5 Best Jobs in America
Statistician ranks highest based on income, stress level, outlook, more
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2017 7:19 PM CDT
Crunching numbers can boost the numbers on your paycheck.   (Getty Images/Portra)

(Newser) – It's hard to pinpoint what the absolute "best" job is: Whether a person's time in front of a computer screen, on the floor, or in the field is heaven or hell depends on one's particular interests and talents, and that assessment can be clouded by other factors like how long it takes to get to work or even how much someone likes their co-workers. So 24/7 Wall St. ran through CareerCast's data on various occupations, which pays attention to more objective qualifiers such as salary, environment and safety, stress levels, and industry outlook. You'll need to have an aptitude for data and stats for many of the top jobs on this list, but you'll be paid well for your efforts. Here, the best prospects, along with median annual wages:

  1. Statistician, $80,110
  2. Medical services manager, $94,500
  3. Operations research analyst, $78,630
  4. Information security analyst, $90,120
  5. Data scientist, $111,267
Check out the entire list. (If you're just going by pay, see the 10 best US jobs here.)

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