Top 100 Careers for 2017

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By, Special for  USDR just released the top 100 careers of 2017 to help job seekers navigate the job landscape. Job seekers can review the top 100 careers overall as well as the top careers by industry (i.e. healthcare, business, science, engineering, technical, etc.) in this detailed research  guide.

Top career rankings are valuable for those trying to discover the right career for them. While there are other career rankings online, leaves the subjective criteria out of their rankings and instead focuses on actual  statistics.

The career rankings are based on salary, salary potential, job outlook, employment numbers, changes in employment, and the typical education required to start the career. The data is collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor  Statistics.

Lisa Parmley, founder of said, “The factors we used for our rankings are important to many job seekers and are based on actual data. Of the six criteria, education is the most subjective. It’s true that not everyone is going to view needing a Master’s degree the same way, but we’ve added education in because there’s such a big cost in time and money when considering  college.”

Of the top 10 careers the study showed that only two careers (physicians and dentists) required a Doctoral or professional degree and only one (nurse practitioners) required a Master’s degree. The remaining seven require only a Bachelor’s degree to get  started.

“It’s one thing if you get into a career that pays a lot of money plus has a good job outlook, it’s another if it costs you over $100,000 in student loans and takes 8 years of college to even get started in that career,” says Parmley. “Adding in education helps round out the careers and gives a true snapshot of which careers really are most  ideal.”

The top careers overall and from each industry are listed  below:

Top Careers Overall

  1. Personal Financial Advisor
  2. Computer and IT Manager
  3. Physician
  4. Software Developer
  5. Management Analyst
  6. Dentist
  7. Financial Manager
  8. Computer System Analysts
  9. Nurse Practitioner
  10. Medical and Health Services Manager

Top Healthcare Careers

  1. Physician
  2. Dentist
  3. Nurse Practitioner

Top Science Careers

  1. Geoscientist
  2. Environmental Scientist and Specialist
  3. Physicist

Top Engineering Careers

  1. Biomedical Engineer
  2. Petroleum Engineer
  3. Civil Engineer

Top Business Careers

  1. Personal Financial Advisor
  2. Management Analyst
  3. Financial Manager

Top Technical Careers

  1. Computer and IT Manager
  2. Software Developer
  3. Computer System Analysts

Top Creative/Media Careers

  1. Producer and Director
  2. Film and Video Editor
  3. Art Director

Top Social Services Careers

  1. Attorney
  2. School Psychologist
  3. Psychiatrist

Top 6 Education  Careers

  1. Postsecondary School Teacher
  2. Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal
  3. Training and Development Specialist

See all the top career rankings  here:

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