The 5 best jobs for the future

These jobs also are less stressful than others. Is one of them right for you?

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Jun 18, 2014 2:13PM

The very best future occupation is...

Retiree: The proliferation of small game fish in local lakes requires dedicated individuals who are adept in patience and stealth - skills long since mastered by retirement planning exercises.  Retirees can expect that they may question how they had the time to devote to work in the first place.  

10-year growth projection: At least 1 (probability of many more)

Annual withdrawal range: What I have realistically budgeted to live on
Typical education: Lifetime learning with a minor in baiting a fishhook
Stress score: 1.03 (Occasional bobber loss; lawn may need attention)
Jun 20, 2014 1:55PM
add grief counselor...for seniors looking at their retirement accounts
Jul 1, 2014 7:02AM
The last time MSN posted this article - which wasn't too long ago - Nursing was included. In fact, most of these kinds of articles they post are never consistent with the list of jobs and seem to have been thrown together on a whim, with one list of jobs morphing into a completely different list of jobs depending on who the publisher is - which tells me that perhaps the best job is "fluff" writer for the interwebs.
Jul 2, 2014 2:27PM
avatar justify your job by making stupid, oppressive laws and regulations that everyone but you have to live by.  Then you retire on the backs of hard working taxpayers.
Jun 21, 2014 5:53PM
Some of the salaries listed are totally unrealistic!
Jul 2, 2014 1:03PM
Ironically they were side by side on the list.  As long as there are brickmasons, there will be physical therapists for those bad backs, tendonitis, etc, etc.
Jun 21, 2014 12:01AM
I can't address all these careers, but I can talk about physical therapy.  It's a great career for those who like working with people and who enjoy the hands-on aspect of helping people to recover from illness or injury.  How much actual "hands-on" work any particular job involves depends on the patient population and the therapist's preferred techniques.  There is a huge variety in the patient population seen by PT's including pediatrics, people with severe burns or wounds, people who have suffered strokes or head trauma, people with spinal cord injuries, people with orthopedic surgeries like joint replacements or rotator cuff surgery, sports medicine, amputees, people who have multiple injuries such as car accident victims or victims of hit and run incidents, and people who are very sick and debilitated.  Obviously the age range of patients treated in PT also varies widely.  I have treated all these types of patients in my career. 

A patient must be improving-at least in physical therapy-in order to qualify for continued treatment; therefore, our experiences with patients tend to be positive.  (There would be no point in treating someone with a treatment that was not helping them anyway.)  One big negative that exists now is the amount of schooling required-a doctoral degree.  When I entered the field-it seems like ages ago-the highest possible degree in PT was a bachelor's degree. 
Jun 20, 2014 6:13PM
The best field for jobs in the future is in some form of engineering. 
Jul 2, 2014 1:44PM
It is funny they list physical therapist after brick mason. Your going to need it after 20 years of that job. 
Jul 2, 2014 1:34PM
Homeless Shelter Directors / intake counselors / food servers.
Jul 2, 2014 2:46PM
Forgot computer game critic.
It doesn't pay,  but the basement bedroom and mom's home cooking are nice fringe benefits.

Jul 2, 2014 3:54PM
Most promising job prospects involve unpacking items made in China and stocking Wal Mart shelves for minumum wage if you are lucky.
Jul 2, 2014 3:30PM
one item left out about brick mason----long before you are social security age your body is plain old--worn out
Good luck finding millenials who want to do any jobs that require them to get dirty or use their brains. Half these jobs'll be filled by imported workers just like the medical fields are around here. Every time you turn around a doctor with a name you can't say shows up from india.
Jul 2, 2014 3:19PM



You are right on the money.  I once saw a job posting on the Los Angles County website for a physical therapist w/starting salary approx. 90K.


Like your username; hope it inspires others to be mre hopeful.

Jul 1, 2014 12:54PM
And Actor/Actress ain't in the post Tho you don't need a Degree for Acting!! But the pay is Greater then all ;) That's what im saying!!
Jul 1, 2014 12:54PM
And Actor/Actress ain't in the post Tho you don't need a Degree for Acting!! But the pay is Greater then all ;) That's what im saying!!
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