Top 5 Careers in the U.S.

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If you could do anything that you wanted and get paid, what would you choose as your dream job? The top careers in the world, according to “U.S. News and World Report” and CareerCast, aren’t those that have people temporarily doing one of the “Best Jobs in the World” campaigns to promote tourism. These top jobs are lifelong careers that are respectable or, at least, nice work if you can get it.

5 Video Game Tester

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Gaming is a big business across the world, and a company can make bank on a video game that players devote hundreds of hours of their lives to. A video game tester is a person who doesn’t mind sitting in front of a screen for hours a day, playing the same level or scene repeatedly. While some gaming gurus get jobs as testers because of their passion and gaming skills, most have quality assurance-related knowledge and a background in graphic design or computer science so they can find all the glitches before a game hits the market.

4 Registered Nurse

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Without nurses, any health care organization would tank. While nursing isn’t the most glamorous career, it’s a vocation that’s in high demand with increasing specializations from which to choose, according to “U.S. News and World Report.” Today’s nurses commonly find jobs in facilities like clinics, hospitals, care homes and schools. The latest job openings are also those in home health care, public health or in an alternate setting, like on the campus of a large business. U.S. nurses have a low unemployment rate of 2 percent and a median salary of $65,690. CareerCast predicts this profession will grow by 26 percent through the year 2020.

3 Chocolate Tester

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Chocolate tasting—this legitimate job exists for a select few. A 2010 Today.com article reveals that an individual who works as a product development manager for a grocery store chain may enjoy a full-time job as chocolate taster with the challenge to select the products to put on the shelves. Not just anyone can be a taste tester of divine cacao concoctions. To break into the biz, Today shares that you should have a degree in food science or nutrition (and a good dentist on speed dial).

2 Actuary

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If you don’t know what to do with a degree in math, become an actuary. An actuary is a person who puts a financial value on different risks. For example, an actuary who works for an insurance company may figure out the chances of a volcano affecting a certain community and then estimate the cost of recovery if there is such a disaster. CareerCast named actuary the best job of 2013. Since there’s a big shortage of actuaries, demand (and the salary) is high at $87,650.

1 Dentist

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As long as people have teeth, there is a need for dentists, and a set of bad teeth can be a goldmine. According to “U.S. News and World Report,” U.S. dentists earn a median salary of $142,740 and have a negligible unemployment rate of 0.7 percent. This career will grow by 21.1 percent through the year 2020.

Flora Richards-Gustafson has been writing professionally since 2003. She creates copy for websites, marketing materials and printed publications. Richards-Gustafson specializes in SEO and writing about small-business strategies, health and beauty, interior design, emergency preparedness and education. Richards-Gustafson received a Bachelor of Arts from George Fox University in 2003 and was recognized by Cambridge's "Who's Who" in 2009 as a leading woman entrepreneur.

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