Report: Here Are the 15 Best Jobs for 2020


The new year presents opportunities for new employment for many Americans. As 2020 begins, what are the best professions out there?

U.S. News & World Report just released its list of the 100 best jobs for 2020. It features some of the top career fields that are in demand across the country.

U.S. News compiled its rankings by weighing a number of vital aspects of a job, including median salary, opportunity for advancement and work-life balance.

Here Are the 15 Best Jobs for 2020

Here are some key findings from the report:

  • Software developer tops the list for the third straight year, but there are many changes beyond that
  • Health care positions make up nearly half of the list, accounting for 46 of 100 jobs in the report

Let’s look at the 15 best jobs for 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report:

Job TitleProjected PositionsMedian SalaryEducation Needed
Software Developer241,500$103,620Bachelor's Degree
Physician's Assistant37,000$108,610Master's Degree
Nurse Practitioner53,300$107,030Master's Degree
Statistician13,600$87,780Master's Degree
Speech Language Pathologist41,900$77,510Master's Degree
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon400$208,000Doctorate
Medical & Health Services Manager71,600$99,730Bachelor's Degree
IT Manager46,800$142,530Bachelor's Degree
Registered Nurse371,500$71,730Bachelor's Degree
Mathematician800$101,900Master's Degree
Physical Therapist54,200$87,930Doctorate

Check out the complete list here.

“Our 2020 U.S. News Best Jobs rankings is packed with health care, business and technology occupations,” says Whitney Blair Wyckoff, senior editor, advice products at U.S. News. “Though you may need a lot of schooling before you get your first job, many of these roles come with high salaries.”

Of course, going to college isn’t the only way you can earn a big salary. Here are some jobs that don’t require a four-year degree.

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