The best jobs for millennials

Millennials value salary and work-life balance in a career, according to an analysis by U.S. News & World Report.

For the analysis, U.S. News surveyed roughly 1,000 people aged 20 to 34, asking them to rank nine job factors in order of importance.

The five job factors that matter most to millennials, along with their average scores, are:

  1. Salary (6.47)
  2. Work-life balance (6.3)
  3. Stress level (5.88)
  4. Upward mobility (5.42)
  5. Future job prospects (5.14)

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After identifying what millennials look for most in a job, analysts compared the results with job data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. News Best Jobs rankings.

The jobs that are the best fit for millennials' priorities are:

  1. Web developer
  2. Dental hygienist
  3. Software developer
  4. Computer systems analyst
  5. Mechanical engineer
  6. Interpreter and translator
  7. Radiation therapist
  8. Insurance sales agent
  9. Cartographer
  10. Massage therapist

The findings echo the conclusions of other recent research, which has found that millennial students are more likely than previous generations to list higher salary as a reason to pursue a college degree.

Millennials have practical reasons for focusing on salary, Jonathan Blumberg argued in a recent article for CNBC. He pointed out that today's students and families have more concerns about the cost of college, student loan debt, and a challenging job market (Koenig, U.S. News & World Report, 10/25).

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