Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

  • Rank
  • Job title
  • Median pay
  • Job growth
1 Biomedical Engineer $87,000 61.7%
2 Clinical Nurse Specialist $86,500 26%
3 Software Architect $121,000 27.6%
4 General Surgeon $288,000 24.4%
5 Management Consultant $110,000 29.1%
6 Petroleum Geologist $183,000 21.2%
7 Software Developer $88,700 27.6%
8 IT Configuration Manager $95,800 28.5%
9 Clinical Research Associate $95,100 36.4%
10 Reservoir Engineer $179,000 17%
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Are these great jobs, or what?
It's still a tough job market, so when CNNMoney, in partnership with data from, set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, first and foremost we looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities.

Other big factors: pay (how strong it is now, and how fast it's growing), overall job satisfaction, and how many jobs are in the field overall.

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