Best Jobs in America

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

42. IT Business Analyst
IT Business Analyst
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Median pay: $80,400
Top pay: $114,000
10-year job growth: 22.1%
Total jobs*: 544,400

What they do all day? These analysts help businesses optimize their technology to improve efficiency, cut costs and bring in new customers.

How to get the job?

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

What they do all day? These analysts help businesses optimize their technology to improve efficiency, cut costs and bring in new customers. --J.A.

Quality of life ratings:
  • Personal satisfaction: C
  • Benefit to society: C
  • 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 IT Business Analysts 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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