Best Jobs in America and the connection to Quality

Today a detailed report was released by CNNMoney & Payscale on the best jobs in America.  They focused on the top 100 careers and based their decisions on the careers growth potential, pay rate, and overall worker satisfaction.

When looking at the list of 100 careers you quickly realize that a distinct pattern emerges.  That is the pattern of “Quality” based jobs.  The Management and Strategy Institute has been reporting for years that as automation and smaller workforce needs become prevalent, the need for people trained in quality control measures will continue to rise.  This is because companies need employees who know how to reduce process-waste and streamline operations.

In all we counted at least 39 of the top 100 jobs had some form of direct correlation to quality and process improvement methodologies.  While we won’t cover all of them in detail, let’s take a look at a some of these jobs and what they represent:

  • Job #6 – Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • For the purposes of this report, the QA Coordinator is in the field of Healthcare.  These positions are generally held by nurses and they coordinate nursing practices with the patient.  They are responsible for the overall quality and safety of patents and often implement changes and new quality initiatives.  This is exactly why MSI offers Green Belts and Black Belts in Six Sigma for the Healthcare industry.

  • #16 – Quality Management Director
  • Another career in the healthcare field – reading the job description of a Quality Management Director sounds a lot like the skill set of a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  Their job is to find ways to improve patient care, improve quality, and make sure staff is properly trained.  The median pay for this type of position is high, coming in at over $109,000 per year.

  • #28 – Continuous Improvement Manager
  • No surprise here, people with the skills to cut waste and inefficiencies will always be in demand.  These positions are used heavily in manufacturing, but are used in almost every industry today.  Improvement managers are constantly reviewing processes to look for ways to improve processes and increase profits.  They generally need an understanding of all quality initiatives, not just one or two.  They may even develop new processes, depending on the industry they work in.

When looking at the jobs on this list is clear that people with training and education will always be in demand.  There are still plenty of high-paying jobs out there, but education will be critical in the future.  All 100 of the jobs listed here require education to some degree.  Many will also require some time of on-the-job training or apprenticeship.  The rewards are worth it though considering the high medium income that most provide.
You can view the entire list of CNNMonday/Payscale jobs at this link: