Best Jobs of 2014

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After reading reports from MSN Money, Business Insider, and US News and World Reports, we have created a list of nine of the best jobs to pursue this year. They were chosen for having a good combination of projected job openings, good salaries, job security, and a good work-leisure balance. Read on to learn more about some of the best jobs of 2014 (not listed in any particular order)!

  1. Software developer: These are the people responsible for today’s most popular iOS and Android apps! You can thank them for getting you addicted to Flappy Bird or Candy Crush Saga. In addition to application developers, US News and World Reports says that software developers can also focus on building entire operating systems (as opposed to the apps/programs that run within the operating systems).
  2. Web developer: This job includes the men and women who make sure your company’s website looks sleek and modern instead of outdated and frumpy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this is one of the fastest-growing careers on the market, with a projected growth of 20% in the next eight years.
  3. Dentist: It’s hard to imagine a time when we wouldn’t need a dentist. Everyone has teeth, and everyone needs to take care of those teeth, so it’s unlikely that dentistry will go out of style anytime soon.
  4. Dental hygienist: Jobs in this field are predicted to expand by 33% in the next eight years. These men and women are responsible for cleaning teeth and educating patients on proper care of their teeth and gums.
  5. Nurse practitioner: Similar to other patient-focused healthcare professionals (physicians and registered nurses), nurse practitioners are qualified to give patient exams, prescribe medications, authorize various treatments, and give advice to patients on what course they should take for care in the future. They can work independently of physicians, which is another draw for some job-seekers!
  6. Pharmacist: This profession is mostly customer service, with some technical knowledge mixed in as well. Pharmacists can be employed at healthcare facilities (hospitals, doctors’ offices) or retail facilities (chain pharmacies). The median annual salary for a pharmacist is in the $115,000 range.
  7. Physician: Just like most other healthcare careers, the demand for physicians is rising. America’s population is aging and their health concerns require the services of many healthcare professionals.
  8. Physical therapist: PT’s work their magic by helping patients regain mobility, flexibility, and strength after illness or injury. They may consult with other healthcare professionals to determine a treatment path, measure their patients’ current status, and create a plan to help patients reach their physical health goals.
  9. Registered Nurse: In the next eight years, employment growth in the nursing field is forecasted at more than 19%, according to US News and World Reports. RNs may focus on a specific body part, group of people, or health condition (for example: dermatology, pediatrics, and oncology, respectively). They have a lot of flexibility when choosing the area of healthcare they’ll practice.

This post was written by a guest contributor for MSU Executive Development, featuring the MSU Executive Education program.