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November 7, 2017 > Best jobs for Millennials (or anyone wanting a great job)

Best jobs for Millennials (or anyone wanting a great job)

By Anne Chan, Ph.D., MFT

U.S. News recently put together a list of the top 10 jobs for millennials. Interestingly, this list was created based on the top three priorities of millennials: salary, work-life balance, and low stress level. This list also considers the possibility for career advancement. What I like about this list is its variety. There are options for those who do not want to pursue a four-year college degree, for those who want to do hands-on work, and for those with a creative and unique bent.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, tech jobs comprise almost half of this list. U.S. News touts web developer (#1 on the list), software developer (#3), computer systems analyst (#4) and mechanical engineer (#5) jobs for millennials. These jobs tend to be well-paid but generally require college degrees and/or significant work experience. Keep in mind that national data was used in the creation of this list. Thus, tech jobs in Silicon Valley might not fulfill the work-balance criterion.

If going to college isnÕt for you, consider the #2 and #10 recommended jobs: dental hygienist or massage therapist. These jobs are great for people who love hands-on work (no pun intended). Both of these jobs require specialized short-term training. However, in a relatively short space of time, you can enjoy a job with good pay and great flexibility. In addition, neither job can be outsourced easilyÑa consideration that is important in an era where jobs are easily exported and outsourced.

Another recommended job that does not require a college degree is that of insurance sales agent (#8). This job is great for millennials who love interacting with people. Fluency in another language other than English is an asset in this line of work.

If you like working with people but do not want to be a sales person, consider becoming a radiation therapist (#7). A radiation therapist is an allied health professional who helps patients fight cancer by administering radiation treatments. The outlook for radiation therapists is promisingÑthe demand for radiation therapists is expected to grow faster than average. In addition, healthcare is a great field with diverse possibilities for advancement.

Two jobs on the list would appeal to those who seek jobs that are off the beaten path: Interpreter and Translator (#6) and cartographer (#9). Interpreters and translators have good options for work flexibility: some get to work from home while others get to choose their schedules. Some work for institutions like universities or hospitals, while others are sole proprietors. Cartography involves the study or practice of map-making. This job is hotter than ever in our age of Google maps and GPS. This job generally involves a college degree and is perfect for those who love geography and travel. In comparison to all other jobs, employment for cartographers is projected to grow faster than average (19%).

I hope this article inspires millennials to pursue career paths that are personally and professionally satisfying. Come to think of it, millennials are not the only ones who value work-life balance. Few people would turn down a low-stress job that offers a decent salary and a nice balance between work and life concerns. The U.S. News job list could also be helpful for non-millennials as well.

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