Top 10 Best Jobs of 2011

best jobs 2011With a boost from the development of apps for iPods, tablets, smart phones and other devices, the profession Software Engineer has jumped to the top of the new 2011 Jobs Rated Report released today by's Jobs Rated Report utilizes a wide range of criteria sucha as income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands to rank 200 U.S. jobs annually.

"A college education played a large role in this year's rankings," says Tony Lee, publisher of the 2011 Jobs Rated Report, which has been conducted for more than a dozen years. "Not only do the top 5 jobs pay more than twice as much when comparing mid-level incomes as the bottom 5 jobs ($83,777 per year vs. $30,735 per year), they all benefit from a college degree and math skills."

"Job seekers who want to compete for the nation's best jobs will gain a competitive edge by expanding their knowledge and skill set through higher education," says Mr. Lee.

10. Dental Hygienist

Average Hourly Rate: $32.14

What They Do: Dental hygienists clean teeth and help patients develop and maintain good oral health. Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend schedules are common.

Job Outlook: Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations. Job prospects are expected to be favorable in most areas, but competition for jobs is likely in some areas.*

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9. Audiologist

Average Salary: $63,215

What They Do: Audiologists assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders.They may fit hearing aids, provide auditory training, and perform research related to hearing problems.

Job Outlook: Employment growth is projected to be much faster than average. However, because of the small size of the occupation, few job openings are expected. An Au.D. degree is desirable.*

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8. Historian

Average Salary: $47,140

What They Do: Historians research, analyze, and interpret the past. Those with a bachelor's degree in history may work as high school history teachers.

Job Outlook: The number of applicants typically outnumbers the number of positions available, making historian positions are quite competitive.*

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7. Biologist

Average Salary: $50,132

What They Do: Biological scientists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. Most biological scientists specialize in one area of biology, such as zoology (the study of animals) or microbiology (the study of microscopic organisms).

Job Outlook: Employment of biological scientists is expected to increase much faster than the average. *

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6. Meteorologist

Average Salary:$51,208

What They Do: Meteorologists study and forecast weather patterns in the short term using data collected from sophisticated technologies like atmospheric satellite monitoring equipment and ground-based radar systems.

Job Outlook: Although employment is expected to increase faster than average, those with graduate degrees have an edge over applicants with only a bachelor's degree.*

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5. Computer Systems Analyst

Average Salary: $56,368

What They Do: Computer systems analysts may design and develop new computer systems or devise ways to apply existing systems' resources to help businesses operate more efficiently.

Job Outlook: Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations and job prospects should be excellent.*

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4. Statistician

Average Salary: $71,274

What They Do: Statisticians use mathematics and statistics to design surveys and experiments, collect and analyse data; and interpret experiment and survey results. In business and industry, statisticians play an important role in quality control and in product development and improvement.

Job Outlook: Average employment growth is projected. *

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3. Actuary

Average Salary: $79,923

What They Do: Actuaries assess the risk of events and help create policies for businesses and clients that minimize the cost of that risk. For this reason, actuaries are essential to the insurance industry.

Job Outlook: Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average, however competition for jobs is high since the number of qualified candidates is expected to exceed the number of positions available.*

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2. Mathematician

Average Salary: $68,620

What They Do: Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, and business problems.

Job Outlook: Employment of mathematicians is expected to grow much faster than average, howevercompetition for jobs is expected.*

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1. Software Engineer

Average Salary:$65,976

Why It's #1: Software Engineer topped the list as the hottest job of 2011 thanks to its low stress, great outlook for employment, strong income growth potential, few physical demands and a high environmental ranking.

What They Do: Software engineers design and develop many types of software, including computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and middleware.

Job Outlook: Employment of computer software engineers is projected to increase much faster than the average. Job prospects should be best for those with a bachelor's degree and relevant experience.*

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* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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