The U.S. News & World Report has just released its annual ranking of the best jobs for 2016. Healthcare has come out on top in a major way, in fact, nine out of the top 10 are in the healthcare field (the only exception being ‘computer systems analyst’ at No. 3).
Healthcare is a very rewarding industry to be in and boasts good pay, low unemployment rates & the ability to achieve a good work-life balance. This category also included the top 10 best paying jobs, with top spot going to anaesthesiologist— with an average annual salary of $246,320.
Of course, not everyone is set out to go to med school, but a number of the top paying jobs don’t require advanced degrees. The demand for healthcare support jobs, for example, is high because the nation’s huge population of baby boomers is aging and requires more health services. The top 10 also include nursing and medical assisting jobs that have a lesser study time & financial commitment.
Setting the healthcare sector aside, the report shows that the tech industry is experiencing a swift growth which bodes well for both opportunities and salaries. Software developers, programmers & support personnel are all in high demand. Following healthcare, the top paying job lies in the marketing industry with the role of Marketing Manager at No. 13, with an average salary of $127,130.
As the market improves and the employment picture brightens, U.S. News added a few more specific industry rankings to its roster including: engineering, science, maintenance and repair, education, health care support, and sales and marketing.
Here are the top 10 jobs for 2016:
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Nurse Anaesthetist
- Physician Assistant
- Nurse Practitioner
- Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
For more details and the top 100 list, see the full report here
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