The best job of 2014 has just set a national record this year when U.S. News & World report revealed the winners. If health care jobs were among Americans’ favorite until now, choices have shifted dramatically and although this category is still between the top ten, the tech savvy have spoken. For the first time ever, the occupation which enjoys the biggest growth and the most satisfactory salaries is found in the technology area.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed “the highest projected number of openings from 2012 to 2022” and after taking into consideration the 10-year growth volume and percentage, employment rate, median salary, future job prospects, work-life balance and stress level, the first two choices were both tech occupations. Technology has succeeded to top the list and dethrone health care thanks to the fact that software developers earn over $93.000, which means a bit under $45 per hour and “almost double the annual income of the average American worker.”
The healthcare industry is still one of the most in demand domains in 2014, a fact backed up the industry’s monopoly on the top established by U.S. News & World. Although health care jobs represent 40% of the occupations on the list and seven out of the top ten, the best job of 2014 in the U.S. impresses through both salary and recent boom.
The Most Desirable Occupation
Software developers are a big part of the everyday life; they are in the alarm clock that wakes people up, they are also in the app that informs people about their bank accounts and they are the central reason why games are blossoming these days.
In short, software developers connect the technological world with the static environment and the Internet of Things is attainable only with their help. For this reason, the best job of 2014 belongs to those who sit in front of the computer and mould the digital reality. Although this occupation is usually related to designing programs, there are other responsibilities that the tech savvy are known for, such as “testing and debugging the software and maintaining and improving it once it’s in operation.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that this domain consists of about 139.900 jobs that need to be filled and its unemployment rate does not go higher than 2.8%.
The U.S.’ second best job of 2014 is occupied by computer system analysts, whose responsibilities are to analyze the interaction and make recommendations “to help a company or organization operate more efficiently.”
Although this year dentists, nurse practitioners and pharmacists fill the short-listed top five, the best job of 2014 in the U.S. belongs to software developers. The unprecedented changes brought to the top usually ruled by the health care jobs brings a new meaning to the saying “software will eat the world.” As technology advances and becomes part of the once-static environment, it becomes clear that professionals who ace this domain become in demand thanks to their ability to shape the digital world on the spot. As Bill Gates once said, “computers are great because when you’re working with them you get immediate results.”
By Gabriela Motroc