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Top 10 careers over the years

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Every year CareerCast creates a list of the Top 200 jobs based on income, work environment, stress, and hiring outlook. Each time Mathematics and Computer Science (CS) related occupations have dominated the Top 10; meaning a degree in mathematics or CS will help you land the best jobs around! Below is the Top 10 jobs and their average salary as ranked by CareerCast for years 2011-2017 respectively.

Note: a bolded job is one that a University of Waterloo Mathematics or Computer Science graduate currently holds!

2017

  1. Statistician
    $80,110
  2. Medical services manager
    $94,500
  3. Operations research analyst
    $78,630
  4. Information security analyst
    $90,120
  5. Data scientist
    $111,267
  1. University professor
    $72,416
  2. Mathematician
    $111,298
  3. Software engineer
    $100,690
  4. Occupational therapist
    $80,219
  5. Audiologist
    $73,250
 

2016

  1. Data scientist
    $128,240
  2. Statistician
    $80,295
  3. Information security analyst
    $89,280
  4. Audiologist
    $73,231
  5. Diagnostic medical sonographer
    $68,200
  6. Mathematician
    $104,285
  7. Software engineer
    $93,233
  8. Computer systems analyst
    $83,255
  9. Speech pathologist
    $72,247
  10. Actuary
    $97,362

2015

  1. Actuary
    $94,209
  2. Audiologist
    $71,133
  3. Mathematician
    $102,182
  4. Statistician
    $79,191
  5. Biomedical engineer
    $89,165
  6. Data scientist
    $124,149
  7. Dental hygienist
    $71,102
  8. Software engineer
    $93,113
  9. Occupational therapist
    $77,114
  10. Computer systems analyst
    $81,150
 

2014

  1. Mathematician
    $101,360
  2. Tenured university professor
    $68,970
  3. Statistician
    $75,560
  4. Actuary
    $93,680
  5. Audiologist
    $69,720
  6. Dental hygienist
    $70,210
  7. Software engineer
    $93,350
  8. Computer systems analyst
    $79,680
  9. Occupational therapist
    $75,400
  10. Speech pathologist
    $69,870

2013

  1. Actuary
    $91,211
  2. Biomedical engineer
    $85,163
  3. Software engineer
    $89,147
  4. Audiologist
    $68,135
  5. Financial planner
    $107,222
  6. Dental hygienist
    $69,107
  7. Occupational therapist
    $74,108
  8. Optometrist
    $95,254
  9. Physical therapist
    $78,102
  10. Computer systems analyst
    $79,145
 

2012

  1. Software engineer
    $88,142
  2. Actuary
    $88,202
  3. Human resources manager
    $99,102
  4. Dental hygienist
    $68,109
  5. Financial planner
    $104,161
  6. Audiologist
    $67,137
  7. Occupational therapist
    $72,110
  8. Online advertising manager
    $87,255
  9. Computer systems analyst
    $78,148
  10. Mathematician
    $99,191

2011

  1. Software engineer
    $87,140
  2. Mathematician
    $94,178
  3. Actuary
    $87,204
  4. Statistician
    $73,208
  5. Computer systems analyst
    $77,153
  6. Meteorologist
    $85,210
  7. Biologist
    $74, 278
  8. Historian
    $63,208
  9. Audiologist
    $63,144
  10. Dental hygienist
    $67,107

Also check out the Financial Post's 17 high-paying jobs for people who hate stress! Half of the jobs listed are related to math and computer science, which means a degree from the Faculty of Math leads to low stress jobs with high salaries!