Jobs Rated Report 2017: Ranking 200 Jobs

Jobs Rated Report 2017: Ranking 200 Jobs

By:
CareerCast.com

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey indicates the majority of adults in the United States spend 8.8 hours a day on their careers, or on activities directly related. Over a 5-day week, that translates to 44 hours, and that totals more than one-quarter of our lives.

CareerCast.com’s Jobs Rated report aims to provide a general snapshot of 200 careers every year, using key criteria: Income, Growth Outlook, Work Environment and Stress. The results offer a glimpse into this fundamental aspect of day-to-day life.

The Jobs Rated report has tracked for almost 30 years, and in that time, the labor market’s changed dramatically.

Some of the careers ranking among the Top 10 best jobs of 2017 illustrate these changes. Careers in mathematics rank highly, with Statistician, Mathematician and Data Scientist all in the top 10 — but these jobs aren’t just about numbers in the current landscape. A career in one of these mathematical fields can translate into work in healthcare, business, marketing, even entertainment.

Changes also mark a theme for some of the worst jobs of 2017. The media landscape in 2017 is almost unrecognizable compared to three decades ago, when the Jobs Rated report debuted. New platforms and outlets have made for a much more difficult job market for Newspaper Reporters and Broadcasters, two of the lowest ranking fields this year.

Industries, technology and society might change, but the Jobs Rated report has remained consistent in the criteria it uses to rank 200 professions. The following is the complete Jobs Rated report for 2017.

Statistician
1
Overall Rating:
1/199
93
Median Salary:$80,110
Work Environment
Very Good
4/199
40.20
Stress
Very Low
39/199
14.910
Projected Growth
Very Good
3/199
34.00
Medical Services Manager
2
Overall Rating:
2/199
101
Median Salary:$94,500
Work Environment
Very Good
23/199
44.50
Stress
Very Low
17/199
12.950
Projected Growth
Very Good
32/199
17.00
Operations Research Analyst
3
Overall Rating:
3/199
102
Median Salary:$79,200
Work Environment
Very Good
35/199
45.70
Stress
Very Low
10/199
9.170
Projected Growth
Very Good
6/199
30.00
Information Security Analyst
4
Overall Rating:
4/199
104
Median Salary:$90,120
Work Environment
Very Good
39/199
46.10
Stress
Very Low
3/199
5.820
Projected Growth
Very Good
28/199
18.00
Data Scientist
5
Overall Rating:
5/199
105
Median Salary:$111,267
Work Environment
Very Good
12/199
43.70
Stress
Very Low
37/199
14.670
Projected Growth
Very Good
37/199
15.75
University Professor
6
Overall Rating:
6/199
110
Median Salary:$72,416
Work Environment
Very Good
1/199
35.90
Stress
Very Low
6/199
8.162
Projected Growth
Very Good
39/199
15.24
Mathematician
7
Overall Rating:
7/199
128
Median Salary:$111,298
Work Environment
Good
66/199
49.00
Stress
Very Low
28/199
13.982
Projected Growth
Very Good
18/199
22.31
Software Engineer
8
Overall Rating:
8/199
129
Median Salary:$100,690
Work Environment
Good
53/199
48.30
Stress
Very Low
24/199
13.702
Projected Growth
Very Good
32/199
17.00
Occupational Therapist
9
Overall Rating:
9/199
130
Median Salary:$81,910
Work Environment
Good
43/199
46.90
Stress
Very Low
30/199
14.189
Projected Growth
Very Good
7/199
29.04
Speech Pathologist
10
Overall Rating:
10/199
131
Median Salary:$73,250
Work Environment
Very Good
34/199
45.60
Stress
Very Low
20/199
13.500
Projected Growth
Very Good
17/199
22.65
Actuary
11
Overall Rating:
11/199
135
Median Salary:$97,312
Work Environment
Very Good
15/199
44.00
Stress
Low
67/199
18.121
Projected Growth
Very Good
24/199
20.47
Biomedical Engineer
12
Overall Rating:
12/199
137
Median Salary:$86,275
Work Environment
Very Good
19/199
44.30
Stress
Low
63/199
17.745
Projected Growth
Very Good
14/199
24.75
Computer Systems Analyst
13
Overall Rating:
13/199
142
Median Salary:$86,260
Work Environment
Very Good
21/199
44.40
Stress
Low
61/199
17.596
Projected Growth
Very Good
19/199
21.75
Dental Hygienist
14
Overall Rating:
14/199
146
Median Salary:$72,196
Work Environment
Good
43/199
46.90
Stress
Very Low
18/199
12.960
Projected Growth
Very Good
21/199
20.71
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
15
Overall Rating:
15/199
147
Median Salary:$64,280
Work Environment
Very Good
32/199
45.40
Stress
Very Low
1/199
5.107
Projected Growth
Very Good
11/199
26.53
Human Resources Manager
16
Overall Rating:
16/199
151
Median Salary:$104,307
Work Environment
Very Good
12/199
43.70
Stress
Low
49/199
16.066
Projected Growth
Good
64/199
10.52
Audiologist
17
Overall Rating:
17/199
152
Median Salary:$75,222
Work Environment
Fair
82/199
51.40
Stress
Very Low
5/199
7.220
Projected Growth
Very Good
9/199
27.02
Dietitian
18
Overall Rating:
18/199
165
Median Salary:$58,231
Work Environment
Very Good
27/199
45.00
Stress
Very Low
12/199
11.314
Projected Growth
Very Good
29/199
17.01
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
19
Overall Rating:
19/199
170
Median Salary:$78,264
Work Environment
Very Good
10/199
43.20
Stress
Very Low
36/199
14.638
Projected Growth
Good
76/199
9.99
Optometrist
20
Overall Rating:
20/199
178
Median Salary:$104,360
Work Environment
Good
72/199
50.00
Stress
Low
72/199
18.596
Projected Growth
Very Good
12/199
25.62