What Are the Best and Worst Jobs?

One person's "best" job may be the "worst" for someone else. Want to make the most money or have the most fun? Do you prefer a high-stress job or slower pace work with more flexibility? It all comes down to personal goals and experience - and what's the best job for you at this stage of your career.

Here are the best and worst jobs looking at a variety of factors.

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Highest Paying Jobs

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Which jobs pay the best? Here's information on the best paying jobs including the highest paying jobs by level of education and type of position.

The Best Six Figure Jobs
Here are some of the jobs that are most likely to net you a high salary and good job opportunities.

Top 20 Highest Paying Careers
The top 20 careers on the list pay over $100,000 per year. Here are the top 20 occupations and information on how much each job pays.

Top 10 Unexpectedly High-Paying Jobs
From air traffic controllers to art directors, funeral managers to foresters, here's a varied range of jobs that bring in much more money than you might expect. Also take a look at these unconventional jobs with good prospects for employment.

Compare Salaries
Not sure how much a job will pay? Free salary comparison tools  compare salaries for jobs, industries and locations.

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Most Satisfying Jobs

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Everyone wants something different from a career. Some people want to earn a lot of money, others want flexibility, and others want to do meaningful work. A lot of what makes a job satisfying is very personal, but there are a few common factors that make a job fulfilling and enjoyable. 

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Top 10 Jobs You Can Qualify for Quickly

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Completing a short-term job training program can be just the ticket to gain access to a rewarding career. There are a surprising number of industries that you can enter without completing long degree programs.

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Best Cool Jobs

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 Are you looking for adventure? Do you want to travel or work at a job that's a strong match for your personal passion? Want to work in the great outdoors? Here's an overview of cool jobs in different fields, as well as information how to land one of these gigs, and inside information about what each job is really like.

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Best Jobs for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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The best jobs for aspiring entrepreneurs, which career paths to consider, how to get started, and where to gain the experience you need to start your own business.

 

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Best Jobs for Women Over 50

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It's always important to find a job that fits what you want to do for the rest of your career, but there are certain professions that are ideal for women over 50. Some of these jobs are ideal because they are flexible, while others are simply popular among women of this age group.

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Best Jobs With No Degree Required

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When you don't have a college degree, it can be challenging to find a good job. However, there are decent options out there. Here are the top 10 jobs where a four-year college degree is not required.

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Best Jobs for Night Owls

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 Looking for a job where you can work overnight hours? There are many different types of jobs available. Review 16 of the best jobs for night owls, along with education and training requirements, and salary potential.

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Best Jobs for Parents

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It can be hard to juggle work and family life while earning a paycheck. Here are good paying jobs that offer parents the flexible schedules they need to balance a career and parenthood.

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Best Jobs for People Who Want to Save the World

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 Do you want a job where you can make a difference in the world? Here are career options to consider, with educational requirements, average earnings, and job outlook.

For more options, there are green jobs that focus on sustainability and protecting our planet.

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Best Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads)

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There are good job options for parents who want to work from home.  The best options for stay-at-home moms and combine flexibility, adequate pay, and job satisfaction. 

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Best Legal Jobs

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The best legal jobs include more than just lawyer positions. Explore a wide range of professional opportunities in the legal and law enforcement industries and learn about the job duties, education, skills, job outlook, salaries and career resources

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Best Union Jobs

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 Workers who belong to a union typically have higher pay, a good benefits package, and a better retirement packages than non-union employees. Here are some of the best paid union jobs, and the industries which hire the best union workers.

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Top 12 Worst Jobs

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Review a ranking of the worst jobs based on salary, benefits, job opportunities, projected growth, and health and safety concerns.

Then take a look at some more not-so-good jobs - some on the lists might surprise you!

Industries With the Most Wage Stagnation
Industires like manufacturing, transportation, and health care (where workers have diminished leverage) have the lowest wage growth.
 

Top 25 Worst Paid Jobs
The top 25 worst paying jobs include positions in industries ranging from entertainment to transportation to health care. Here's a list of the lowest paying jobs.

Best and Worst Master's Degrees for Finding a Job
Here is a list of the top ten best and worst master's degrees for finding a job. The lists detail the median annual pay for mid-career workers with each degree and the average projected growth for popular jobs held by people with each degree.

Worst Jobs for Teens
These jobs are the worst not because they are boring or offer low pay, but because they are dangerous.