Top 10 Jobs For 2014

I have a daughter of my own who is finishing up her junior year of high school and we will be looking at colleges and career paths as many other families will be doing across America.   Most kids have no idea what they want to do with their lives, so it probably behooves you as a parent to at least shed some concrete data with your children about what’s paying at the cash register here in 2014.

I know.  I know.   Money isn’t everything.  If your children choose their passion then ultimately the will figure out how to make a lot of money within their career.   However, if your child is dealing with the certainty of uncertainty then tip the scales in their favor and give them a few paths to choose from as they embark on their future endeavors. put together a list of the highest and lowest paying midlevel income jobs across America (

Best Jobs of 2014 / Midlevel Income

1. Mathematician / $101,360

2. Tenured University Professor / $68,970

3. Statistician /$75,560

4. Actuary / $93,680

5. Audiologist / $69,720

6. Dental Hygienist / $70,210

7. Software Engineer / $93,350

8. Computer Systems Analyst / $79,680

9. Occupational Therapist /$75,400

10.Speech Pathologist / $69,870

Worst Jobs of 2014 / Midlevel Income

200. Lumberjack/ $24,340

199. Newspaper Reporter / $37,090

198. Enlisted Military Personnel / $28,840

197. Taxi Driver / $22,820

196. Broadcaster / $55,380

195. Head Cook / $42,480

194. Flight Attendant $37,240

193. Garbage Collector / $22,970

192. Firefighter / $45,250

191. Corrections Officer / $38,970

From my last couple of posts on YourSmartMoneyMoves, you can clearly see the trends in engineering and technology for high paying low unemployment professions.   You can also see the value in math and science within your children’s education and the value it will provide them down the road.   Enjoy!

Written by: Ted Jenkin

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Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves


My friends and family all think I’m a workaholic, but I say I’m just a guy that loves to help people do better in life.

My mother is still the only one that calls me by my real name Theodore Michael, my wife calls me Teddy, but for the rest of you it is just plain old Ted.

Ever since I was a little kid, I always loved money and being an entrepreneur. In fact, I still have cassette tapes of me talking to my grandmother at the age of five and my mother tells me all the time how much I played with money as a kid...

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