Top jobs for Millennials

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If you’re a Millennial, meaning you were born between 1982 and 1997, then there are certain benefits you prioritize when looking for a job.

Despite common stereotypes against your generation, none of these include Ping-Pong tables, beer kegs, napping pods, or any other crazy fun workplace perk. (Although, we’re not saying you would be opposed to any of these, either.)

Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked the best jobs for Millennials, based on a survey that asked respondents to rank the job factors that matter to them most. Salary came out as most important to this generation, followed by work-life balance and stress level.

Taking these factors into account, U.S. News and World Report then identified the top jobs for Millennials, with web developer, dental hygienist, and software developer topping the list and a few surprises rounding out the top 10.
None of the jobs on the list require more than a bachelor’s degree, making them perfect for entry-level job seekers fresh out of college. Not to mention, you’ll find yourself among your peers, as all of the jobs boast a high percentage of people ages 20 through 34 who work in the field as well as a high degree of upward mobility to young professionals.

Check out the full list below to see if one of these jobs would be a good fit for you.

1. Web developer
Median salary: $64,970 per year
Work-life balance: High
Stress level: Below average
Top cities hiring: New York City, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C.

2. Dental hygienist
Median salary: $72,330 per year
Work-life balance: High
Stress level: Average
Top cities hiring: Milwaukee, Las Vegas; Houston, Portland, Oregon; Hillsboro, Oregon

3. Software developer
Median salary: $98,260 per year
Work-life balance: Above average
Stress level: Average
Top cities hiring: San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Santa Clara, California; Chicago

4. Computer systems analyst
Median salary: $85,800 per year
Work-life balance: Average
Stress level: Average
Top cities hiring: New York City, Atlanta, Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Houston

5. Mechanical engineer
Median salary: $83,590 per year
Work-life balance: Above average
Stress level: Average
Top cities hiring: Auburn Hills, Michigan; Houston, San Diego, New York City, Orlando, Florida

6. Interpreter and translator
Median salary: $44,190 per year
Work-life balance: High
Stress level: Average
Top cities hiring: Washington, D.C; New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston

7. Radiation therapist
Median salary: $80,220 per year
Work-life balance: Above average
Stress level: Below average
Top cities hiring: New York City, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles

8. Insurance sales agent
Median salary: $48,200 per year
Work-life balance: High
Stress level: Average
Top cities hiring: Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix

9. Cartographer
Median salary: $61,880 per year
Work-life balance: Average
Stress level: Below average
Top cities hiring: Springfield, Virginia; St. Louis, Dayton, Ohio; Honolulu, Washington, D.C.

10. Massage therapist
Median salary: $38,040 per year
Work-life balance: Above average
Stress level: Below average
Top cities hiring: Austin, Texas; Las Vegas, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver

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