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Best Jobs in America 2012

source: Yahoo

CNNMoney set out to find America’s Best Jobs this year, first and foremost they 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.

CNNMoney also incorporated data from compensation experts PayScale.com’s 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.  Checkout the full list after the jump.


1. Biomedical Engineer

Median pay: $79,500
Top pay: $124,000
10-year job growth: 61.7%
Total jobs*: 15,700

2. Marketing Consultant

Median pay: $92,100
Top pay: $208,000
10-year job growth: 41.2%
Total jobs*: 282,700

3. Software Architect
Median pay: $119,000
Top pay: $162,000
10-year job growth: 24.6%
Total jobs*: 3,426,000

4. Clinical Research Associate
Median pay: $90,700
Top pay: $129,000
10-year job growth: 36.4%
Total jobs*: 100,000

5. Database Administrator
Median pay: $87,200
Top pay: $122,000
10-year job growth: 30.6%
Total jobs*: 110,800

6. Financial Adviser

Median pay: $90,200
Top pay: $206,000
10-year job growth: 32.1%
Total jobs*: 206,800

7. Market Research Analyst

Median pay: $63,100
Top pay: $97,700
10-year job growth: 41.2%
Total jobs*: 282,700

8. Physical Therapist

Median pay: $76,700
Top pay: $99,000
10-year job growth: 39.0%
Total jobs*: 198,600

9. Software Developer

Median pay: $84,200
Top pay: $121,000
10-year job growth: 24.6%
Total jobs*: 3,426,000

10. Occupational Therapist

Median pay: $74,900
Top pay: $102,000
10-year job growth: 33.5%
Total jobs*: 108,800

*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS ‘job family.’

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2 comments
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  2. ! I am in that same rut, slump, hole, whatever you want to call it. I crave to be somtheing truly spectacular and not cookie cutter. I feel unique for a moment and then turn around and see a hundred+ people just like me. I do not stand out. I am not an original. I just blend. I do NOT wish to blend. I’m not saying I crave stardom or fame either, but I would love to deem myself truly worthy of being an artist. Anyway.. I could go on and on and on about this topic. It’s WILD that you would write about this today. Your words are EXACTLY how I feel. I need to find myself some inspiration, confidence, and direction. Thank you for posting this. It’s great to see a photographer whom I look up to, struggle with these very same issues. I mean.. I’m not happy that you are struggling . lol just makes me feel normal perhaps. Good luck with your soul search. Being around Zach will be INCREDIBLE no doubt. I am so jealous you are going to hang with him!!! That will surely light a fire under your bum if nothing else does!!!! ENJOY that. I wish I could afford to meet him. :O)Thanks for posting this topic too. I look forward to seeing what your outcome will be. As for me? I need a project to focus on. Something that pushes me to be better. Something that is from my soul and not just the robotic shutter clicks that I seem to fall into client after client after client .. All my best!<3J

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