Choosing a college may be tough, but choosing a career is twice as hard. Not only do you need to choose a career that you enjoy, but you want one that offers good compensation, reasonable benefits, and a chance for growth.
The truth is that some careers are far better than others, so let's take a look at the careers that will be on the rise in 2014:
According to US News, the most attractive profession of 2014 is software developer. With more smartphones, game consoles, and computers than ever, things are becoming increasingly tech-centric. The median salary for a software developer in 2012 was just over $90,000 per year, but that number has gone up slightly.
Other great tech careers include security analyst, web developer, and computer systems analyst.
Every single person in the world will need health care at some point in their lives, making a career in this industry one that guarantees a steady stream of customers. Not only is there expected to be a growth in job openings, but the average salary of many health care professionals will increase as well.
Dentists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and dental hygienists are careers worth considering, according to U.S. News' Top 100 Jobs of 2014.
For those interested in the world of business, the career of market research analysis offers the best career path. There is expected to be a 31% growth in the next decade, plus a great uptick in salary.
Operations research analyst offers another viable option for those who want to start working with a bachelor-level degree. The career offers a very low unemployment rate, and a very high future increase in job openings. You're all but guaranteed to find a well-paid job if you're working towards advanced degrees in this career.
It may come as a bit of a shock, but the construction industry boasts some of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. There has been a 37.6% increase in the demand for insulation contractors, while both brick and blockmasons have seen a 35.5% uptick in job openings.
Construction managers will find that the unemployment rate is very low (just under 5%), and more than 78,000 new construction management jobs are expected to open up in the next decade. With the economy making a recovery after the Great Recession in 2008, the housing market is once again on the rise.
For those with a more artistic nature, jobs in the creative industry have continued to improve. Architects, PR Specialists, and Art Directors all earn their place on the U.S. News Top 100 Jobs of 2014 list, with a slight increase in job openings over the next decade. PR Specialists will see an increase thanks to the popularity of social media, while architects will steadily find more and more work as the housing and construction market recovers.
Having a hard time choosing your career? Consider these five industries above, and see if any of them interest you. You'll find that choosing one of these careers listed here will all but guarantee a good chance of finding a job when you finally do obtain that graduate degree.