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Money Magazine's Best Jobs in America

    
 


MONEY Magazine and Salary.com rate careers on salary and job prospects.

By Tara Kalwarski, Daphne Mosher, Janet Paskin and Donna Rosato

 

Top 10 Best Jobs

Human Resources Manager

MONEY Magazine and Salary.com researched hundreds of jobs, considering their growth, pay, stress-levels and other factors. These careers ranked highest:

1.  Software Engineer

2.  College professor

3.  Financial adviser

4 Human Resources Manager

5.  Physician assistant

6.  Market research analyst

7.  Computer IT analyst

8.  Real Estate Appraiser

9.  Pharmacist

10.  Psychologist

Human Resources Manager

Why it's great At more and more companies, HR is no longer about benefits administration and the employee newsletter. Those tasks are increasingly outsourced, and directors and vice presidents are considered strategic planners.

Even lower-level managers are expected to design employee programs that also benefit the bottom line. International HR and compliance are especially hot. There's a wide variety of work, from self-employed benefits specialists to corporate recruiters and HR generalists.

What's cool
The mission: to make work more rewarding for workers. You help shape corporate culture and strategy.

What's not
Fighting the "fluffy HR" stereotype; firing people.

Top-paying job
Senior HR directors make around $285,000; at the C-suite level, it's more like $1 million-plus.

Education
Bachelor's degree, often followed by master's level work or professional certification.

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