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The world of numbers is set to be all the rage in 2014.
At least, this appears to be the case according to CareerCast’s 2014 Jobs Rated report, which found the most popular job this year to be a mathematician.
Highlighting the rising demand of data analytics in companies and being able to perform mathematical analysis of key trends, the report stated the field’s versatility as the primary reason for its popularity.
Checking in at second place is tenured university professor, which scored top marks in all four of the report’s main criteria – it promises a conducive environment, grants high incomes with low stress levels and has high growth potential.
This ranking isn’t surprising, considering the job’s characteristics are directly in contrast with the report’s worst job in the world – the poorly paid and stressed lumberjack.
Here are a few other traits of those jobs in the list of the 10 hottest occupations in 2014 (salaries in USD):
BLS Median Annual Salary: $101,360
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 23%
Known as one of the most diverse fields in the report, the job is titled the most popular occupation in 2014 due to its high income levels and good opportunities for growth.
2. University professor (Tenured)
BLS Median Annual Salary: $68,970
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 19%
University professors are integral in giving students the necessary foundation to succeed in other careers, but the stability of the job and its excellent environment grants it another reason to be a favourite this year.
BLS Median Annual Salary: $75,560
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 27%
“Statistical analysis is of growing importance to a wide spectrum of industries, thus professional statisticians are in high demand,” the report said.
BLS Median Annual Salary: $93,680
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 26%
An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty, skills which the uncertain economic world definitely needs in the future.
BLS Median Annual Salary: $69,720
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 34%
With an aging population, audiologists are expected to be in high demand over the coming years. Technological advancements are also expected to aid audiologists to become more efficient in the future.
6. Dental hygienist
BLS Median Annual Salary: $70,210
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 33%
Opportunities in the field are abundant and those proficient in this field can command very competitive wages and a flexible work schedule. Now, who wouldn’t want such a job in 2014?
7. Software engineer
BLS Median Annual Salary: $93,350
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 22%
Rapidly altering technologies are requiring skilled software engineers to be able to operate and innovate those technologies to function better. Considering dependence on technologies is increasing year by year, this job is definitely here to stay.
8. Computer systems analyst
BLS Median Annual Salary: $79,680
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 25%
As more companies and institutions move hard copy files into digital formats, those specialising in network administration will have more on their hands and be more in demand in the coming years.
9. Occupational therapist
BLS Median Annual Salary: $75,400
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 29%
As the world gears up for an aging population, demand for the skills of occupational therapist is high as they focus on modifying each patient’s physical environment while training them to use equipment to increase independence.
10. Speech pathologist
BLS Median Annual Salary: $69,870
Projected Job Growth by 2022: 19%
Working in educational or medical settings to help patients work through communicative disorders, speech pathologists rank well across all four categories of the report.