The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess

Susan Nunziata, Director of Editorial | 2/5/2014 | 52 comments

Susan Nunziata
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
  • Dentist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Registered nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • 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

Title Average Annual Salary (2012)*
Software developer $93,280
Computer systems analyst $83,800
Web developer $66,100
Information security analyst $89,290
Database administrator $79,120
Civil engineer $84,140
Mechanical engineer $84,770
IT manager $129,130
Computer programmer $78,260
Computer systems administrator $76,320
Computer support specialist $62,970
* Based on latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics results available. Source: U.S. News, "Best Technology Jobs of 2014," January 2014.

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):

  • Painter
  • Structural iron and steelworker
  • Landscaper and groundskeeper
  • Mental health counselor
  • Auto mechanic
  • Office clerk
  • Plumber
  • Customer service representative
  • Architect
  • Art director
  • Glazier

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?

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Susan Nunziata   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/26/2014 8:31:17 PM
Re: 90-100 of the best is hardly the worst
@kstaron: I wonder if this year is finally theyear when most people can stop being thankful they have any job and thankful they have a good job.


I really really hope you are right! After so many years of economic hardship it will be good to see opportunities expand for people.

and fair enough to your point, I was looking at those at the bottom of the list as the 10 worst. I'm sure there are far far worse jobs in the world than those. they are only "worse" in comparison to the "best" that were analyzed for this particular report.
Susan Nunziata   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/26/2014 6:36:25 PM
Re: The No 1 Job in 2014 : Take a Wild Guess
@tekedge: Let's hope this isn't indicative of another bubble but rather a real, maturing industry where all of the students of the next 5 or more years will be able to find equally well-paying jobs when they graduate.

Susan Nunziata   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/26/2014 3:53:47 PM
Re: No. 1 Job in 2014
@Zerox203: That salary for software developers is the national average, not the  median. It's still pretty high, but as an average--if you factor in the crazy things happening in Silicon Valley right now -- I don't think it's completely out of line.

the researchers based it on Bureau of Labor Statistics data, though the job category itself isn't fully described, so it's hard for me to say what they might be lumping in under the group of "software developers."

Your observation about the "worst" jobs is a really good one, wow, it's more like "jobs that might become extinct."

I'll be watching that part of the list very closely in the years ahead to make sure "editorial director" doesn't end up down there!

Susan Nunziata   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/26/2014 3:40:54 PM
Re: surprising
@Taimoor: it's a very good question. And keep in mind this is in the U.S. only, which has its very unique healthcare system. This is purely my own hpothesis, but I think part of this may be due to the way our healtcare system and healt insurance is handled. While medical doctors are covered under medical insurance plans, many do not cover dentists. the medical insurance plans have squeezed doctor salaires and forced doctors to see more and more patients per day in order to earn their wages int he form of compensation from the medical insurance companies. However, dentists are not under such strain since many medical insurance plans do not include coverae for dental care, or if they do there are many aspects of dental care that are not covered. So dentists are compensated in a better way right now.

As far as phramacists, I think this speaks to the unbelievable reliance on perscription medications in the U.S. Just within a 5 block radius of my home there are three pharmacies -- two big chains, Walgreens and CVS, and one independent pharmacist. And they all seem to be doing a booming business!

Susan Nunziata   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/26/2014 3:36:59 PM
Re: good to see
@Henrisha: I know! I wish I had the stomach for any of the hands-on medical field, I'd go back to school myself in a heartbeat.


kstaron   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/25/2014 5:23:15 PM
90-100 of the best is hardly the worst
I find it amazing that the botton of the 100 best jobs has the jobs they did. After all that can't mean they are the worst, if they still rank in the top 100. I wonder if this year is finally theyear when most people can stop being thankful they have any job and thankful they have a good job.
tekedge   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/20/2014 5:57:39 PM
The No 1 Job in 2014 : Take a Wild Guess
It for the past two decades has assured a decent job for people in the field inspite of the downturn and is here to stay I think. So it is really not surprising that it pays the big bucks to the truly talented....Software developers. Lot of the graduates nowadays are trying to get into this field nothwithstanding its pressures and deadlines!
SaneIT   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/17/2014 8:37:35 AM
Re: good to see
My first thought when I heard about this malware was that it was most likely aimed at government employees much like Stuxnet.  That might explain why it is well written.  Maybe it has just leaked out to the wild as these things tend to do.
MDMConsult   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/16/2014 2:51:05 PM
Re: good to see
Companies are paying top dollar for experienced Android developers. The market for application development and software architect salaries continue to rise. The top sectors rising include software development, programming and engineering. 
DBK   The No. 1 Job in 2014: Take a Wild Guess   2/14/2014 10:45:56 AM
Re: good to see
@SaneIT - I believe your statement "It's a very emotional event for them and 9 times out of 10 they are not worried about things like identity theft or personal documents, they are worried about not having photos from last year's vacation" is very accurate.  And this particular virus does tend to be targeted toward individuals whose information is exactly what you stated above, personal.  With that said what I have also read is that the code is very well written and sophisticated.  Who knows this could just be a dry run so the key is back up early, back up often and always have a contingency plan.
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