
Bachelor's

Maintenance and Repair Worker

#97 in 100 Best Jobs

If it needs fixing, the resident maintenance and repair worker is likely the person to call. These workers maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, electrical switches and outlets in buildings. They are also responsible for ordering supplies and keeping detailed work records. Read More

Projected Jobs
112,500
Median Salary
$37,670
Education Needed
High School

Interpreter and Translator

#98 in 100 Best Jobs

Interpreters use spoken language, as well as hand gestures in the case of American Sign Language interpreters, while translators work by hand and computer. Read More

Projected Jobs
12,100
Median Salary
$47,190
Education Needed
Bachelor's

[A cancer patient receives radiation therapy.]

Radiation Therapist

#99 in 100 Best Jobs

Radiation therapists tend to be closer to their patients than other general X-ray technologists. They follow their patients through the recovery process and provide accurate treatments in affected areas. Read More

Projected Jobs
2,400
Median Salary
$80,570
Education Needed
Associate's

Surgical Technologist

#100 in 100 Best Jobs

A surgical technologist helps surgeons get the job done, sterilizing the operating room and tools before the operation, as well as assisting surgeons with the scalpel and suction during surgery. Read More