Special Report

Best Jobs in America

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10. Actuary
> Median annual salary: $102,880
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 20.1%
> Total employment: 20,760

Using a combination of theory and mathematics, actuaries calculate the costs associated with risk and uncertainty — typically for insurance companies, but also for consulting agencies. While the job does not require any formal education beyond a bachelor’s degree, actuaries must pass a series of exams to become certified.

Well compensated, the typical actuary earns over $100,000 a year. The job is also secure as employment for actuaries is projected to grow by about 20% from 2018 to 2028.

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9. Operations research analyst
> Median annual salary: $83,390
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 25.6%
> Total employment: 104,200

Operations research analysts solve problems for companies and organizations using advanced mathematics and analytical techniques. Though most Americans in the position have only a bachelor’s degree — typically in a quantitative field like statistics, mathematics, or engineering — many employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree.

In addition to high pay — the typical operations research analyst earns over $83,000 a year — the job gets high marks for being very low stress, and the high likelihood employment in the field is projected to grow far faster than average in the coming years.

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8. Mathematician
> Median annual salary: $101,900
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 26.0%
> Total employment: 2,580

The majority of mathematicians in the United States work either for the federal government or at a college or university. Many also work for consulting firms or doing research in the private sector. While there are positions that only require mathematicians to have a bachelor’s degree, the majority of mathematicians have a master’s degree.

As businesses today have access to increasing amounts of data, demand for mathematicians is projected to increase far faster than average. Not only is the job secure, but also it is high paying. The majority of Americans in the profession earn over $100,000 a year.

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7. Information security analyst
> Median annual salary: $98,350
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 31.6%
> Total employment: 108,060

Information security analysis is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. As the threats hackers pose to both private and public sector digital infrastructure, information security analysts, who anticipate and protect against these threats, are projected to be in greater demand. Employment in the job is projected to grow by 31.6% between 2018 and 2028, far faster than the 5.2% employment growth across all occupations.

While the stakes for this job can be very high, according to CareerCast, it is not a particularly stressful job.

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6. Medical services manager
> Median annual salary: $99,730
> Projected employment growth, 2018-2028: 17.6%
> Total employment: 372,670

Demand for workers in many health care occupations is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years as the baby boom generation continues to age and becomes increasingly likely to require medical services. Employment among medical services managers, who are generally responsible for coordinating business activities for health care providers, is projected to climb by 17.6% between 2018 and 2028, more than triple the projected growth across all occupations.

Like most jobs on this list, medical services management is generally a low-stress, high-paying job. The typical worker earns nearly $100,000 a year.

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