Best Job of 2014

Gabriel Molinar

Software Developers (Applications and Systems Software)

create or modify the software that runs computers and other technologies like phones, network routers and switches. The Windows 8 or Mac OS X operating systems, for example, are created by team of hundreds of developers.

Salary-$43.30 hourly, $90,060 annual

Total employment in 2013: 1,042,402 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 104,348 (up 11%)

they want to extract, parse and apply Big Data to to make smarter business decisions and create better solutions for clients,” Ferguson says. “Software developers play a key role in these initiatives.”

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

Salary-$28.99 hourly, $60,300 annual

Total employment in 2013: 438,095 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 54,979 (up 14%)

They also help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

Training and Development Specialists

Design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.

Salary-$26.89 hourly, $55,930 annual

Total employment in 2013: 231,898 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 18,042 (up 8%)

Instead of waiting for the perfect hire in a competitive environment, companies are training candidates who have potential and can grow into the position.”

Financial Analysts

Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Total employment in 2013: 257,159 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 17,060 (up 7%)
Median hourly earnings: $37.34

Physical Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Total employment in 2013: 207,132 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 14,011 (up 7%)
Median hourly earnings: $37.93

Web Developers

Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Total employment in 2013: 136,921 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 13,364 (up 11%)
Median hourly earnings: $27.84


Analyze and coordinate the logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.

Total employment in 2013: 127,892 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 11,897 (up 10%)
Median hourly earnings: $35.08

Database Administrators

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Total employment in 2013: 119,676 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 11,241 (up 10%)
Median hourly earnings: $37.39

event Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

Total employment in 2013: 87,082 jobs
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 10,867 (up 14%)
Median hourly earnings: $22.56

Interpreters and Translators

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Total employment in 2013: 69,887
Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 8,377 (up 14%)
Median hourly earnings: $22.39