Manicurists and Pedicurists Are The Best Social Services Jobs of 2014 in the USA

Personal care jobs like nail technician, hairdresser (No. 65) and recreation and fitness worker (No. 70) made the rankings. People now have more discretionary income and consumer confidence has risen.

The idea that these lower-wage and seemingly less-skilled jobs aren’t good jobs is such a misconception.

Nail technician, the No. 49 job overall, places above more traditional jobs in this sector, like lawyer (No. 51), elementary school teacher (No. 64) and patrol officer (No. 69), partially because nail care is a low-cost luxury that people of many income levels can splurge on.

Though the median salary is somewhat low – only $19,220 in 2012 – many manicurists and pedicurists work part-time and have flexible schedules.

The Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS) predicts 15.6 percent employment growth for this occupation by 2022.


Market Research and Operations Research Analysts Needed by USA Businesses

One new business job, operations research analyst, also places in the top half of our list with an ultra-low unemployment rate and 20,000 expected new openings.

Duties for this No. 23 job include identifying logistical problems within an organization and using statistical analysis to solve them.

Some might find an entry-level position with just a bachelor’s degree, but it’s budding analysts with an advanced degree who should have the best job chances.

The top occupation from this sector, market research analyst, rose in the rankings from No. 21 to No. 15.

The Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS) predicts the 132,000 added jobs for this position should crop up at a speedy rate of 31.6 percent.