It's still a tough job market out there, so when we set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, first and foremost we looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities. Another big factor: how well the job pays, since being able to make a good living is especially important now. We also considered softer issues, like how satisfying, flexible, or low stress a job is. Here are the details:
CNNMoney and compensation experts PayScale.com began with more than 9,000 job titles and identified those that require at least a bachelor's degree:
We also incorporated data from a PayScale.com survey of more than 120,000 workers. Employees ranked their jobs on quality-of-life factors such as stress, flexibility, satisfaction and how they feel their job affects the world. Ease of entering the field also was considered.
For the Best New Jobs in America, we looked at job titles in PayScale's database that were experiencing relatively high growth over the past five years, as indicated by an increase in job profiles on the site. We selected the top 6 based on their projected 10-year job growth and median pay for experienced workers.