A List of the Best Careers for 2007

U.S. News and World Report has come up with this list of the 25 best careers of 2007. There are the obvious ones like a doctor, dentist, engineer, and professor. But, there are also some surprising ones like medical scientist, librarian, urban/regional planner, and a fundraiser. The four criteria they graded the jobs on are Job Market Outlook, Attainability, Prestige, and Quality of Life.

Once again, physician’s assistant shows up as one of the best careers. My wife made a great pick for a career! I was surprised not to see financial advisor/planner on this list. This is a career that I am interested in, and CNN money rated it as one of the top five careers, in their opinion. I think it should be considered one of the best careers, because the income potential is high, the flexible schedule is nice, and the job market outlook has to be good because the baby boomers are getting older which means they’ll need more guided advice about their retirement money.

My personal opinion is that you should pick a career that coincides with something you are passionate about. There are certain subjects that strike a different chord for us. Some of us love music, art, writing, computers, or counseling people. Whatever it is, there is a career that matches up with that passion. The problem is that we get too wrapped up in the more prestigious careers, because it sounds good to say you are a dentist, doctor, or engineer at a dinner party. Could you imagine someone saying at a party, “I’m a professional blogger”. You would get some strange looks, but I know quite a few people that make six figures just from running informational blogs or websites.

What is important to you when it comes to picking a career?