Julie Halloran, Quality Assurance Coordinator, RN, MSN at Nazareth Hospital
Median Pay: $69,000
Top Pay: $91,000
10-year job growth: 16%
These on-staff nurses can have an outsize impact on patients' health. Quality assurance coordinators review a health care organization's nursing practices and implement changes to improve safety and quality. That means training the nurses in best practices, documenting the organization's adherence to regulations, and working with outside agencies that track hospital standards.
Why it's great: The position offers a more regular schedule than some other nursing jobs, while still working toward the goal of caring for patients. "I may wear clothes rather than scrubs to work now, but I do not consider this a desk job," says Quality Assurance Coordinator Julie Halloran.
Quality of life ratings: Personal satisfaction: B | 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
By Beth Braverman @CNNMoney - Last updated January 05 2017 09:03 PM ET