Top Jobs of 2006

Fast Company has compiled a [[|list of the top jobs for 2006]]. Let me reproduce the list here for you:

* Lawyer
* Personal financial advisor
* Sales manager
* Management analyst
* Computer and information systems manager
* Financial manager
* Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agent
* Marketing manager
* Computer software engineer
* Chiropractor
* Postsecondary education administrator
* Medical scientist
* Market research analyst
* Dentist
* Medical and health services manager
* Producers and directors
* Financial analyst
* Wholesale and manufacturing sales representative
* Engineering manager
* Advertising and promotions manager
* Compensation and benefits manager
* Clinical, counseling, and school psychologist
* Real estate sales agent
* Training and development manager
* Public relations manager

Some observations:

* **10** out of 20 jobs have the word //manager// in them. Shit.
* It wasn’t clear from the article whether the list was //ranked// in any particular order. In particular, since they used a bullet-list instead of a numbered-list, I’m hoping that they listed the jobs in no particular order. Otherwise, I’d be worried because computer related jobs don’t figure in the top 4 :-(
* There are a couple of analyst jobs, there’s //one// scientist job, but in general it seems that **no research jobs qualified for the list**. I think thats really unfortunate, and not good news for me.
* Looking at the long term, it seems that I really don’t have many choices to land up in a top job, if my current career path doesn’t work out for me. That is, its very hard for me to adapt to or diversify into most of the listed professions. Which means that I need to seriously start thinking about getting some education on sales, finance and marketing. Great.
* This is a US centric thing. I wonder what things look like for India. I’m hoping that healthcare turns out to be in that list, because we really need a whole lot more people in that industry.


  1. Yoav Shapira

    The list is unordered: their metrics are a qualitative mix of a few quantitative inputs and a few interview-driven qualitative inputs, so they didn’t put a precise ranking order on the list.

    The list is also US-centric, which explains why 10 out of 20 jobs have “manager” in the title. Management is a US core competency (according to some people, including many in the Fast Company world), so as other jobs get outsourced / off-shorted, management becomes more valuable as a career path.

  2. Jaya

    You missed out on an important sentence in the article –

    “Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we started by narrowing the field to careers that would appeal most to Fast Company readers–business and professional occupations or those in creative fields. Then, to find positions increasingly in demand…”

    Now you know why there are no reasearch jobs at all :) Cheer up :D

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