In some industries, the most important trait an employee can have is the desire for competition. There are many occupations in which people must possess an intense drive and determination in order to stay a step ahead of competitors. Fighting for that edge can be stressful, and it takes a certain kind of individual to do the job well.
With this in mind, CareerTrends found the 10 most competitive jobs in America. To do this, we used data from O*NET, an occupational database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. O*NET assigns scores in various categories for each occupation based on the results to survey questions sent out to workers in those occupations. To find the most competitive jobs, we used the scores from the following question: "To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?" The scores, based on a 1 to 5 scale, form each job's Competitive Score. We also included each occupation's job description, salary and employment figures using the most recent data (March 2016) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There are six occupations in the arts and entertainment field on the list, including creative writers and music composers.
Note: In the event of ties, the job with the highest employment was ranked higher on the list.