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The Top Jobs for 2013

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The Top Jobs for 2014

The biggest news within this industry is that an information technology job usurped health care from the top slot. Software developer rose from No. 7 in 2013 to this year's most attractive profession, with employment expected to swell 23 percent by 2022. Our increased dependence on mobile software has fostered superb job opportunity for software developers, plus the salary is none too shabby - in 2012, their median salary was $90,060.

The new tech job to make our list shouldn't come as a surprise. In the past year, our airwaves and Internet feeds have been clogged with tales of compromised security, leaked intelligence and diminished privacy, so of course, positions No. 11 job, information security analyst, are popping up 36.5 percent between 2012 and 2022. Prospects are good, but the most desirable candidates should have a well-rounded computer education and some prior experience working in information technology. Certifications will also make you a top applicant.

Health Care
Take your pick of the 38 health care jobs, and you'll find the same story: There are more openings than applicants to fill them. Health care is the strongest job area of the economy right now.
Registered nurses are a barn-burner profession and should result in 526,800 new positions created at a rate of 19.4 percent. This year, registered nurse takes the No. 6 slot. No. 4 job, nurse practitioner, has a median salary of $89,960 and glowing job prospects. This job's growth will be spirited by health care reform, as nurse practitioners are qualified to perform physical exams and write prescriptions for the increased number of patients. No. 38 job, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse, should grow at a rate of 25 percent, with the most favorable prospects for those willing to work in rural areas.

Market research analyst, rose in the rankings from No. 21 to No. 15. Pedicts the 132,000 added jobs for this position should crop up at a speedy rate of 31.6 percent.

One new business job, operations research analyst, also places in the top half of our list with an ultra-low unemployment rate and 20,000 expected new openings. Duties for this No. 23 job include identifying logistical problems within an organization and using statistical analysis to solve them. Some might find an entry-level position with just a bachelor's degree, but it's budding analysts with an advanced degree who should have the best job chances

Social Services
Social services jobs introduce an element of surprise. Take, for instance, nail technician - the No. 49 job overall. It places above more traditional jobs in this sector, like lawyer (No. 51) , elementary school teacher (No. 64) and patrol officer (No. 69), partially because nail care is a low-cost luxury that people of many income levels can splurge on. Predicts 15.6 percent employment growth for this occupation by 2022. Though the median salary is somewhat low - only $19,220 in 2012 - many manicurists and pedicurists work part-time and have flexible schedules. Challenger isn't surprised that personal care jobs like nail technician, hairdresser (No. 65) and recreation and fitness worker (No. 70).

Construction jobs that possess the just-right blend of high demand and low unemployment that make the strongest showing for 2014. The unemployment rate for this industry's top-ranking job, construction manager, is 4.7 percent, helping it to rise from No. 50 in 2013 to No. 37 this year. With more than 78,000 new openings, the construction management work force should expand 16.1 percent by 2022.

For this industry, no news is good news. Architect, art director and public relations specialist - have held consistently respectable slots year after year. Public relations specialist continues to be the standout, ranking No. 85. As an architect (No. 92), your hiring fate will largely be tied to the strength of the construction industry. The predicts 17.3 percent employment growth in this field between 2012 and 2022.