Most Desired Careers

by Rose Johnson

The definition of most desired careers reflects individual goals and priorities. Although the criteria for a desirable career vary for everyone, many people share common benchmarks. According to Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes, salary, job growth, stress and work environment are important factors that make a career desirable. If you're trying to choose a career path or desire to change industries, knowing some of the most desired careers can help you prepare for a career that will offer increasing opportunities.

Software Developer

Software developers typically work for computer system design firms to develop and test software programs used by individuals and businesses. A software developer's first responsibility is to determine how customers plan to use the software. The next step is to design the program. Software developers collaborate with computer programmers and instruct them on how to design the software. After creating the software, developers commonly perform software maintenance and upgrades. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in some companies, software developers design programs and write the code. The BLS expects employment for software developers to grow by 30 percent through 2020. The average salary for software developers was $102,550 in 2012.

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers combine their knowledge of medicine and engineering techniques to design products and systems used to improve the quality of life for patients. Devices produced by biomedical engineers may include artificial organs, machines to diagnose medical problems and artificial devices to replace body parts. Other job responsibilities may include designing software to operate medical equipment, designing electrical circuits and developing new drug therapies, according to the BLS, which predicts a 62-percent increase in the number of biomedical engineering jobs through 2020. In 2012, the average salary for this occupation was $91,200.


Working as a physician is still a desired career for many people. Technological expansions within the medical field and a growing senior population are the two primary reasons why job growth for physicians should increase by 24 percent through 2020, according to the BLS. Physicians work closely with other health care professionals to take patients’ medical histories, diagnose and treat patients and order and interpret diagnostic tests. They typically choose a career specialty, such as working as a family and general care physician, anesthesiologist, pediatrician or obstetrician and gynecologist. To become a physician, you must complete four years of undergraduate studies, four years of medical school and three to eight years in internships and residency. The average salary for physicians was $184,820 in 2012.

Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists work under the direct supervision of dentists to provide dental care to patients. The specific duties of a dental hygienist vary by state. For example, some states allow hygienists to place temporary and permanent fillings, while others don't. Some general duties may include removing tartar and plaque from teeth, examining patients for oral diseases, taking and developing X-rays and keeping records of patients’ treatment plans. The education requirements of a hygienist typically include obtaining an associate degree. Every state requires hygienists to have a license. In 2012, the average salary for dental hygienist was $70,700.

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