Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

38. Computer Security Spec.
Computer Security Spec.
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Median pay: $90,900
Top pay: $125,000
10-year job growth: 22.1%
Total jobs*: 544,400

What they do all day? Protecting files and personal information are gaining in importance, as privacy issues and hacker attacks become increasingly common. Computer security specialists help safeguard computer systems from cybercriminals and eliminate viruses and malware that sneaks through.

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What's great? What's not? --J.A.

What they do all day? Protecting files and personal information are gaining in importance, as privacy issues and hacker attacks become increasingly common. Computer security specialists help safeguard computer systems from cybercriminals and eliminate viruses and malware that sneaks through. --J.A.

Quality of life ratings:
  • Personal satisfaction: C
  • Benefit to society: B
  • Flexibility: B
  • Low stress: B
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*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research

Do Computer Security Specialists have great jobs, or what? Are these great jobs, or what?
It's still a tough job market, so when CNNMoney, in partnership with data from PayScale.com, set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, first and foremost we looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities.

Other big factors: pay (how strong it is now, and how fast it's growing), overall job satisfaction, and how many jobs are in the field overall.
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