Report: 2019’s Best Jobs

By: Lauren Mineau

New rankings from U.S. News & World Report project which roles are expected to be the best jobs of this year based on multiple aspects. The company, which analyzes consumer trends, based the rankings on a job’s growth potential, work-life balance and salary.

For the second year in a row, software developer earns the top rank overall. The company estimates there to be more than 250,000 available jobs in this field and an average salary of $101,790, along with a low unemployment rate. As more and more apps and digital services come into play, there is a growing need for people behind the scenes making sure it all works.

Many of the top jobs are in the medical field, like surgeon, anesthesiologist and obstetrician. But the company does narrow down ranking by field. As far as technology and STEM jobs go, computer systems analyst, IT manager, and statistician jobs are in the highest rankings. IT jobs are increasing rankings annually as more and more information goes digital. Companies are prioritizing keeping information safe, driving a 12% employment growth for managers in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Interestingly enough, a seemingly antiquated job came in first in the best engineering jobs list: Cartographers have a 0.7% unemployment rate and jobs are expected to continue opening through 2026. But cartographers of today aren’t like Leonardo da Vinci: they’re creating digital maps to help get people from A to B using smartphones rather than sailboats.

The demand for accurate maps on web platforms is in high demand, especially in mobile applications.

"Since [2001], we have seen the explosion of interactive maps; the democratization of cartographic tools, cloud-based tools and data storage; print on demand; as well as the ever changing trends in screen,” Tanya Buckingham, assistant director of the Cartography Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, told U.S. News & World Report.