When choosing a career, it’s important to seek out jobs that are meaningful, will allow balance in your life, and that will be around in the future.
But a high salary doesn’t hurt, either.
US News & World Report recently released its 2018 Best Jobs rankings, which determines the best occupations in the US based on median salary, employment rate, job growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.
The publication then ranked these coveted positions by pay, finding that, unsurprisingly, many of America’s top jobs come with six-figure salaries.
Positions in the healthcare sector dominated the list, with anesthesiologists claiming the top spot.
Read on to see the 25 best high-paying jobs in the US, with salary data and projected job growth from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and job descriptions provided by US News & World report (we included mean annual salary data where specific median annual salary data was not available):
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25. Medical and health services manager
Median annual salary: $96,540
Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 19.8%
Medical and health services managers are the planners, directors and coordinators who work behind the scenes to keep hospitals, nursing homes, group practices, and other health care facilities running efficiently.
24. Political scientist
Median annual salary: $114,290
Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 2.1%
Political scientists look back at history and monitor current affairs to understand how the policies and laws affect government, business, and people and to forecast trends. Their employers range from the federal government to nonprofits.
Median annual salary: $100,610
Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 22.5%