Special Report

The Best Jobs in America

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25. Compliance Officer
> Median annual wages: $67,870
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 8.2%
> Total employment: 287,130

Compliance officers ensure that businesses and governing bodies operate within the law by analyzing risk and drafting plans and controls to ensure that all applicable rules are followed. The job demands relatively little from workers in terms of physical exertion, public scrutiny, or hazardous conditions, making it one of the lowest stress positions available.

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24. Computer Systems Analyst
> Median annual wages: $88,270
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 9.1%
> Total employment: 581,960

Computer systems analysts ensure that computer systems work efficiently. Most of these workers earn more than $88,000 per year, more than double the median annual wage for all U.S. jobs of $37,690. Though there are already over half a million Americans in this career field, it is projected to grow 9.1% by 2026, higher than the typical job projected growth rate.

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23. Librarian
> Median annual wages: $58,520
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 8.9%
> Total employment: 126,800

With median annual wages of $58,520, librarians have the lowest wages of any of the 25 best jobs in America. Yet this profession ranks highly because workers typically experience very low amounts of stress and their work environment is generally considered very good.

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22. Human Resources Manager
> Median annual wages: $110,120
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 9.1%
> Total employment: 136,310

Tasked with mediating conflicts, planning hiring strategies, and coordinating a company’s administrative functions, human resources managers are a key element in nearly every company. Like many of those in management positions, human resources managers are well compensated, with most earning over $110,000 per year.

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21. Meteorologist
> Median annual wages: $92,070
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 12.0%
> Total employment: 8,940

Meteorologists have relatively low levels of stress as compared to most professions. Meteorologists, like many other workers in STEM fields, report having a good working environment, having relatively few physical and emotional obstacles at work. With fewer than 9,000 meteorologists in the U.S. workforce and a projected growth of 12% by 2026, meteorology is a relatively safe and secure career field.

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