STEM jobs make up most of the 'Best Jobs of 2015'

Health care positions give way to technology, math, science

STEM jobs dominate the top 10 "Best Jobs of 2015," according to a new CareerCast.com report.

Each year, the career website examines the 200 most populous positions and ranks them based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data about income, job outlook, stress, work environment, and other factors to determine the best jobs.

The "hiring outlook, salary, better work environment brought on by competition for employees" in STEM fields "all walk hand-in-hand to make these jobs more appealing than any others," says Tony Lee, editor and publisher for CareerCast.

In the past, jobs in the health care field accounted for most of the top 10 jobs, but this year STEM overtook them—and most are on track to grow by at least 20% from 2012 to 2022.

Top 10 best jobs of 2015

Rank

Occupation

Median salary

1

Actuary

$94,209

2

Audiologist

$71,133

3

Mathematician

$102,182

4

Statistician

$79,191

5

Biomedical engineer

$89,165

6

Data scientist

$124,149

7

Dental hygienist

$71,102

8

Software engineer

$93,113

9

Occupational therapist

$77,114

10

Computer systems analyst

$81,150


And although these are the top jobs, a gap still remains between the number of people needed and the number available to fill the spots. According to a report from Indeed, 14.2% of all job postings are for health-care practitioner and technicians—but less than 7% of job hunters are seeking those positions. Similarly, 8.4% of all job postings are for computer and math-related jobs, but only 5.5% of people looking for jobs explore those.

Despite this mismatch, there has been an increase in people seeking out technology jobs, says Tara Sinclair, chief economist at Indeed.

"Almost every company needs new hires to have significant tech skills, so the growth is reassuring, but we have a long way to go," she says (O'Brien, CNBC, 6/15; CareerCast.com, accessed 6/18).

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