With one exception, the popular perception that insurance jobs are not so hot just might be true — at least if the annual job ranking of 200 professions by the 2014 Jobs Rated report is any indication. Only three insurance-related jobs appear on the list, and only one of these appears within the top 10. (Read on to discover which jobs they are.)
Every year since 1988, the Jobs Rated report has measured different careers through a variety of metrics. This year’s examination of 200 job descriptions runs the gamut, from surgeon to garbage collector, and ranks each into the four “core criteria” of environment, income, outlook and stress — the general categories inherent to every job.
Because the top-rated job categories represent strong growth, the related industries are also growth areas for the insurance industry.
Data used for evaluation come from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as well as from a range of other governmental agencies, trade associations and private survey firms.
Here are the top 10 best jobs:
BLS Median Annual Salary: $101,360
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 23%
Jobs Rated Score (the lower the better): 63
If math is your thing, you can be king. The compensation is great, and the field also has a positive outlook for continued future growth.
2. University professor (tenured)
BLS Median Annual Salary: 68,970
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 19%*
Jobs Rated Score: 73
Achieving tenure in today’s academic environment may be tough, but for those who get there, it’s a good job. Many top jobs require postsecondary education, and university professors are integral in giving students the necessary foundation to succeed in other careers.
* denotes BLS figures for all postsecondary positions
BLS Median Annual Salary: $75,560
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 27%
Jobs Rated Score: 96
With more big data being used in a spectrum of industries, statistical analysis is a growing field where skilled professionals are in high demand.
BLS Median Annual Salary: $93,680
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 26%
Jobs Rated Score: 103
This insurance-related job made it into the Top 5! If you’ve got the chops in math and statistical analysis, opportunities abound for actuaries, who must pass a series of exams to qualify. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a very favorable hiring market for actuaries in the future, in large part because more Americans will have health insurance coverage.
BLS Median Annual Salary: $69,720