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The Best Jobs Of 2012

Updated on March 17, 2012

2012 jobs

10. Occupational Therapist

Salary Range: $48,920-$102,520

Occupational therapists provide health care services to patients with mental, physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities. These highly trained professionals help people to function independently again. As the world population ages, this is one of fastest growing occupations but to land one of these jobs before the year 2020, you will need to be certified with at least a master's degree from an accredited college or university.

9. Computer Programmer

Salary Range: $40,820-$114,180

Computer programmers might be able to enter the field with a two-year degree instead of a four-year bachelor's and if you want to advance in this lucrative paying-career, you will need to keep yourself ahead of the pack and stay on top of new and emerging technologies. Apple has their talking computer assistant called Sirus available on its latest iPhone in which you can ask Sirus to tell you the weather in Los Angeles, New York, or both. Sirus can also tell you a joke or read back your text message by saying "Read back my last text." Sirus was created with one of many programming languages. You can expect competitive salaries and great job prospects as a computer programmer.

8. Physical Therapist

Salary Range: $53,620-$107,920

Physical therapists help people overcome hardship that deals with everyday walking and range of motion. Injured athletes, people who have had an arm or a leg amputated, and stroke victims will all need the help of a PT to get back their range of motion and build muscle strength.

7. Computer Systems Analyst

Salary Range: $48,360-$119,070

These professionals oversee computer systems to determine the technological needs of their clients and then help build a system to fulfill those needs. Some examples of needs might be overhead cost reduction, improving network speed, or upgrading the antiquated operating system to the latest and greatest model. Computer systems analysts sometimes act as the middle man between the client and team of software developers when going over a hardware specifications sheet. Get your bachelors degree from an accredited college and tune the analytical part of your left brain and get ready for this fun, yet, exiciting career.

6. Web Developer

Salary Range: $43,190-$119,940

Not every web site on the Internet looks the same and its all thanks to a web developers patience and imagination. These professionals are the people responsible for learning HTML code and building web pages that suit the average Internet user. It would be frustrating not being to find the "login" or "pay bill" link on a web page and the process of creating web pages requires patience and imagination. Oh yeah, web developers pay attention to the size of words and colors that are implemented into the web page. A bachelor's degree or having a few certifications is the way to go.

5. Database Administrator

Salary Range: $41,570-$115,660

As companies do away with their file cabinets and rely on datachips to store information, database administrators (DBAs) are the professionals responsible for building those databases to house information. MySQL and Oracle are prized certifications to obtain for this career path and having your bachelor's degree, or master's, will push your salary even higher.

4. Medical Assistant

Salary Range: $20,810-$40,190

Although this career is not as lucrative as computer science positions, hospitals, hospices, outpatient clinics, and every other establishment that provides healthcare services will need medical assistants. Some vocational high schools and colleges offer training to become a medical assistant. You can also receive specialized training in on specific service such as optometry or obstetrics-gynecology.

3. Pharmacist

Salary Range: $82,090-$138,620

Pharmacists earn one of the highest average salaries in the health care field but they must go through grueling years of training, pass several examinations and do a year of residency before they can put on their white coats. You would think a computer could accurately making pills for the people. With excellent job prospects, put in your internship application early and you'll be living a carefree life working mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

2. Software Developer

Salary Range: $54,360-$87,790

If you want to try your hand at creating, maintaining, removing bugs, and restoring computer software, a career as a software developer can be very, very lucrative. Be sure to learn as much on-the-job training as possible as this is just one way some software developers are able to advance up the job ladder in their company based on just their experience. Writing code should be easy but renewing or revamping old code altogether to improve business processes will have your company president promoting you to chief information officer (CIO).

1. Registered Nurse

Salary Range: $44,190-$95,130

Nursing can be general or specific. If you want to be a mental health nurse, you can be a mental health nurse. If you want to bandage people coming out of surgery, help people in long-term care, and you want to stay away from the mental health ward, as a nurse, you can do that. A four-year degree from an accredited nursing school will give you the registered nurse (RN) title, and you better believe that having RN next to your job title will pay you about $20,000.00 more than a licensed practical nurse (LPN). So which do you prefer, LPN or RN? Let's go with RN and keep it simple because as the whole world knows, people are getting older and those old people will need nurses to care for them.

And there you have it, the best jobs of 2012.

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