- If it’s excitement you want in a job, then the list of the Top 10 Best Jobs in the U.S. may not be the best place to starting looking. But if stability and consistency are what you desire, then the list should meet your job-hunting needs.
This particular list was created from various data sources by CareerCast.com, which annually releases a Jobs Report. Its formula takes into account factors such as wages, degree of difficulty, jobs available in the field, upward mobility potential, and so on.
Without further throat-clearing, here are the Top 10 Best Jobs:
Median annual salary: $93,680
Projected job growth by 2022: 26%
Those skilled in mathematics and statistical analysis can find rewarding opportunities as an actuary. The career is challenging, and becoming an actuary requires passing a series of exams. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a very favorable hiring market for actuaries in the years to come, thanks in part to more Americans having healthcare coverage.
6. Dental hygienist
Median annual salary: $70,210
Projected job growth by 2022: 33%
Opportunities in the field are abundant and expected to grow considerably by 2022. The most skilled in the field can command very competitive wages and a flexible work schedule.
9. Occupational therapist
Median annual salary: $75,400
Projected job growth by 2022: 29%
Occupational therapists work with the injured or ill and use routine activities to speed rehabilitation. Demand for their skills is high as they focus on modifying each patient's physical environment while training them to use equipment to increase independence. By focusing on helping patients engage in meaningful activities of daily living, they tend to cater to the aging population.
And now, the Worst 10:
Median annual salary: $24,340
Projected job growth by 2022: 4%
Technological advancement have contributed to dwindling job opportunities in this field. Coupled with the inherent danger of working with heavy machinery in remote locations and typically low pay, lumberjack is ranked No. 200 in the 2014 Jobs Rated report.
2. Newspaper reporter
Median annual salary: $37,090
Projected job growth by 2022: -13%
A job that has lost its luster dramatically over the past five years is expected to plummet even further by 2022 as more and more print publications abandon operations.
4. Taxi driver
Median annual salary: $22,820
Projected job growth by 2022: 16%
Stressful and sometimes dangerous working conditions, as well as low average pay, combine to place taxi driver in the bottom 10 of the 2014 Jobs Rated report.
6. Head cook
Median annual salary: $42,480
Projected job growth by 2022: 5%
A new addition to the Jobs Rated report in 2014, head cook appears in the bottom 10 because of its high-stress environment. Though lucrative opportunities exist, income is not always commensurate with the inherent challenges.
7. Flight attendant
Median annual salary: $37,240
Projected job growth by 2022: -7%
High stress, low pay and a shrinking job market all contribute to flight attendant’s inclusion among the worst jobs of 2014. The BLS projects virtually no change in job prospects, as airlines continue to consolidate and reduce staff.