There is no such thing as a “perfect job,” but those that are in high demand share some characteristics, including generous pay, a welcoming environment, and prospects for promotion. Indeed has been found that many of the best-paying professions are expanding rapidly and paying salaries in the six figures.
Indeed released research on Tuesday detailing the 20 greatest careers in the United States for 2022. The report prioritized jobs with a median income of $75,000 (the average of salaries indicated in job posts for that role) and a frequency of job postings on Indeed of at least 25 per 1,000,000. Jobs were evaluated by Indeed based on these two factors as well as the percentage increase in job postings for each position between 2019 and 2022.
A whopping four of the top ten jobs are in the healthcare sector, with registered nurses coming in at number one. An aging population and a surge in the number of persons living with chronic health conditions are contributing to the growing demand for health services in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Here are the top 10 jobs in the United States in 2022, as ranked by Indeed, and the entire list of the top 20 jobs is available here.
1. licensed nurse
- The national average wage is $84k.
- A Three-fourths of a percentage point increase in job posts is expected between 2019 and 2022.
- One must have completed either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in nursing and passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
2. an optometrist
- Salary Analysis: An Average of $118,389
- The number of job openings is projected to increase by 121% from 2019 to 2022.
- A Doctor of Optometry degree and successful completion of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examination is required.
3. Site resiliency engineer
- $137,324 is the average wage.
- Percentage increase in job posts, 2019-2022: 175%
- Bachelor’s degree and optional certificates are required.
4. Real estate agent
- Salary Calculator Average Salary: $82,015
- The number of job openings is projected to increase by 23% between 2019 and 2022.
- Acquiring a high school diploma and passing the real estate exam are prerequisites for entering the real estate market.
5. A Pharmacist
- Earnings on average: $101,589
- From 2019 to 2022, job openings are expected to increase by 83%.
- To become a licensed pharmacist in North America, one must complete the following educational requirements: a Bachelor’s degree, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
6. Driver of an over-the-road truck
- An average wage of $102,678
- Increase in job posts by percentage between 2019 and 2022: 242%
- A high school diploma or GED (not necessarily required), as well as a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and a commercial driver’s license (CDL) (CDL)
7. Software engineer
- Income on average: $126,127
- The number of job posts is expected to increase by 87% between 2019 and 2022.
- The minimum educational need is an associate degree, and a bachelor’s degree is preferred.
8. Nurse practitioner
- Earnings on average: $128,105
- Increase in job listings by a factor of 100 between 2019 and 2022.
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and passing score on NCLEX-NP exam; Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (ADN) with NCLEX-RN exam; National Board Certification Exam for Nurse Practitioners (NBNCP) pass score
9. Product designer
- Compensation: $113,722 on average
- Increase in job posts by percentage between 2019 and 2022: 128%
- No formal education is necessary, but a Bachelor’s degree is strongly suggested
10. Solar consultant
- With a median income of $121,329
- From 2019 to 2022, the number of available jobs is expected to increase by 131%.
- Typically, employers look for candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree, but sometimes will accept
According to the survey, recent layoffs and hiring freezes in the IT sector may have contributed to a decline in the sector’s ranking on Indeed compared to prior years. Indeed’s vice president of global talent acquisition and HR analytics, Scott Bonneau states that demand for workers remains “strong across the board” despite “softening hiring in the technology industry.”