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2.  Risk Management Dir.

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Julie Pemberton, vice president, risk management at Diatom Ventures
  • Median Pay: $131,000
  • Top Pay: $200,000
  • 10-year job growth: 7%

When a hurricane knocks out a warehouse or a distribution center, the risk management director jumps into action, directing cleanup and rebuilding efforts and filing the necessary insurance claims.

The job has evolved in recent years to be about more than just natural disasters. Directors are now also tasked with identifying, preventing, and planning for all the risks a company might face, from cybersecurity breaches to a stock market collapse.

Why it's great: As they uncover new risks, risk management directors must also advise the company on how to address them. "That keeps me totally engaged and gives me the ability to be creative and find solutions for the business," says risk management vice president Julie Pemberton. "I'm constantly contributing to the business in a meaningful way."

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: A | Telecommuting: B | Low stress: B

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
  @CNNMoney - Last updated January 05 2017 09:03 PM ET

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