Special Report

The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs in America

20. Data architect
> Median base salary:
> Number of job openings: 762

Due to technological developments, increasingly massive quantities of data are collected and stored, driving up demand for people capable of maintaining and organizing databases. Employment in this field and other similar professions will likely grow considerably faster than most occupations. The high demand also largely explains the high average base salary of $113,000.

19. Actuary
> Median base salary:
> Number of job openings: 175

Compared with many other well-paying jobs, which tend to be in high demand, there are relatively few openings for actuary positions. Just 175 actuary jobs are currently listed, according to Glassdoor. The relatively low number is likely due to the very high level of specialization required as well as the relatively few industries in which actuaries are needed. The job offers a very high base salary at an estimated $115,000.

18. Creative director
> Median base salary:
> Number of job openings: 696

Automation of simple and even complex tasks is making an increasing number of occupations obsolete. As Chamberlain explained, managerial jobs such as the creative director often require a very high level of judgement and creativity which is at present impossible to automate. The flexibility required to manage a team of workers or unique client relationships is also virtually immune to competition from automated techniques.

17. Risk manager
> Median base salary:
> Number of job openings: 1,137

Risk managers are frequently employed in the insurance and financial sectors. Hedging risks properly is essential to both of these industries. Also, like most other professions on this list, risk management may require a level of discretion not currently available from automated processes.

16. Data scientist
> Median base salary:
> Number of job openings: 1,985

The rising demand for data analysis not only helps explain the high wages for data scientists, but also makes the occupation one of the most indispensable professions available today. The occupation offers an estimated starting salary of $115,000, and close to 2,000 job openings are currently listed on Glassdoor.

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