Software developer is the most attractive profession in the US in 2014. I am not making this up.
According to "The Best Jobs of 2014," an annual ranking of the top 100 jobs from US News & World Report, tech jobs in general should expect to see exponential growth in America this year. For example, the ranks of software developers are expected to grow 22% by 2022, according to the report, while jobs for information security analysts are expected to grow 36.5% by 2022.
Here's a look at the Top 10 Job List for 2014:
- Software developer
- Computer systems analyst
- Nurse practitioner
- Registered nurse
- Physical therapist
- Web developer
- Dental hygienist
That list pretty well sums up what we all care about most: technology first, healthcare second.
The report also breaks out the 11 best technology jobs in 2014, along with valuable information such as average and median salaries for each position.
Table 1: 11 Best Tech Jobs in 2014
||Average Annual Salary (2012)*
|Computer systems analyst
| Information security analyst
|Computer systems administrator
|Computer support specialist
After reviewing the top jobs listed in the report, the next questions that popped into my head were: So what are the worst jobs? and Are any of these in tech?
Turns out that tech jobs are spared placement in the bottom 10 on the US News ranking of 100 Best Jobs. In fact, it seems that tradespeople, creative types, and counselors are the ones who have the most to worry about. I'll leave it to you all to discuss what the pattern may be amongst these seemingly disparate functions.
Here's a list of the bottom 10 (in descending order from 100):
- Structural iron and steelworker
- Landscaper and groundskeeper
- Mental health counselor
- Auto mechanic
- Office clerk
- Customer service representative
- Art director
Curious about the methodology behind this annual report? I was too. You can find a very detailed description here about how US News ranks the jobs in its annual survey.
So, how are you feeling about your own position after reading these results? Did your job make the list of the top 11 tech jobs? If so, please tell us about it. If not, what do you think that means for you in the year ahead?
— Susan Nunziata, Director of Editorial, EnterpriseEfficiency.com