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9.  Database Analyst

2016 best jobs
Ariel Frenchman, database analyst at Sirius XM Radio
  • Median Pay: $70,100
  • Top Pay: $101,000
  • 10-year job growth: 11%

Data has become an increasingly valuable commodity for companies in all industries. That's why database analysts, who look for ways to extract intelligence from the numbers, are in demand.

Why it's great: The role offers a lot of job security across a variety of industries, as well as an ongoing challenge. "I really like figuring out puzzles," says database analyst Ariel Frenchman. "If there are inconsistencies or red flags in the data, I like figuring out what's causing [them]."

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