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What are the 10 Best Jobs?

What are the 10 Best Jobs?

Posted On
January 12
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SurePayroll
Finding the right job can be one of the most difficult and important aspects of your general satisfaction with life. A bad fit between employer and employee can create a lot of stress for both parties. The right job at the right company, on the other hand, can give someone a real sense of purpose and accomplishment.

So it’s hard to say, in a general sense, what the best jobs are, but we can try. And what better way than to look at some payroll statistics of some of the top rated positions.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently published a list of the 10 best jobs, courtesy of data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Below are 10 career fields with an above average median annual pay and strong predicted growth (ranked from highest median annual pay to lowest):

  1. IT Manager

2014 Median Annual Pay: $127,640

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 15 percent

  1. Software Developer Applications

2014 Median Annual Pay: $95,510

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 22 percent

  1. Healthcare Administrator

2014 Median Annual Pay: $92,810

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 23 percent

  1. Information Security Analyst

2014 Median Annual Pay: $88,890

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 37 percent

  1. Registered Nurse

2014 Median Annual Pay: $66,640

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 19 percent

  1. Web Developer

2014 Median Annual Pay: $63,490

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 20 percent

  1. Market Research Analyst

2014 Median Annual Pay: $61,290

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 32 percent

  1. Public Relations Specialist

2014 Median Annual Pay: $55,680

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 12 percent

  1. Elementary School Teacher

2014 Median Annual Pay: $54,120

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 12 percent

  1. Paralegal

2014 Median Average Annual Pay: $48,350

Predicted Growth 2012-2022: 17 percent

 

Looking for a New Job? Focus on Benefits in Addition to Pay

If you are beginning a job search looking for one of these opportunities or something else, make a list of what you are looking for in your next position. While competitive pay is sure to be at the top of your list, don’t overlook the importance of a comprehensive benefits package.

There are many companies with a good reputation for providing top pay and benefits. For employers, this combination allows them to attract the best talent. And for employees, it is the best of both worlds.

Of course, some companies are in a better position to offer more robust benefits than others. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other advantages to working for a given company – maybe it’s a promising startup, for instance, and you’ve got a chance to get in on the ground floor.

Here are some benefits that today’s employees are expecting:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Access to a retirement plan (with employer match)
  • Health and wellness programs (such as access to a local gym)
  • Free food (from time to time)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Time off for charity work

Some of these benefits have been “standard” for many years. Others, such as a flexible work schedule, are just now picking up steam.

Once you make a list of the most important benefits, you can then search for a job with a purpose. You may not find a company that suits your every need in terms of pay and benefits, but you should be able to get close.

Think back to your past jobs. Which benefits did you use? Which benefits offered nothing? By answering these questions, you will find yourself in better position to locate and apply for the right openings.

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