MONEY Magazine and Salary.com researched hundreds of jobs, considering their growth, pay, stress-levels and other factors. What was the best job?
- 1. Software Engineer
Why it's great Software engineers are needed in virtually every part of the economy, making this one of the fastest-growing job titles in the U.S. Even so, it's not for everybody.
Designing, developing and testing computer programs requires some pretty advanced math skills and creative problem-solving ability. If you've got them, though, you can work and live where you want: Telecommuting is quickly becoming widespread.
The profession skews young -- the up-all-night-coding thing gets tired -- but consulting and management positions aren't hard to come by once you're experienced.
Check out these figures:
Average salary: $80,500
10-year growth: 46%
Average annual job openings: 44,800
Computer IT analyst was another job that has apparently not been outsourced into oblivion. It also made the top 10.
List of the top 50 jobs here.