What are the best US jobs during the Great Recession?

are the best US jobs during the Great Recession?

As the Great Recession tears holes in the workforce, people's ideas of a'good job' have changed a lot from the common image of the executive job. Management jobs still have a presence, but the list of what are considered good jobs across the US isn't all about suits and ties anymore.

Management is still high on the list of job categories which are all rated highly. Marketing managers, public relations managers and health industry managers were considered the best of the category. However, management jobs didn't get many mentions in the best jobs categories beyond those positions. By far, the majority of'best jobs' weren't managerial.

People's ideas of which are the best professional jobs have changed a lot. A quite unexpected range of jobs were considered the best among the professions. Traditional professional jobs like lawyers and financial sector jobs were still among the list, but other much less well known jobs, like actuaries, insurance claims adjusters and investigators, and market researchers were also considered among the best jobs. Writing and editing jobs were surprise entries into the list of best jobs, in a job market where these jobs are usually barely even mentioned as career options.

The IT industry is showing a definite class of jobs as the preferred jobs. Systems analysts, computer programmers, electrical and electronic engineers were the best of the technical jobs range. These jobs have become very highly rated as career jobs in recent years, but they weren't previously very conspicuous among the best jobs categories. Basic IT jobs didn't get a mention in any of the surveys.

The service industry's best jobs, surprisingly, turned out not to be all their best paying jobs. Chefs rated highest for pay in this sector, and best in the sector. Chefs are consistently among the top professionals in the service industry. The other jobs rated high in the service industry, though, like tour guides and recreational and fitness workers, were much lower paying jobs.

Interestingly, the sciences did very well in the good jobs ratings. Biologists, mathematicians, medical scientists, physicists, astronomers and epidemiologists rated as the best of the sciences.

There's been a big cultural shift in the change in definition of good jobs and it seems to be heading well away from the basic suburban job image. Making this point very noticeable among the best jobs were some of the most academic of academic studies. These very unfashionable, almost unknown jobs, like sociologists, economists, philosophy and statisticians, are traditionally ignored as careers, yet they made a crowd in the best jobs surveys.

These results are going to create a challenge for the employment and training industries. The ground has shifted far from the business graduate/corporate model, and seems to be moving further away as the workplace evolves. It remains to be seen how far, and how fast these changes will happen, but they're definitely already here.