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6.  Continuous Improvemt. Mgr.

100 best jobs continuous improvement manager
Ed Noack, Nestlé Waters
  • Median pay: $96,600
  • Top pay: $130,000
  • 10-year job growth: 12%

Continuous improvement managers identify goals that make a company more efficient, then teach employees how to work toward those targets, and review how well these practices are embedded in the culture. It's all about making sure a company continues to move forward smoothly.

What's great: Attainable solutions make a big difference company-wide, so the payoff and reach is great. "What drives me the most is that I get to work to help people live better lives every day," said Ed Noack of Nestlé Waters. --E.F.

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

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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