The 100 Best Jobs and Careers

Mary Gormandy White
Reviewed by Human Resource Management Expert Mary Gormandy White
People in a variety of occupations

How do you determine the best jobs or careers? There is no one answer for everyone. The barometer by which you measure the best job or career for you will almost always be different from someone else. Check out the following job lists to find 100 great jobs and careers that may give you some ideas.

10 Top Ten Lists

From the best information technology jobs to the best paying jobs for women to the best home-based jobs, these top ten lists offer a wide variety of possibilities for all stages of the job hunting experience.

10 Best Technology Jobs

If you're looking for a job in the technology field, you may just hit the jackpot. According to InformationWeek, some of the top information technology jobs for 2016 - with median base salaries ranging from $85,000 to $1235,000 - include:

  • Analytics Manager
  • Mobile Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • QA Manager
  • Software Architect
  • Software Development Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Solutions Analyst
  • UX Designer

With the growth of IT and the expanded use of computers and other technology, these jobs can be found in tech firms and corporate environments for just any field.

10 Best Work-From-Home Jobs

Home-based career opportunities have been a growing trend for more than two decades. According to BankRate, in 2016 the following ten jobs are great work-from-home positions that offer legitimate opportunities:

  • Call center representative

  • Franchise owner

  • Virtual assistant

  • Medical transcriptionist

  • Teacher/tutor

  • Tech support specialist

  • Translator

  • Travel agent

  • Web developer/designer

  • Writer/editor

Each of these jobs requires a firm personal commitment, strong time management skills, and devotion to work duty. Working from home offers great benefits but requires greater motivation to get the job done.

10 Happiest Jobs

Every year, CareerBliss reviews analyzes "thousands of independent employee reviews" to identify the "happiest jobs in America." A variety of factors are taken into consideration, including company culture, work environment, management, and total rewards. In 2016, the winners are:

  • Android developer

  • Chief operating officer

  • Chief technology officer

  • Full stack developer

  • Lead developer

  • Lead engineer

  • Research assistant

  • Senior java developer

  • Recruiter

  • Software QA engineer

Generally speaking, the most satisfying jobs allow you to do what you love while being sufficiently compensated and appreciated.

10 Best-Paying Jobs for Women

Woman pharmacist writing notes on a clipboard compiled a list of the best-paying jobs for women in 2016. These positions have median salaries between approximately $95,500 and $67,700 per year. These are professional positions centered on healthcare, business, science, and technology. The top ten highest-paying jobs for women are:

  • Chief executive
  • Computer programmer
  • Engineer
  • Lawyer
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Management analyst
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Operations research analyst
  • Pharmacist
  • Software developer

Women still generally earn fewer cents on the dollar than men, but high paying professional jobs may somewhat narrow that gap.

10 Fastest-Growing Jobs

Physicians Assistant

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the following ten jobs are expected to have the fastest growth rate between 2014 and 2024.

  • Ambulance drivers/attendants
  • Commercial divers
  • Home health aids
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Occupational therapy assistants/aids
  • Physical therapist assistants/aides
  • Physical therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Statisticians
  • Wind turbine service technicians

These facts come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

10 High-Paying Jobs That Only Require a High School Diploma

Whether you're looking for a job straight out of high school or seeking work while finishing your college degree, the following jobs are the highest-paying positions that only need a high school diploma. In 2016, CBS News published a list of "10 well-paying jobs that don't require a degree" on the MoneyWatch section of its website.

  • Bingo manager

  • Claims adjuster

  • Equipment operator

  • Insurance agent

  • Lodging manager

  • Real estate broker

  • Sommelier

  • Telecommunications technician

  • Waste disposal personnel

Some of these jobs may require short-term coursework, on-the-job training, or a professional license.

10 Best Summer Jobs for High School Students

One of the benefits of a long summer vacation between academic years is seasonal employment for high school students. The following jobs were included in a 2015 list compiled by Payscale and Fortune magazine.

  • Barista
  • Camp counselor
  • Cashier
  • Host/hostess (restaurant)
  • Mover
  • Office clerk
  • Retail sales
  • Stock clerk
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Warehouse worker

This list was assembled using data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

10 Best Jobs for Retirees

Retirees like jobs that help them earn extra money while keeping them busy. For many of them, temporary or part-time jobs are ideal opportunities that still leave time for other activities. In 2015, TheFiscalTimes suggested the following ten jobs to retirees employment opportunities.

  • Adjunct instructor
  • Babysitter
  • Consultant
  • Crafter
  • Mystery shopper
  • Retail associate
  • Uber driver
  • Virtual assistant
  • Volunteer (if you're seeking non-financial rewards!)
  • Your current/post-retirement job (on your terms, adjusted for post-retirement schedule)

Obviously going to school is not an actual job, but you may want to take a few classes to expand your knowledge. These classes may lead to a job in which you are more interested.

10 Jobs That Let You Travel

Looking for a job that gets you out into the world? Not all travel jobs require highly specialized skills. Business News Daily put together a solid list of travel-based jobs in 2016. These positions range in salary and skill set, but all offer the unique opportunity of seeing the world.

  • Au pair
  • Auditor
  • Cruise line worker
  • English as a second language (ESL) teacher
  • Flight attendant
  • Railroad worker
  • Retail buyer
  • Sales representative
  • Traveling nurse
  • Truck driver

These jobs fulfill your sense of adventure and offer a good level of compensation.

10 Sexiest Jobs

While all jobs are important, some are considered sexier than others. Do you have a sexy job? U.S. News & World Reports reports the following jobs are among those most frequently right-swiped on Tinder as of February 2016.

  • Founder/entrepreneur (men & women)
  • Interior designer (women)
  • Pilot (men)
  • PR/communications (women)
  • Firefighter (men)
  • Doctor (men)
  • Model (men & women)
  • Teacher (men & women)
  • TV/radio personality (men)
  • Physical therapist (women)

It's interesting to see the similarities and differences for men and women, as well as the positions that made the list for both.

The Bottom Line

All personal preferences aside, if your focus is technology, healthcare, or business, there may be more options for you to find your ideal job. The lists of the 100 best jobs and careers are running over with business, healthcare, and technology positions, as well as other options. Of course, the best job for you may not be the best job for someone else. You have to decide what you want and need to make a job - any job - your best job.

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