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Best Jobs for the 21st Century , 5th Edition

Book Description

The 500 jobs with the best pay, fastest growth, and most openings and presents almost 70 “best jobs” lists.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. This Is a Big Book, But It Is Very Easy to Use
    1. How We Selected the Best Jobs for the 21st Century
    2. Some Things You Can Do with This Book
  5. Credits
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Introduction
    1. Who This Book Is For and What It Covers
    2. Where the Information Comes From
    3. How the 500 Best Jobs Were Selected
    4. Understand the Limits of the Data in This Book
    5. Data Complexities
    6. Earnings
    7. Projected Growth and Number of Job Openings
    8. Other Job Characteristics
    9. Information in the Job Descriptions
    10. Part I: The Best Jobs Lists
    11. Best Jobs Overall: Lists of Jobs with the Highest Pay, Fastest Growth, and Most Openings
    12. Best Jobs Lists by Demographic
    13. Best Jobs Lists Based on Levels of Education and Experience
    14. Best Jobs Lists Based on Interests
    15. Best Jobs Lists Based on Personality Types
    16. Bonus Lists: Jobs with the Greatest Changes in Outlook Since the Previous Edition
    17. Part II: The Job Descriptions
    18. Sources of Additional Information
    19. Print References
    20. Internet Resources
    21. Thanks
  8. PART I The Best Jobs Lists
    1. Some Details on the Lists
    2. Best Jobs Overall: Lists of Jobs with the Highest Pay, Fastest Growth, and Most Openings
    3. The 500 Best Jobs Overall—Jobs with the Best Combination of Pay, Growth, and Openings
    4. The 100 Best-Paying Jobs
    5. The 100 Fastest-Growing Jobs
    6. The 100 Jobs with the Most Openings
    7. Best Jobs Lists by Demographic
    8. Best Jobs with the Highest Percentage of Workers Age 16–24
    9. Best Jobs with a High Percentage of Workers Age 55 and Over
    10. Best Jobs with a High Percentage of Part-Time Workers
    11. Best Jobs with a High Percentage of Self-Employed Workers
    12. Best Jobs Employing a High Percentage of Women
    13. Best Jobs Employing a High Percentage of Men
    14. Best Jobs Lists Based on Levels of Education and Experience
    15. The Education Levels
    16. Another Warning About the Data
    17. Best Jobs Lists Based on Interests
    18. Descriptions for the 16 Interest Areas
    19. Best Jobs Lists Based on Personality Types
    20. Descriptions of the Six Personality Types
    21. Bonus Lists: Jobs with the Greatest Changes in Outlook Since the Previous Edition
  9. PART II The Job Descriptions
    1. Accountants
    2. Actuaries
    3. Administrative Services Managers
    4. Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and GED Teachers and Instructors
    5. Advertising and Promotions Managers
    6. Advertising Sales Agents
    7. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
    8. Aerospace Engineers
    9. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
    10. Agricultural Engineers
    11. Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
    12. Air Traffic Controllers
    13. Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
    14. Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
    15. Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
    16. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
    17. Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
    18. Anesthesiologists
    19. Animal Trainers
    20. Anthropologists
    21. Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary
    22. Appraisers, Real Estate
    23. Aquacultural Managers
    24. Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
    25. Archeologists
    26. Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
    27. Architectural Drafters
    28. Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
    29. Archivists
    30. Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
    31. Art Directors
    32. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
    33. Assessors
    34. Astronomers
    35. Athletes and Sports Competitors
    36. Athletic Trainers
    37. Atmospheric and Space Scientists
    38. Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
    39. Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
    40. Audiologists
    41. Auditors
    42. Automotive Body and Related Repairers
    43. Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
    44. Automotive Master Mechanics
    45. Automotive Specialty Technicians
    46. Aviation Inspectors
    47. Bailiffs
    48. Bakers
    49. Bill and Account Collectors
    50. Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks
    51. Billing, Posting, and Calculating Machine Operators
    52. Biochemists and Biophysicists
    53. Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    54. Biological Technicians
    55. Biomedical Engineers
    56. Boilermakers
    57. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
    58. Brickmasons and Blockmasons
    59. Broadcast Technicians
    60. Brokerage Clerks
    61. Budget Analysts
    62. Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
    63. Bus Drivers, School
    64. Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
    65. Business Teachers, Postsecondary
    66. Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
    67. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
    68. Cargo and Freight Agents
    69. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
    70. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
    71. Chefs and Head Cooks
    72. Chemical Engineers
    73. Chemical Technicians
    74. Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
    75. Chemists
    76. Chief Executives
    77. Child, Family, and School Social Workers
    78. Chiropractors
    79. City and Regional Planning Aides
    80. Civil Drafters
    81. Civil Engineering Technicians
    82. Civil Engineers
    83. Claims Examiners, Property and Casualty Insurance
    84. Clergy
    85. Clinical Psychologists
    86. Coaches and Scouts
    87. Commercial and Industrial Designers
    88. Commercial Divers
    89. Commercial Pilots
    90. Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
    91. Compensation and Benefits Managers
    92. Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
    93. Computer and Information Scientists, Research
    94. Computer and Information Systems Managers
    95. Computer Hardware Engineers
    96. Computer Programmers
    97. Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    98. Computer Security Specialists
    99. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
    100. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
    101. Computer Support Specialists
    102. Computer Systems Analysts
    103. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
    104. Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers
    105. Concierges
    106. Construction and Building Inspectors
    107. Construction Carpenters
    108. Construction Laborers
    109. Construction Managers
    110. Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
    111. Cooks, Restaurant
    112. Copy Writers
    113. Coroners
    114. Correctional Officers and Jailers
    115. Correspondence Clerks
    116. Cost Estimators
    117. Counseling Psychologists
    118. Court Clerks
    119. Court Reporters
    120. Credit Analysts
    121. Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
    122. Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
    123. Crop and Livestock Managers
    124. Curators
    125. Customer Service Representatives
    126. Database Administrators
    127. Demonstrators and Product Promoters
    128. Dental Assistants
    129. Dental Hygienists
    130. Dentists, General
    131. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
    132. Dietitians and Nutritionists
    133. Directors, Religious Activities and Education
    134. Directors—Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
    135. Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
    136. Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
    137. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
    138. Economists
    139. Editors
    140. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
    141. Education Administrators, Postsecondary
    142. Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Program
    143. Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    144. Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
    145. Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
    146. Electrical Drafters
    147. Electrical Engineering Technicians
    148. Electrical Engineers
    149. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
    150. Electricians
    151. Electronic Drafters
    152. Electronics Engineering Technicians
    153. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
    154. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
    155. Elevator Installers and Repairers
    156. Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
    157. Embalmers
    158. Emergency Management Specialists
    159. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
    160. Employment Interviewers
    161. Engineering Managers
    162. Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
    163. English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
    164. Environmental Compliance Inspectors
    165. Environmental Engineering Technicians
    166. Environmental Engineers
    167. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
    168. Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    169. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
    170. Epidemiologists
    171. Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers
    172. Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
    173. Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
    174. Family and General Practitioners
    175. Farmers and Ranchers
    176. Fashion Designers
    177. Film and Video Editors
    178. Financial Analysts
    179. Financial Examiners
    180. Financial Managers, Branch or Department
    181. Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
    182. Fire Inspectors
    183. Fire Investigators
    184. Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
    185. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
    186. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers
    187. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
    188. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
    189. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
    190. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers
    191. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
    192. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers
    193. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers
    194. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Personal Service Workers
    195. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives
    196. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers
    197. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers
    198. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
    199. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
    200. Flight Attendants
    201. Food Batchmakers
    202. Food Scientists and Technologists
    203. Food Service Managers
    204. Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
    205. Forensic Science Technicians
    206. Forest Fire Fighters
    207. Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
    208. Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    209. Freight and Cargo Inspectors
    210. Funeral Directors
    211. Gaming Managers
    212. Gaming Supervisors
    213. Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators
    214. General and Operations Managers
    215. Geography Teachers, Postsecondary
    216. Geological Sample Test Technicians
    217. Geophysical Data Technicians
    218. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
    219. Glaziers
    220. Government Property Inspectors and Investigators
    221. Graduate Teaching Assistants
    222. Graphic Designers
    223. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
    224. Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
    225. Health Educators
    226. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
    227. Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers
    228. Helpers—Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
    229. Helpers—Carpenters
    230. Helpers—Electricians
    231. Helpers—Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
    232. Helpers—Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
    233. Highway Maintenance Workers
    234. History Teachers, Postsecondary
    235. Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
    236. Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
    237. Hydrologists
    238. Immigration and Customs Inspectors
    239. Industrial Engineering Technicians
    240. Industrial Engineers
    241. Industrial Machinery Mechanics
    242. Industrial Production Managers
    243. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
    244. Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
    245. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
    246. Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
    247. Instructional Coordinators
    248. Insulation Workers, Mechanical
    249. Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
    250. Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
    251. Insurance Claims Clerks
    252. Insurance Policy Processing Clerks
    253. Insurance Sales Agents
    254. Insurance Underwriters
    255. Interior Designers
    256. Internists, General
    257. Interpreters and Translators
    258. Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
    259. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
    260. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
    261. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
    262. Landscape Architects
    263. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
    264. Law Teachers, Postsecondary
    265. Lawyers
    266. Legal Secretaries
    267. Librarians
    268. Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    269. Library Technicians
    270. License Clerks
    271. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
    272. Licensing Examiners and Inspectors
    273. Loan Interviewers and Clerks
    274. Loan Officers
    275. Locksmiths and Safe Repairers
    276. Lodging Managers
    277. Logisticians
    278. Machinists
    279. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
    280. Maintenance Workers, Machinery
    281. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
    282. Management Analysts
    283. Mapping Technicians
    284. Marine Architects
    285. Marine Engineers
    286. Market Research Analysts
    287. Marketing Managers
    288. Marriage and Family Therapists
    289. Massage Therapists
    290. Materials Engineers
    291. Materials Scientists
    292. Mates—Ship, Boat, and Barge
    293. Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    294. Mathematicians
    295. Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
    296. Mechanical Drafters
    297. Mechanical Engineering Technicians
    298. Mechanical Engineers
    299. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
    300. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
    301. Medical and Health Services Managers
    302. Medical and Public Health Social Workers
    303. Medical Assistants
    304. Medical Equipment Preparers
    305. Medical Equipment Repairers
    306. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
    307. Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
    308. Medical Secretaries
    309. Medical Transcriptionists
    310. Meeting and Convention Planners
    311. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
    312. Mental Health Counselors
    313. Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
    314. Microbiologists
    315. Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
    316. Millwrights
    317. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
    318. Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
    319. Motorboat Mechanics
    320. Motorcycle Mechanics
    321. Multi-Media Artists and Animators
    322. Municipal Clerks
    323. Municipal Fire Fighters
    324. Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
    325. Museum Technicians and Conservators
    326. Music Composers and Arrangers
    327. Music Directors
    328. Natural Sciences Managers
    329. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    330. Network Designers
    331. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
    332. Nuclear Engineers
    333. Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
    334. Nuclear Medicine Technologists
    335. Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
    336. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
    337. Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
    338. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
    339. Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
    340. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    341. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
    342. Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
    343. Occupational Therapist Assistants
    344. Occupational Therapists
    345. Office Clerks, General
    346. Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
    347. Operations Research Analysts
    348. Optometrists
    349. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    350. Orthodontists
    351. Orthotists and Prosthetists
    352. Painters, Construction and Maintenance
    353. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
    354. Parts Salespersons
    355. Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
    356. Pediatricians, General
    357. Personal Financial Advisors
    358. Personnel Recruiters
    359. Pest Control Workers
    360. Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
    361. Petroleum Engineers
    362. Pharmacists
    363. Pharmacy Technicians
    364. Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
    365. Photographers
    366. Physical Therapist Aides
    367. Physical Therapist Assistants
    368. Physical Therapists
    369. Physician Assistants
    370. Physicists
    371. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
    372. Pilots, Ship
    373. Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters
    374. Pipelayers
    375. Plasterers and Stucco Masons
    376. Plumbers
    377. Podiatrists
    378. Poets, Lyricists, and Creative Writers
    379. Police Detectives
    380. Police Identification and Records Officers
    381. Police Patrol Officers
    382. Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
    383. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    384. Political Scientists
    385. Postal Service Mail Carriers
    386. Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
    387. Private Detectives and Investigators
    388. Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
    389. Producers
    390. Product Safety Engineers
    391. Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
    392. Program Directors
    393. Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
    394. Prosthodontists
    395. Psychiatrists
    396. Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
    397. Public Relations Managers
    398. Public Relations Specialists
    399. Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
    400. Purchasing Managers
    401. Radiation Therapists
    402. Radiologic Technicians
    403. Radiologic Technologists
    404. Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
    405. Real Estate Brokers
    406. Real Estate Sales Agents
    407. Receptionists and Information Clerks
    408. Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
    409. Recreation Workers
    410. Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians
    411. Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
    412. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
    413. Registered Nurses
    414. Rehabilitation Counselors
    415. Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
    416. Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks
    417. Residential Advisors
    418. Respiratory Therapists
    419. Roofers
    420. Rough Carpenters
    421. Sailors and Marine Oilers
    422. Sales Agents, Financial Services
    423. Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities
    424. Sales Engineers
    425. Sales Managers
    426. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
    427. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
    428. School Psychologists
    429. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
    430. Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
    431. Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
    432. Security Guards
    433. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
    434. Set and Exhibit Designers
    435. Sheet Metal Workers
    436. Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
    437. Ship and Boat Captains
    438. Ship Engineers
    439. Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
    440. Skin Care Specialists
    441. Slaughterers and Meat Packers
    442. Social and Community Service Managers
    443. Social and Human Service Assistants
    444. Social Science Research Assistants
    445. Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
    446. Sociologists
    447. Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
    448. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
    449. Soil and Plant Scientists
    450. Solderers and Brazers
    451. Special Education Teachers, Middle School
    452. Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School
    453. Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
    454. Speech-Language Pathologists
    455. Statement Clerks
    456. Statisticians
    457. Storage and Distribution Managers
    458. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
    459. Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
    460. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
    461. Subway and Streetcar Operators
    462. Surgeons
    463. Surgical Technologists
    464. Survey Researchers
    465. Surveying Technicians
    466. Surveyors
    467. Talent Directors
    468. Tapers
    469. Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
    470. Teacher Assistants
    471. Team Assemblers
    472. Technical Directors/Managers
    473. Technical Writers
    474. Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
    475. Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
    476. Tellers
    477. Tile and Marble Setters
    478. Tire Repairers and Changers
    479. Tour Guides and Escorts
    480. Training and Development Managers
    481. Training and Development Specialists
    482. Transportation Managers
    483. Transportation Security Screeners
    484. Transportation Vehicle, Equipment, and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation
    485. Treasurers and Controllers
    486. Tree Trimmers and Pruners
    487. Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
    488. Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services
    489. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
    490. Urban and Regional Planners
    491. Veterinarians
    492. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
    493. Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    494. Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School
    495. Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
    496. Web Administrators
    497. Web Developers
    498. Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
    499. Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
    500. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
  10. Index