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Best Jobs in America

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

16.  Real Estate Dev. Mgr.

100 best jobs vp development
Molly Carson, a Phoenix-based development manager for Ryan Companies
  • Median pay: $107,000
  • Top pay: $162,000
  • 10-year job growth: 12%

A real estate development manager scouts locations for a possible building, markets the building to potential tenants, then arranges for the construction -- ideally after the tenants have signed on.

What's great: Rewards include a high degree of autonomy and the satisfaction of playing a key role in growing the local economy. "I get to create something out of nothing," says Molly Carson, a real estate development manager in Phoenix. "You're bringing jobs to that community, making that community a better place." --S.H.

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

Notes: All pay data from 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 2012-22, 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:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 01:24 PM ET

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