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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 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 respectively.

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

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!