Last week, Fortune published an article titled ‘These Are the 25 Best Jobs for 2016’. It was based on Glassdoor’s rankings of jobs that have a combination of the most job openings and highest earnings potential.
I argue that the title of the article was wrong – these are not the ‘best jobs’. The adjective best should be reserved for matching a job to an individual. That match goes beyond salary and number of openings – it needs to consider an individual’s interests, values, aptitudes, and desired work characteristics. A job that is best for one person may not be best for another. A more apt title would have been ‘The Highest Paying, Most In Demand Jobs of 2016”.
But regardless of the title, the article had some great facts/content. A few items that jumped out at me were:
- 70% were STEM jobs with another 20% that could potentially be categorized as a STEM job depending upon the type of product a person works on.
- These jobs pay more – 1.5 to 3.0 times more than the average mean wage in the U.S.
- Software engineer is the most in demand job with over 49K openings on Glassdoor right now.
You should take a look at the list with your kids. Help them to learn about the jobs on the list (our app already covers 72% of the list and we add new careers every month). Perhaps they will find that one of these STEM jobs is a best fit for their interests, values, and desired work characteristics. And it doesn’t hurt that the job is also in high demand and pays well!