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Best Alternative Industries for JD Degrees

Vault ranks the best industries to work in. Whether you are a recent grad or looking for a career change, use these rankings to find an industry that is right for you.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine our Best Career Path Rankings, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality ranking. Each path's overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25% demand (number of job openings), 25% earning potential (median salary), and 25% job satisfaction (perks, benefits, work/life balance), and 25% employment rates (unemployment).

Best Alternative Industries for JD Degrees



Government is a system established by a community, city, state, or country to develop laws, policies, and programs that work for the good of its citizens....


Nonprofit Sector

A nonprofit organization serves the public interest and is exempt from federal income taxes. Volunteerism and helping the public are activities that date...



Nearly one in four Americans is an enrolled student at any given time. This enormous segment of the U.S. population encompasses people of all ages and from...


Politics, Public Policy, and Activism

In a free society, the will of the public is almost omnipotent. If a large majority of people wants strongly enough for something to happen, it will come...



Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. And in the age of information, any businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, or other organizations that do not...


Investment Management

Investment management is the business of investing other people’s money. It is the “buy side” of the broader financial industry. Investment managers,...


Human Resources

Human resources is the department or division of a business, corporation, or organization that manages all aspects related to its personnel, including...


Information Technology

CompTIA AITA, a major information technology (IT) industry trade association defines IT as the “utilization of computing via hardware, software, services,...



Journalism is not exactly the same thing as news. In nations where the government controls the flow of information, much of the news is produced by...


Media and Entertainment

The media and entertainment industry consists of film, print, radio, and television. These segments include movies, TV shows, radio shows, news, music,...