Naples tops in Florida on ‘Best Jobs’ list
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Naples is tops in Florida on a nationwide “best jobs” list released Wednesday.
The U.S. News & World Report "Best Jobs of 2018" ranking offers a look at the year’s top jobs.
Naples ranks No. 55 on the list, with medical records technician ($57,490), nail technician ($46,070), substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor ($74,080), and veterinarian ($161,460) determined to be standouts there based on a series of measurements.
Here’s the interpretation: If you’re going to be a nail tech or vet, for example, Naples is one of the best places to work nationally based on the ranking’s methodology.
Cape Coral comes in at No. 85 on the list, with pediatrician ($252,540) and physician ($274,940) leading the way. The “best job” in Punta Gorda is management analyst ($142,710).
"Health care jobs are prominent on our list year after year and are predicted to continue growing rapidly within the job market by 2026," said Rebecca Koenig, careers reporter at U.S. News. "Health care goes beyond doctors and nursing professions — there is high demand for people to fill positions available in health care technology, at hospitals and elsewhere within the industry."
Salary is just one of seven criteria used to determine which jobs are “best” in 206 cities, which are ordered based on their concentration of “best” jobs. All cities are examined, but U.S. News only compiles cities that correlate with the “best jobs” rankings.
To calculate the rankings, U.S. News took data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify jobs with the greatest hiring demand. Jobs are then scored using seven measures: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance.
Jim Wall, spokesman for CareerSource Southwest Florida, said it’s hard to match up with the quality of life in the state, with this region among the best in weather, beaches and water activities.
“It certainly would make sense that anything involving the hospitality and tourism industry and the medical field would rank high in Southwest Florida because those are the growth industries,” he said.
Florida’s unemployment rate may be low (3.6 percent), but so are the state’s wages compared to many other parts of the country.
Low wages are a common complaint heard by workers, who toil in a workforce that largely caters to tourists and retirees.
The average hourly earnings in Collier County was $24.69 in March 2017, according to state data. The average hourly earnings in Lee County was $22.80 at that time.
Nationally, software developer is best overall. Dentist ranks second, followed by physician assistant and nurse practitioner.
Jobs in health care account for 47 of the 100 best jobs, according to the report. The majority of the best-paying jobs are also in health care. With an average of $269,600, anesthesiologist tops the list, followed by surgeon and obstetrician and gynecologist.
Jobs in technology and data analytics also stand out, with information security analyst ranking No. 32, with IT manager at No. 42 and computer systems analyst at No. 46.
"Technology is the backbone of many of our jobs across the board this year," said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News. "Nearly every type of company is looking for people who can analyze and interpret data to solve problems."
San Francisco topped the list of “hubs for well-paying jobs,” followed by San Jose and San Rafael, California. Next were New York City and Anchorage, Alaska.
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How other Florida cities rank
No. 77: West Palm Beach
Architect ($120,380), fundraiser ($80,380), loan officer ($116,470)
No. 97 Jacksonville
Pediatrician ($275,540), veterinarian ($188,880)
No. 101: Miami
Bartender ($36,910), chiropractor ($168,280)
No. 116: Tallahassee
Hairdresser ($42,980), public relations specialist ($81,700)
No. 117: Tampa
Obstetrician and gynecologist ($281,580), radiation therapist ($120,420)
Source: U.S. News & World Report