Criteria for determining today's top-rated jobs include several factors. The demand for these jobs is growing much faster than the 14 percent average growth rate for all occupations, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. Also, these career choices offer a variety of work environments and pay a good salary in correlation to education requirements.
According to the BLS, demand for software developers will grow by 30 percent through 2020, which is over double the average growth rate for other jobs. It's also a lucrative career choice, with a median annual salary of $90,530. The educational requirement for software developers is a bachelor’s degree, usually in computer science, software engineering or a comparable field like mathematics. These computer pros can choose from numerous industries, including computer systems design and product manufacturing, software publishing, finance or insurance, where they can assess their client’s software needs and then create software to solve the problem.
Registered nurses continue to be in high demand, and the BLS expects jobs in this profession to grow by 26 percent through 2020. Registered nurses earn an annual median salary of $64,690. This career is unique in that it has three educational options: a bachelor of science in nursing, an associate degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses may also wish to go further and earn a master's or a doctorate to assume administrative posts. They can work in various medical areas including dermatology, pediatrics, critical care and trauma. Additionally, they can choose from a range of work environments including hospitals, physician offices, home health care facilities or schools.
Market Research Analyst
Marketing research jobs are predicted to grow by 41 percent through 2020, according the BLS, which is almost triple the growth rate for other jobs. A career in this field also pays well, with a median yearly salary of $60,570. A bachelor’s degree in market research, business administration or a similar field is usually required. Marketing research analysts work in several types of industries including scientific, technical and professional companies where they conduct research to help organizations understand the types of products and services that would be profitable.
The BLS notes that through 2020, job growth for carpenters is expected to grow by 20 percent. Carpenters have a median yearly salary of $39,530 and there are no formal education requirements, per the BLS. Most carpenters receive on-the-job training or go through an apprenticeship. They may work in commercial, residential or industrial environments where they can assist in building homes, office buildings and other concrete structures.