The Best Job of 2014 Has Been Announced. Did You Study the Right Major in College?


The news: Sorry, humanities majors. You and I and everyone else in our freshman psychology class got a good kick in the pants today with the release of the U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Jobs rankings.

The top 10 is comprised of technology and health care occupations. Notably, this is the first year that a tech job has held the top spot. The lucky winner? Software developer, which could range from those who "design computer software, databases and games" to people "responsible for building operating systems." Maybe it's not too late to go back and take a computer science course.

Even though tech took the top spot, health care, just like previous years, dominated the top 10. Seven of the top 10 jobs were related to the health care field.

How exactly are the rankings calculating? U.S. News & World takes into account seven specific categories: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, job prospects, employment rate, stress level and work-life balance. Those individual categories are then weighted and averaged to calculate the overall ranking. Software developer had a top score of 8.4 out of 10 this year. 

Of course, the rankings acknowledge that selecting the right job is highly subjective: "There is no ideal way to label 'The Best Job,' since picking an occupation is personal." But sometimes, you have to face the cruel reality: "All jobs aren't created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest."

And with that, here are the 10 best jobs for this year, according to the U.S. News & World Report. If your job isn't on here, well, there's always next year.

(Check out the full list of the 100 best jobs here.)

The Top 10 Best Jobs: 

1. Software Developer

2. Computer System Analyst

3. Dentist

4. Nurse Practitioner

5. Pharmacist

6. Registered Nurse

7. Physical Therapist

8. Physician

9. Web Developer

10. Dental Hygienist