Statisticians decide what data they need to answer a certain question; they determine how to collect this data; they design experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the data and then report conclusions.
And unlike most professions, statistics can be applied to a vast number of fields or issues, like the environment, public safety, health care and sports.
Going forward, we see statisticians working closely with collaborators from the biomedical, computer, environmental, genetics and social sciences, as well as contributing to quantitative solutions involving human rights and counter-terrorism.
Statisticians made a median salary of $80,110 in 2015. The highest-paid earned $130,630 or more, while the lowest-paid statisticians made $44,900 or less.
A mathematician can be anyone from your middle school algebra teacher to a computer programmer.
Some mathematicians primarily conduct research to explore and develop theories, while others are applied mathematicians who use theories and techniques to solve everyday problems.
The profession’s versatility also influences job growth.
Individuals and companies continue to adapt to an age of innovative technology, increasingly operating business online and through social media, smartphones and other devices.
Digitally stored data is growing, and companies will need mathematicians to analyze that data to improve processes, design and create products.
During a time of uncertainty regarding cyber security, mathematicians will also be needed to help information security analysts develop data security systems.
In short, though the field is small, it’s growing quickly.
According to the BLS, mathematicians earned a median salary of $111,110 in 2015.
Sectors that pay the best include scientific research and development services, and management, scientific and technical consulting services.
3. Financial Advisor
It’s an exciting time to be a financial advisor, since several decades ago, the position didn’t really exist.
Put simply, financial advisors meet with clients and counsel them on their finances.
Financial advisors can also invest a client’s funds and meet with him or her regularly to discuss their investments.
Many times, financial advisors help plan a safe, comfortable future for their clients.
The median annual salary for financial advisors was $89,160 in 2015. 2015年，财务顾问的年薪中位数为89,160美元。
On top of their salaries, many advisors also earn substantial bonuses.
What is actuarial science?
It’s a discipline that uses mathematics, statistics and financial theory to measure, manage and mitigate financial risk and uncertainty.
Actuaries are essential to the insurance industry, and they’re increasingly finding niches in other businesses.
Most actuaries are employed by the insurance industry, and their actuarial expertise will continue to be needed to evaluate insurance products.
Actuaries make a good living. In 2015, they brought home a median income of $97,070.
5. Operations Research Analyst
Operations research analysts are high-level problem-solvers who use advanced techniques, such as optimization, data mining, statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, to develop solutions that help businesses and organizations operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Operations research analysts can be found in virtually every industry, from manufacturing to finance and throughout the spectrum of government agencies.
Demand for these professionals should remain high for years to come, as companies and governments seek greater efficiency and cost savings.
The median annual salary for operations research analysts was $78,630 in 2015.
Whether it’s the money-laundering stoner in “Weeds” or the dorky auditor in “Parks and Recreation,” pop culture tends to portray an unsavory picture of accountants, but this profession doesn’t deserve such a bad reputation.
Accountants make a pretty good living, and they have a lot of job security.
After all, as long as people make money, they’ll need other people to handle it for them.
The median annual salary for an accountant was $67,190 in 2015.
7. Medical and Health Services Manager
Medical and health services managers are super-organized professionals.
They 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.
Medical and health services managers made a median wage of $94,500 in 2015.
8. Financial Manager
Along with their teams, they coordinate accounting and produce financial reports, cash-flow statements and profit projections.
Aside from working with numbers, financial managers must also help other members of their organization understand their complex reports, which requires significant communication skills.
Although financial managers face a competitive job market, it’s also a growing one.
Financial management jobs tend to pay well.
The median salary for the profession was $117,990 in 2015.
9. Business Operations Manager
Business operations managers are the go-to men or women in a business.
They help various departments within a company coordinate to meet the end goal.
Every business needs them, large or small, regardless of industry.
Their job includes hiring people, negotiating contracts, addressing budget matters, understanding general business operations and guiding work teams for projects.
They also make strategic decisions about what customers are likely to buy and create company policies that help the staff operate efficiently.
Duties vary widely and depend on the company’s needs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects operations management employment growth of 7 percent between 2014 and 2024, which should be driven by the creation of new businesses. During that period, an additional 151,100 jobs will need to be filled.
Operations managers have one of the highest-paying occupations in the U.S..
These professionals earned a median of $97,730 in 2015.
10. Management Analyst
Management analysts – also known as management consultants – are typically hired to find ways to improve an organization’s efficiency and increase profits.
Management consultants collect and analyze data about how a company works and then recommend changes that will decrease costs or boost revenue.
Consultants often present their suggestions as a written report and oral presentation, which can help companies implement their recommendations.
The median annual salary for management analysts was $81,320 in 2015.