Top 10 tech and healthcare jobs with the best earning and growth potential


New analysis shows infosec analysts, system administrators and network architects will experience the strongest growth over the next decade.

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People in health, science and technology jobs will have the best chance of finding jobs and making big bucks over the next decade, new analysis has found. SmartAsset analyzed figures from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report to compile the list.

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The list of the 10 most promising jobs for employment and compensation is:

  1. Nurse practitioners
  2. Managers of medical and health services
  3. Information security analysts
  4. Physician assistants
  5. Financial directors
  6. statisticians
  7. Teachers of post-secondary health specialties
  8. Computer and information researchers
  9. IT and information systems managers
  10. Computer network architects

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Among IT jobs in the top 10 list, projected growth over the next 10 years is 42% for information security analysts, 19% for IT and IT, 15% for network architects and 11% for IT and information systems managers. The expected increase in income over the next four years is between 10% and 12%. The average earnings of each group in 2019 were:

  • Computer and information systems managers $ 156,390
  • Computer and information researchers $ 127,460
  • Computer network architects $ 115,110
  • Information security analysts $ 104,210

The authors of the report examined 808 occupations identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as likely to have projected growth greater than 10% over the next 10 years. The exam also included jobs with an average salary of at least $ 64,240. The analysis included these four measures:

  • 10-year expected employment growth rate
  • Expected growth in the number of workers over 10 years
  • 2019 average remuneration
  • Four-year profit growth from 2015 to 2019

The analysis ranked each occupation on each metric, then created an average ranking for each job type to determine the final score. This is why infosec analysts score higher on the list than other IT jobs. The average salary for these jobs is lower than for other roles ($ 104,210), but the projected growth is much higher (43% over the next 10 years). The projected growth for IT professionals is 19%, the rate for systems managers is 11%, and the rate for network architects is 15%.

Several other tech and scientific jobs made the top 40 list, including network and computer systems administrators, actuaries, medical scientists, biochemists and biophysicists, genetic counselors, industrial engineers, epidemiologists, audiologists, microbiologists.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new projections earlier this year to account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment prospects. The new forecast includes two scenarios to reflect the effect of the pandemic: a moderate impact version and a high impact version. Employment growth could be around 1% lower than forecast in the moderate scenario and almost 2% lower in the strong impact analysis. The 10-year growth is based on the BLS moderate impact scenario.

SmartAsset is a financial technology company that advises consumers on financial decisions such as investing and buying a home.

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