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US News Top Job Rankings: Being a Lawyer is Now a Career T14

Every year, US News and World Report publishes a ranking of the top 100 jobs in the country, based on important factors such as median salary, employment rate, growth over the next 10 years, employment outlook, stress level and work. life balance. With such criteria, it is logical that in 2022, the profession of “Lawyer” will be ranked high enough in the Top 100 list.

While US News once rated the lawyer as a worse job than a nail technician in the aftermath of the Great Recession, in the era of the pandemic, being a lawyer is one of the best jobs of all. To keep this ranking familiar to attorneys who love the US law school rankings, check out the Top 14 Best Jobs for 2022:

  1. Information security analyst
  2. Nurse practitioner
  3. Assistant physician
  4. Head of medical and health services
  5. Software developer
  6. Data scientist
  7. Financial manager
  8. Statistician
  9. Attorney
  10. Oral language pathologist
  11. Doctor
  12. Registered nurse
  13. IT manager
  14. Market analyst

Congratulations, lawyers! In 2022, you are literally not enough to complete the legal work that needs to be done, so the job market is hot and the wages are even hotter. Not only is Lawyer ranked 9th in the top 100 jobs, but he also ranked 1st for best social service jobs and 18th for highest paying jobs, with a median salary of $ 126,930. (Your mother was right, you should have been a doctor. Apart from working at Biglaw, the pay is much better.)

But please be careful pursuing this career, as there is one major downside to being a lawyer that today’s lawyers already know far too well. “The work of a lawyer is often exhausting, involving long hours in the office,” notes US News. Now, thanks to COVID-19, when your home is your office and your office is your home, the concept of work-life balance is no longer, and it can make a lawyer’s life even more stressful than it is. was not before the pandemic.

Mental health issues aside – heh, aren’t they always just for lawyers? – The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2020 and 2030, approximately 71,500 jobs will open up for lawyers. You spent all that money on a law degree, so come and get a job while the market is hot (before anyone who decided to go to law school during the pandemic graduated and messed up the jobs).

Well done for such a prestigious career, lawyers!

Top 100 Jobs of 2022 [U.S. News & World Report]


Staci ZaretskiStaci Zaretsky is the Editor-in-Chief at Above the Law, where she has worked since 2011. She would love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any advice, questions, comments or criticism. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.