Best Tech Jobs of 2014

U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Jobs of 2014 list is out, and there's big news: For the first time, an IT job has landed at No. 1.

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U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Jobs of 2014 list is out and there's big news: For the first time, an IT job has landed at #1.

The magazine graded professions on a 1 to 10 scale across 7 factors: 10-year job growth; 10-year growth percentage; median salary; job prospects; employment rate; stress level; and work-life balance.

See which tech job ranked as best in the U.S., as well as the eight other IT careers that made the list.

Software developer

Software developer

Scored: 8.4 out of 10

Software development leapt from No. 7 in last year's to the top spot in 2014 (2013's #1 job – Dentist). The position has already seen massive job growth over the past several years and is expected to jump another 22.8% by 2022. While the job ranks No. 1 overall, its $90,060 average salary is not the highest when it comes to IT. That honor goes to IT Managers, who average $120,950. The job was given Average ratings in the categories of Upward Mobility and Stress Level, and Above Average for Flexibility.

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Computer systems analyst

Scored: 8.2 out of 10

Systems analyst lost out on the top spot by just two-tenths of a percent, moving up from the #4 overall slot in 2013. Pros earn a mean salary of $79,680, much less than IT managers and software developers, but more than many other tech pros such as DBAs, programmers, sys admins and web developers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts excellent job growth in years ahead – 24.5% by 2022. The job was given Average ratings in the categories of Upward Mobility and Stress Level, and Above Average for Flexibility.

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Information security analyst

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Database administrator

Database administrator

Scored: 7.6 out of 10

DBAs ranked #5 when it came to the tech space and #12 overall. Those figures sound good, but they're misleading as the job was ranked #6 overall in 2013. Job growth is a predicted 15.1%, more than halved from the eye-popping 30.6% of two years prior. Mean salaries for DBAs come in at $77,080, roughly the median for tech jobs cited in the Top 100 list. The job was given Average ratings in the categories of Upward Mobility and Flexibility and Above Average for Stress Level.

IT manager

IT manager

Scored: 7.1 out of 10

The 24th-overall best job, IT Managers claim the highest average salary: $120,950, but one of the "lower" job growth rates for IT careers on the list – 15.3% predicted through 2022. High-paying areas for IT managers include Jacksonville, N.C., and the Bay Area, especially San Francisco and San Jose. IT managers will pay for the high salary as the job ranks as High in Stress Level and Below Average for Flexibility, but Above Average for Upward Mobility.