The US Economy: Top Jobs

One of the job hunting websites produced a list of “The 50 Best Jobs in America” this Featured Image -- 6826week.

The good news is that they exist. The bad news is most Americans aren’t qualified to take those positions.


Fourteen of these coveted positions are in computer technology:

  • DevOps Engineer
  • Mobile Ap Developer
  • Front End Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • UX Designer
  • Solutions Architect
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Data Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • User Interface Developer

Some are in engineering

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Process Engineer

Some, perhaps surprisingly, are in business management

  • Marketing Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Strategy Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Compliance Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Tax Manager
  • QA Manager
  • Engagement Manager (Sales/Account/Project Management)
  • Operations Manager
  • Communications Manager (Advertising/PR)
  • Audit Manager
  • Strategic Account Manager
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Accounting Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Executive Assistant
  • HR Generalist

The only positions on the list that might not require a BA degree are

  • Executive Assistant
  • Facilities Manager
  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist

Conversely, many of the positions really require a MA degree (MBA or masters in accounting, nursing or other field).

Now, 33.4% of Americans have a BA degree.(3) That’s two-thirds of American workers who cannot compete for these jobs. Only 9.3% have a masters degree.

While some people want to gloss over this, the notion of building a billion dollar company by dropping out of school is about as realistic as winning the lottery.  For 99.9% of people, it won’t happen. If you want a comfortable life and the ability to do things you consider fun, you have to build a financial foundation the old fashioned way. It starts with education.




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