Infographic of the Day: The Best Jobs in America

What jobs earn the most, and will be most plentiful, in the coming decade?

Recently, CNN.com produced a Top 100 list of the best jobs in America. And it wasn't particularly compelling until Focus.com put it in this infographic, which summarizes the results (click the link for full-size):

Best Jobs in America

The most interesting data is in the parentheticals--in particular, the number of people actually employed in that job, which gives you some sense of how large the employment opportunity actually is:

Best Jobs in America

But still, this could have all been way better: The data's drawn from the Bureau of Labor statistics, which also projects growth rates for each of the occupations in the study. (All of the jobs in the list have growth rates of at least 10%.)

BTW, we actually highlighted the aggregate growth rates here, in another IGOTD. But we're still waiting for the killer infographic that lets us know both what jobs are hot, plentiful, and fast-growing in a single, awesome IGOTD.

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  • Thorsten Claus

    I agree with J C - in addition to seeing growth rates, entrance barriers to a job are interesting as well - an Anesthesiologist might have a high salary, but you have to go through an MCAT testing, get a spot at a highly rated college, go through four years of med-school, pay 160k, go through an additional 2 years of residency and an additional 2-4 years of specialization, all in which you don't earn too much.... and the competition is pretty fierce.

    I'm not sure what metrics one could define for "entrance barrier", but it would be interesting to see ;)

  • J C

    It is important to note that, it seems that these are positions at the top of their game. You start out as Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor. Many stay at Associate their entire career! A full "Professor" may not reach that salary until they are a few years from retirement. Also, numbers that high for Professor may never be reached depending on the field. Medical, science, law, and engineering professors can make much more than that while fields in the liberal arts may make less.
    I think the veterinarian numbers are off too. Average is around 60,000 a year at best for small animal practice. This data may be skewed by large animal vets for commercial operations and research.