We are almost always constantly seeing the world evolve around us, especially with how fast technology can change the economic landscape in front of us. Twenty years ago the digital jobs that are so routine today wouldn’t have even been a thought back then. With that in mind we decided to take a close look at the 2016 job forecast. We pulled together 15 of the best jobs that you can snag in 2016, taking into account pay, freedom, workload, and stress. Keep on reading and you might just find your new career!
Occupational Therapy Assistant
We’re kicking off our list with a job that could change your life and that of those around you. An Occupational Therapy Assistant is integral in helping patients manage potentially lifelong conditions and illnesses. The facts about this field are pretty simple: the average salary for an OTA is around $57,000 per year and there are over 14,000 openings forecasted to come about in 2016 and beyond. This is a rewarding job that only requires a 2 year degree. Your work will help countless people maintain their lives while it only costs them their individual health insurance.
This may not be a high profile job but it may just be one of the most important ones in the economy today. The internet has created a world of information that is constantly flowing. Data Scientists are charged with taking all of this data flying around and putting it into a system for analyzing. Everything runs via data analysts crunching numbers. Hollywood uses data to cast their blockbuster films, companies use data scientists to decide where they should sell their products and to whom, even the government uses data to help fix all sorts of wide ranging problems. The median salary of this job is an astounding $128,000 per year. You won’t be losing weight on this kind of job and since you’ll likely be corporate you will also score some low cost health insurance.
Accounting has never been a glamorous job but it has always been a consistent one. That’s why you always hear the throwaway line, “I should just quit and become an accountant.” This job is always in demand, takes only a Bachelor’s degree, and will net you nearly $65,000 right out of the gate.
Information Security Analyst
As we stated above with the Data Scientist career, data is flowing everywhere thanks to the internet. With so many people storing important information online the ability to keep it safe is becoming more and more integral. This job will continue to grow in the future and we see it as one of the safest positions you can go to school for. The average Information Security Analyst is earning nearly $90,000 per year.
There are a few positions that will always be required in a first world country and experienced medical professionals are about as safe as they come. A Occupational Therapist won’t have you performing surgery or anything quite so crazy but you will be helping people literally get their life back together again. If you want to be a licensed therapist you will need a Master’s degree. The average Occupational Therapist is bringing home nearly $80,000 per year. We have to imagine that these workers score many chocolate gift baskets from their happy clients, even if they specialize in putting together physical therapy and weight loss program work.
Increased access to healthcare and the continued evolution of medical technology has created a booming field for Diagnostic Sonographers. You may not recognize the job title but you are probably aware of their work. Sonographers use special tools to help see inside of the human body, particularly in relation to pregnancy. The average salary for this position is nearly $63,000 per year.
Are you seeing a trend here with continued medical positions? A Registered Nurse is at the frontline of the healthcare world and you can find your way to a position with just an Associate’s Degree. However, as more and more people graduate from medical programs it is becoming assumed that you should have a Bachelor’s. Registered Nurse’s make around $65,000 per year, not to mention all of the holiday gift baskets they score from happy patients.
Let’s put this simple: math is everything. Math probably isn’t the favorite class of most kids in school but a real commitment to learning the ins and outs could lead to a high paying and noble job in the future. Mathematical Analysts are doing great things in the world of academics and in the private sector where they can work hand in hand with other fields to accomplish huge tasks. The average Mathematician earns nearly $105,000 per year. You’ll need a great weight loss diet from all the fine dining you’ll have from this job’s gaudy pay.
Can you imagine life without the internet? Yeah, that’s right — the internet is here to stay for good. Every person, business, and public entity is going to want to have a solid web presence to showcase themselves. That is where Web Developers come into play developing websites, creating software, and helping to implement code to accomplish tasks. This is an in demand job that grants flexibility in terms of travel while earning nearly $64,000 per year.
Do you have a smart phone? Do you play games on your phone or download applications to help sort out your day to day activities? If so then you can thank Application Developers for their work. This job is focused on developing programs for market, typically at a lower price, in order to rack up sales. A .99 cent app can be sold a million times in a month. Now imagine that payout versus ten apps in a year. There is no firm number for the average income of this position because it can vary but the sky is the limit.
If you feel like a hard path is right for you then consider chasing a career as a Surgeon. Surgeons are literally handling life and death situations on a day to day basis. They help perform surgeries, prevent diseases, and help patients overcome critical life or death moments. In order to get into this field you have to pass medical school and get special training. The average pay for a Surgeon is nearly $190,000 per year.
Nobody dreams of being a foot doctor but if you decide to follow the path then you could end up with a rewarding, high paying career. Podiatrists have to go through Medical School and they have to receive appropriate specialized training. Podiatrists earn nearly $121,000 per year on average. That’s not bad at all and it is considerably less high stress than the surgeon position listed before.
Taking care of your body is always going to be premier in our world and Dietitians are on the front line of making that happen. For this position you will need a strong understanding of both the human body and its relation to nutrition. The average Dietician is earning nearly $60,000 per year.
If you want a pretty smile then you’ll have to understand just how important the job of an Orthodontist is. Orthodontists focus on oral care in relation to keeping your teeth straight and getting your bite in line. You have to go to dental school for this position but you are almost guaranteed a well paying job with an average salary of nearly $190,000 per year and an unemployment rate under .2 percent.
Topping out our list is your every day Pharmacist. Pharmacists are charged with dispensing medication, offering expertise in the world of prescriptions, as well as conducting physical screenings. This job is always in demand and pays a healthy $121,000 per year on average.