job market’s getting stronger -- finally! So when we set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, we not only looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities, but ones that are satisfying as well. Other big factors: pay (how strong it is now, and how fast it's growing) and how many jobs are in the field overall.
We also weighed how meaningful or low stress a job is, how difficult it is to enter the field, and the likelihood of moving up the ladder (considering, where possible, how many people end up in higher job titles 5 years down the road). And for the first time this year, we factored in, where possible, ability to telecommute. Here are the details:
CNNMoney and compensation experts PayScale.com began with more than 14,500 job titles, and identified those that require at least a bachelor's degree:
From that group, we then identified and ranked the top 100 based on a variety of data. Most heavily weighted:
Other factors included:
When there were multiple job titles from the same category among the top jobs, we selected the one with the highest overall rating. Comments? E-mail the editor