Here's something for students, their parents and current professionals to think about: What kind of work offers the best opportunities in terms of pay, career growth and the number of job openings?
Jobs that rank high based on all three criteria tend to cluster in three areas, according to employment site Glassdoor. These roles are often found in technology, healthcare, and business fields, with many offering annual salaries in the six-figure range.
While Glassdoor picked the top jobs for 2016 based on current data for these roles, these professions will likely continue to rank highly for years to come, said Scott Dobroski, associate director of corporate communications at Glassdoor. Many of the top jobs are in demand across a wide variety of industries, which explains why so many openings are available for these roles.
"If you are a student right now or even in the workforce and you are frustrated and want a change, these 'best jobs' should act as a guiding light and indicator," Dobroski said. "The biggest theme is that most of them are actually found in all industries. That means there's opportunity and need. There are only a few that are niche professions."
Even though these jobs are in high demand across America's industries, many of them require education and experience, whether that's a degree in accounting, for instance, or years of medical training.
Read on for a look at America's top jobs for 2016.