Special Report

The Best Jobs in America

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5. Statistician
> Median annual wages: $84,060
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 33.8%
> Total employment: 36,540

Statisticians are part of one of the fastest growing career fields in the country. The number of statistician jobs is projected to increase by more than a third by 2026, the largest projected job growth of any of the top 25 best professions in the country. Statisticians typically enjoy some of the best work environments and lowest-stress careers in the country.

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4. Occupational Therapist
> Median annual wages: $83,200
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 23.8%
> Total employment: 126,050

Occupational therapists have some of the best work environments of all American workers. These workers are generally safe, free from public scrutiny, and they are relatively secure in their employment. Like many different medical positions, occupational therapy’s 23.8% projected growth rate is more than triple that of the average American job.

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3. University Professor
> Median annual wages: $67,140
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: N/A
> Total employment: 1,525,170

College professors can work in any number of fields of study and the position is considered one of the best jobs in the country. As college enrollment is projected to rise in the coming years, the need for professors will increase as well. Professors, especially those who have tenure, are secure in their employment. College professors have among the best professional environments because they have flexible schedules, job security, and relatively high pay compared to the average salary across all occupations.

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2. Mathematician
> Median annual wages: $103,010
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 29.7%
> Total employment: 2,730

The median annual wage for a mathematician is $103,010, nearly triple the U.S. median annual wage for all jobs. Though mathematician jobs are relatively rare, with fewer than 3,000 in the American workforce, the demand is expected to increase relatively rapidly. While many mathematicians are employed by the government, some also work for private research and engineering companies.

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1. Genetic Counselor
> Median annual wages: $77,480
> Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 29.0%
> Total employment: 2,660

Genetic counselors, who determine a person’s risk of inheriting certain medical conditions, have the best job in America. The work environment is among the most desirable; the job has relatively few associated stresses or dangers; and the career field’s outlook is among the best in the country. Though there are not very many people employed as genetic counselors, the profession is projected to grow significantly as genetic technology advances.

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