> Median annual wages: $101,560
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 22.5%
> Total employment: 19,210
Actuaries analyze the risks and costs associated with doing business, most often for insurance companies. Though the rate of employment growth in the actuarial industry is projected to be more than triple that of the average job, there are a relatively few actuaries in the U.S. labor force, so the increase will only add a few thousand jobs. Though actuaries analyze risk daily, their own position does not put them in harm’s way and is relatively secure and their working environment is considered one of the best in America.
9. Operations Research Analyst
> Median annual wages: $81,390
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 27.4%
> Total employment: 106,050
Operations research analysts use math to help companies solve problems and operate more efficiently. This money-saving position is projected to be one of the fastest growing jobs in the country, nearly quadruple the pace of the average career’s projected growth rate from 2016 to 2026. The field also ranks as one of the least stressful in the U.S. labor force.
8. Information Security Analyst
> Median annual wages: $95,510
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 28.5%
> Total employment: 105,250
With hundreds of thousands of reported cyber crimes each year, information security analysts can be a crucial component of any business with a large online footprint. The BLS projects there will be a 28.5% increase in the number of these workers in America by 2026 — four times the growth rate of the average job.
7. Data Scientist
> Median annual wages: $114,520
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 19.2%
> Total employment: 27,920
Data scientists, according to CareerCast ratings, have a very good work environment, very low stress at work, and very good projected employment growth — making it one of very few careers to receive the highest marks available for all three categories. This technology-driven profession is one of the best paid in the country, with most data scientists earning six figures.
6. Medical Services Manager
> Median annual wages: $98,350
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 20.5%
> Total employment: 346,980
Medical services managers oversee health service centers — whether an entire hospital, a specific department, or a single medical practice. The job, which requires managerial skills as well as medical expertise, is crucial to ensuring that patients receive top quality care. Employment in the profession is projected to grow much more quickly than the typical job as baby boomers continue aging and require more care.