Heading up a company's information technology department, these directors make sure that the company's technology is working to support its goals. They have budget-level authority to make IT purchasing and development decisions in line with that strategy.
Why it's great: IT directors get to work with people at many different levels of the organization and put lots of different skills to work. "You get to blend business with technology, and planning with execution," says IT Director Eric Feigenbaum.
Quality of life ratings: Personal satisfaction: B | Benefit to society: B | Telecommuting: A | Low stress: C
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2014-24, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more details, see How We Picked the Best Jobs. Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
By Beth Braverman @CNNMoney - Last updated January 05 2017 09:03 PM ET