12 Best Jobs For 2014 That Pay Up to $60 Per Hour

High-paying jobs that offer financial and career security

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By Susan Ricker

2014 is just around the corner, and so is the opportunity to score an in-demand, high-paying job in the New Year. CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International compiled a dozen hot jobs that are not only growing, but pay well too. The list was based on occupations that grew 7 percent or more from 2010 to 2013, are projected to increase in 2014, and fall within a higher-wage category of $22 per hour or more.

Not only do these jobs offer financial and career security, but they also contribute to the economic growth of other occupations. But be ready to prove your skills if you want one of these roles.

"More high-wage jobs will be created in 2014 which will, in turn, fuel the creation of jobs at lower pay levels," says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. "The challenge is many of these in-demand, skilled positions are in areas where companies are already experiencing a shortage of qualified labor. As a nation, we need to focus on reskilling workers of all ages and providing them with affordable education to catch up to labor demands in technology, health care and other key sectors."



Whether you've already got the talent it'll take to get one of these jobs, are considering a career switch or are looking ahead, consider these high-wage jobs that are the best for 2014:

1. Software developer, applications and systems software
Total employment in 2013: 1,042,402 jobs
Added 104,348 jobs from 2010-2013, up 11 percent
Median hourly earnings: $45.06

2. Market research analyst and marketing specialist
Total employment in 2013: 438,095 jobs
Added 54,979 jobs from 2010-2013, up 14 percent
Median hourly earnings: $29.10

3. Training and development specialist
Total employment in 2013: 231,898 jobs
Added 18,042 jobs from 2010-2013, up 8 percent
Median hourly earnings: $27.14

4. Financial analyst
Total employment in 2013: 257,159 jobs
Added 17,060 jobs from 2010-2013, up 7 percent
Median hourly earnings: $37.34

5. Physical therapist
Total employment in 2013: 207,132 jobs
Added 14,011 jobs from 2010-2013, up 7 percent
Median hourly earnings: $37.93



6. Web developer
Total employment in 2013: 136,921 jobs
Added 13,364 jobs from 2010-2013, up 11 percent
Median hourly earnings: $27.84

7. Logistician
Total employment in 2013: 127,892 jobs
Added 11,897 jobs from 2010-2013, up 10 percent
Median hourly earnings: $35.08

8. Database administrator
Total employment in 2013: 119,676 jobs
Added 11,241 jobs from 2010-2013, up 10 percent
Median hourly earnings: $37.39

9. Meeting, convention and event planner
Total employment in 2013: 87,082 jobs
Added 10,867 jobs from 2010-2013, up 14 percent
Median hourly earnings: $22.56

10. Interpreter and translator
Total employment in 2013: 69,887
Added 8,377 jobs from 2010-2013, up 14 percent
Median hourly earnings: $22.39



11. Petroleum engineer
Total employment in 2013: 40,733
Added 7,158 jobs from 2010-2013, up 21 percent
Median hourly earnings: $63.67

12. Information security analyst
Total employment in 2013: 75,995
Added 5,671 jobs from 2010-2013, up 8 percent
Median hourly earnings: $41.62

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I'm in my 30's and have gone back to school to pursue degrees in Accounting or Marketing (after being laid off and not being able to find a job with a high school diploma). In Chicago (where I am from), jobs in the Accounting and Marketing fields have always been 'hot'. I suggest people do research on jobs where they are from. Just because something is hot in San Fran doesn't mean that it's the same in Miami, Pittsburgh, Small Town USA or here Chicago..Do your research!!! In Chicago, for instance, Nursing is still a "hot job".. as is patient care technician. I read (below) how one person with 3 advanced Nursing degrees is finding it tough to land a job after being laid off. In Chicago, 3 of my friends got jobs as nurses (last year after finishing their degrees). It also depends on what region of the country you're in. So, do research...

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Sorry but it is the new world. Part time jobs with no benefits are the new reality. Do not be fooled there has not been a real recovery only the depreciation of the dollar. We are Europe.

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I was a Sr. computer analyst for many years, until I got laid off almost eight years ago. I couldn't find another job in the field, so I went back to school and got my Masters Degree in Information Systems. Graduated in 2010. Sent out 100+ resumes. Never got a SINGLE response. Maybe because I'm over 50? I don't know. Now I'm another $35,000 in debt and no way to pay for it - $13/hr doesn't cut it. Avoid University of Phoenix at all costs.

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Thank You for the heads up on University of Phoenix, I have been considering it for awhile. I am also in the 50 (something) range and it like I have lost all value in the job market. I am not afraid of the new gadgets these days and do VERY well with them. But I guess since I am over 50 I am supposed to go somewhere and hide. At least my generation understands "good customer service" which is non-existant these days.

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Um, i think you didn't get calls because you went to an internet school. This University of Phoenix is NOT a reputable school, i'm afraid (ESPECIALLY for IT type careers). "Some" internet schools are 'ok' but employers want to see that you have "in person' education or that your online degree is from a "real" school (one that has been around for decades and is known by the region you're from or nationally). I personally would rather spend money at a traditional school than one of those online schools because employers still to this day do not accept "online" degrees.

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