The 10 Best Jobs for Millennials…and the 10 Worst

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With more career opportunities than almost any generation before them, millennials have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a job. But what are the most important factors to my generation as they’re hunting to get hired? According to U.S. News & World Report, who surveyed more than 1,000 millennials age 20-34, it comes down to salary, work-life balance, and stress levels. They put together a list of jobs for millennials that meet these standards.

Despite many entering the workforce in search of meaningful career paths, “more and more are recognizing the appeal of practical jobs that pay the bills.” Our generation has grown up in a period of economic uncertainty and with college debt rising by the second and most of us barely able to afford avocado toast, let alone a house, it makes sense that many are hoping for more stable jobs. According to the survey, these are the best jobs for millennials (and the worst).

I won’t say that I’m not a little disappointed in the findings. As a millennial working freelance, writing an article for a site of women that thrive off of unconventional career opportunities, and so many of my friends making it as freelancers and creatives, I guess I have a skewed perspective of the average millennial.

Do any of the results surprise you? Are you now considering a career in dentistry and web development? I’d love to hear what you think of the report in the comments below.

 

 

The 10 Best Jobs for Millennials

1. Web developer

Median salary: $64,970

Work-life balance: high

Stress level: below average

 

2. Dental hygienist

Median salary: $72,330

Work-life balance: high

Stress level: average

 

3. Software developer 

Median salary: $98,260

Work-life balance: above average

Stress level: average

 

4. Computer systems analyst 

Median salary: $85,800

Work-life balance: average

Stress level: average

 

5. Mechanical engineer

Median salary: $83,590

Work-life balance: above average

Stress level: average

 

6. Interpreter and translator

Median salary: $44,190

Work-life balance: high

Stress level: average

 

7. Radiation therapist

Median salary: $80,220

Work-life balance: above average

Stress level: below average

 

8. Insurance sales agent

Median salary: $48,200

Work-life balance: high

Stress level: average

 

9. Cartographer

Median salary: $61,880

Work-life balance: average

Stress level: below average

 

10. Massage therapist

Median salary: $38,040

Work-life balance: above average

Stress level: below average

 

 

The 10 Worst Jobs for Millennials

1. Construction worker, $31,910

2. Actor, $39,236

3. Bartender, $19,530

4. Choreographer, $45,940

5. Community health worker, $36,300

6. Restaurant cook, $23,100

7. Paramedic, $31,980

8. Nursing aide, $25,710

9. Sales representative, $55,730

10. Structural iron and steelworker, $50,490

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