Every year, to help people decide on a steady career, U.S. News & World Report publishes a ranking of the best jobs. This year, for the first time ever, the number one spot was taken by an information technology job over one in the health care industry. In fact, the first and second slots were filled by software developers and computer systems analysts. The rise of mobile devices has largely fueled growth in the software development sector, where job growth is expected to climb an additional 23% by 2022.
Jada Graves, U.S. News & World Report’s senior editor, careers, explains, “On our list, software developer is a blanket job name for professionals who could work building applications or those who create operating systems, and they’re in high demand since companies want to expandand enhance their products, from cell phones to operating systems to mobile games. This is augmented by the fact that the unemployment rate for this type of work is really low and the pay is good.”
The report focused on 100 jobs, and health care still held strong, taking 38 spots total, with seven ranking in the top ten. A few other highlights: the top business job was market research analyst; public relations specialist took the top slot for creative jobs; and school psychologist was first for social services jobs. The ranking were based on a variety of factors, such as average salary, growth potential, work-life balance, and more.