Best Jobs For 2012

Getting hired is tough these days, but finding a job that you actually enjoy, get paid well and have an opportunity for growth may seem somewhat impossible. Well, it’s not. A recent report by US Jobs released this ranked list for the 10 best jobs for the next year. Factors that were taken into account include job satisfaction, projected growth and average salaries.

10. Occupational Therapist, National Median Salary: $72,881
Occupational therapists have various specializations and can range from facilitating the development and rehabilitation of mentally, physically, or emotionally disabled. According to the report, this is one of fastest growing occupations this decade, but to land one of the 36,400 positions available before 2020, you’ll have to earn a master’s degree from an accredited university.

9. Computer Programmer, National Median Salary: $90,589


Strong job satisfaction numbers, competitive salaries and excellent job prospects made computer programming make the list. Daily activities include programming computers, creating tests and monitoring current computer program performance. Unlike some of the others on the list, computer programmers might be able to enter the field with a two-year degree instead of a four-year bachelor’s.

8. Physical Therapist, National Median Salary: $74,905
Another booming healthcare job, physical therapists administer medically prescribed physical therapy treatment on patients suffering from injuries, or muscle, nerve, joint, and bone diseases, to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability. It’s the fastest growing on the list, with a reported 40% increase in open positions within the next 8 years.

7. Computer Systems Analyst, National Median Salary: $75,125
If you have great project management skills with an analytical flair, a computer systems analyst job might be right up your alley. They analyze and solve computer problems by meeting with clients and other departments to make sure the systems meet both of their needs. Minimum of a bachelor degree is required.

6. Web Developer, National Median Salary: $91,583
Technically savvy people with interest in creativity make excellent web developers. Daily grind includes planning, designing, developing, testing and monitoring websites. They apply knowledge of programming techniques and computer internet systems. Typically requires a four-year college degree in field of specialty; however, some companies may accept equivalent education and experience combined. It’s projected that 65,700 open positions will be available in the next few years.

5. Database Administrator, National Median Salary: $98,382
Excellent pay and great job outlook are just a few reasons why this job made the list. Responsibilities include using various database management systems to organize and store data. Qualifications typically include a bachelor’s degree in computer science or management information systems and certifications in different database platforms, depending on the type the company uses.

4. Medical Assistant, National Median Salary: $38,057
Limited formal training and excellent job prospects makes medical assisting an excellent opportunity for people with limited skills in this industry. Medical assistants take vital signs, such as pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight, and height, and records information on patients’ charts, as well as help physicians in many other miscellaneous tasks.

3. Pharmacist, National Median Salary: $119,988
Pharmacists earn the highest national median salary on the list. Responsibilities include dispensing prescribed medications, drugs, and other pharmaceuticals for patient care, according to professional standards and State and Federal legal requirements. Drawbacks include years of study, postgraduate residency, evening shifts, weekend work and even some holidays. Get ahead in the job hunt by securing internships early in your education.

2. Software Developer, National Median Salary: $94,638
Software Developers plan and conduct analysis, design products, and program computer software that requires extensive research. Typical background for this position is advance study/knowledge in the field of computer science or software engineering along with advanced knowledge of software development and methodologies.

1. Registered Nurse, National Median Salary: $73,147
One of the most expansive careers on the list, it’s supposed to grow by 26% within the next few years. General responsibilities include administering prescribed medications and treatments and observing patients, recording significant conditions and reactions, and notifying physicians of patient’s condition and reaction to drugs. Even though there are a lot of job openings, the competition is still fairly stiff. Determine your specialization early to gain an upper hand with more in depth experience.

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