Special Report

Best Jobs in America

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25. Human resources manager
> Median annual salary: $113,300
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 7.1%
> Total employment: 143,580

Human resource managers are some of the highest-paid workers in the labor force. The median salary of HR managers is $113,300 per year, well above the median of $38,640 across all professions. As is the case with many high-paying jobs, HR managers need to have relevant education, and the majority hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

According to CareerCast, HR management is not a particularly stressful job. It is also in high demand. Over the decade ending in 2028, overall employment in the field is projected to climb 7.1% — faster than the average growth of 5.2% across all occupations.

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24. Meteorologist
> Median annual salary: $94,110
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 8.4%
> Total employment: 9,310

Meteorologists study the weather and climate, specifically how it relates to day-to-day human activities. Meteorologists can work in broadcasting, delivering weather reports on the news, but many also work in laboratories, weather stations, or offices. They rank among the best jobs in the country due to the high pay and low-stress nature of the work.

In the coming years, weather prediction technology is projected to improve considerably, and while technological advances spell doom for workers in many industries, it is expected to be a boon for meteorologists. Businesses that are affected by severe weather will likely hire more meteorologists in the coming years, and between 2018 and 2028, the number of people working as meteorologists is projected to climb by 8.4%.

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23. Compliance officer
> Median annual salary: $68,860
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 5.8%
> Total employment: 300,900

Compliance officers have one of the least stressful jobs in the labor force, according to CareerCast. Their typical responsibilities include ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. Unlike most jobs on this list, the demand for compliance officers is not projected to increase much in the coming years. Employment in the profession is projected to grow by 5.8% between 2018 and 2028, in line with the overall employment growth of 5.2%.

Most Americans working in compliance earn over $68,000 a year, far more than the median annual wage across all occupations.

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22. Computer systems analyst
> Median annual salary: $88,740
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 8.8%
> Total employment: 587,970

Workers in this occupation are employed by companies and organizations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of internal computer systems. The skills these workers have are in growing demand as organizations increasingly rely on cloud computing and IT. According to CareerCast, the work environment for the typical computer systems analyst is better than the vast majority of other occupations. The job is also relatively low stress.

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21. Massage therapist
> Median annual salary: $41,420
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 22.2%
> Total employment: 105,160

This job ranks among the best jobs in the United States, largely because of the low-stress nature of the job. The job is also one of the most secure in the United States. According to BLS projections, demand for massage therapists is projected to climb 22.2% between 2018 and 2028.

Unlike most of the jobs on this list, massage therapists are not particularly well compensated. The median annual wage for the occupation is just $41,420, only slightly higher than the median across all occupations of $38,640.

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