Unexpectedly Intriguing!
27 June 2006

Money magazine is out with its latest list of the "best" jobs in the U.S. for 2006! In doing so however, we once again have an example of a mainstream media outlet whose idea of putting information online only involves reproducing the same list they put in their print edition. Is that really good enough in this day and age? We here at Political Calculations say "No, we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take this anymore!"

Okay, we're not quite that angry, but we're motivated enough to take matters into our own hands. That's why we've taken Money's list of the best jobs in the United States and reproduced it below - but unlike Money magazine's version, we've put it into a dynamic table format that you may use to sort the list according to what you might like to see. Want to find the lowest paying job on the list? Just click the "Average Salary and Bonus" column heading! Want to rank the jobs according to their 10-year growth prospects? Click the "10-Year Forecast Job Growth" column heading! And, if you want to rank them in reverse order, just click the appropriate column heading again!

At some point, we realize that the MSM folk will catch on and start producing their own dynamic tables, but in the meantime, we're happy to provide more functional versions of the lists they produce....

The "Best" Jobs in the U.S. for 2006
RankCareer10-Year Forecast Job GrowthAverage Salary and Bonus
1Software Engineer46.07080427
2College Professor31.39081491
3Financial Advisor25.92122462
4Human Resources Manager23.47073731
5Physician Assistant49.65075117
6Market Research Analyst20.19082317
7Computer/IT Analyst36.10083427
8Real Estate Appraiser22.78066216
11Advertising Manager20.34107049
12Physical Therapist36.74054883
13Technical Writer23.22057841
15Medical Scientist34.06070053
16Physical Scientist12.18080213
18Curriculum Developer27.53055793
20Public Relations Specialist22.61084567
21Sales Manager19.67135903
23Property Manager15.30078375
26Social Service Manager25.52074854
28Health Services Manager22.76092211
29Advertising Sales Agent16.330112683
31Management Analyst20.12063426
32Occupational Therapist33.61051973
33Mental Health Counselor27.18053150
34Landscape Architect19.43050383
35Biotechnology Research Scientist17.05066393
36Urban Planner15.17060891
38Speech-Language Pathologist14.57058329
39Meeting and Convention Planner22.21056072
41Biological Scientist17.03061317
42Financial Analyst17.33066203
45Environmental Scientist17.11059027
46Lab Technologist20.53051502
47Registered Nurse29.35068872
48Sales Engineer13.96078875
50School Administrator14.55073767


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