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Best Jobs in America

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

12.  Portfolio Manager

2016 best jobs
Maggi Keating, portfolio manager with FBB Capital Partners
  • Median Pay: $118,000
  • Top Pay: $215,000
  • 10-year job growth: 30%

Portfolio managers work with (typically wealthy) clients to help them meet their personal financial goals. They map out the best investment strategies, then figure out when and how to change those investments as their lives or the broader economy changes.

Why it's great: Helping people realize their dreams is rewarding, and the work is always changing. "This job is so driven by global events and quantitative data, that you can never become complacent," says portfolio manager Maggi Keating. "There is always something new to learn."

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: C | Benefit to society: C | Telecommuting: 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 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:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 02:13 PM ET

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