The Best and Worst Jobs for 2016

The Best & Worst Jobs for 2016

If your children or grandchildren hope for a top job in America, they’ll need a strong background in mathematics or science — especially computer science.

All 10 of the best jobs for 2016 require schooling in one of those areas, according to CareerCast.com. And the payoff for such an education is big, because these jobs have high median salaries and growth prospects.

CareerCast.com examined 200 professions based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To determine the best and worst of them, it analyzed each job’s environment (emotional, physical demands, hours worked), income and outlook (employment and income growth potential).

The rise of exponential technologies, particularly big data, influences several of the best jobs, including the top one: data scientist. There clearly is a growing need for professionals who can interpret voluminous amounts of data that can be mined for information. 

Here are the 10 best and 10 worst jobs in America for 2016, according to the CareerCast.com analysis.

10 Best Jobs

Job Median Wage Growth Outlook
1. Data Scientist $128,240 16%
2. Statistician $79,990 34%
3. Information Security Analyst $88,890 18%
4. Audiologist $73,060 29%
5. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer $62,540 24%
6. Mathematician $103,720 21%
7. Software Engineer $97,990 17%
8. Computer Systems Analyst $82,710 21%
9. Speech-Language Pathologist $71,550 21%
10. Actuary $96,700 18%

10 Worst Jobs

Job Median Wage Growth Outlook
1. Newspaper Reporter/Print $36,390 -9%
2. Logger $35,160 -4%
3. Broadcaster $37,200 -9%
4. Disc Jockey $29,010 -11%
5. Enlisted Military $27,936 flat
6. Pest Control Worker $30,660 -1%
7. Retail Salesperson $21,670 7%
8. Advertising Salesperson $47,890 -3%
9. Taxi Driver/Chauffeur $23,210 13%
10. Firefighter $45,970 5%

Originally published in Inside Personal Finance September 2016

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