We talk a lot about millennials, but it's Generation Z—those born from 1995 to 2010—who are just now leaving school for the workplace. And with this generation soon searching for work,CareerCast has ranked the best jobs for them based on salary, growth outlook, and their unique skills.
According to CareerCast, Generation Z cares less about income for wealth-building and more about avoiding debt. (That might have a little something to do with the average school debt climbing to $37,137 this year.) And with the average retirement age climbing ever higher, "early planning and smart savings strategies are paramount for the new generation, starting from the outset of their careers," CareerCast writes. That's likely why you'll see financial adviser as one of the top jobs for these young men and women.
But because of their Internet, smartphone, and app savvy, this generation could also find a welcome home in tech-related careers, CareerCast says. "The changing technological landscape plays a big role in the job prospects for Generation Z," the site writes. "For example, Statistician is a hot career path with an expected growth of 34 percent by 2024, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."
With these things and more in mind, here are the top 10 jobs for Generation Z.
1. Computer and information systems manager: With a median salary of $131,600 and strong potential for growth, it's easy to see why this job made CareerCast's list. In this career, "the ability to understand the needs of systems operators and implement streamlined process is key," the site writes, "and the lifelong experience Generation Z has with computers provides keen insight."
2. Environmental engineer: As CareerCast writes, "with growing emphasis on environmental advancements, and the popularity of chemical engineering degrees…conscientious Generation Z professionals might find fulfillment in a career as an environmental engineer." A median salary of $84,560 doesn't hurt, either.
3. Financial planner: As mentioned above, Generation Z cares about getting out of debt. So taking a job as a financial planner—where they could earn a median salary of $89,160 each year—makes sense. Plus, "financial institutions rank among the most prolific hirers of new college graduates, and degrees in finance rank among the most popular degrees that American students have received in the last three years," CareerCast writes.
4. Human resources manager: Writes CareerCast, "With many current college students earning degrees in communications and business administration, which are a stepping stone to jobs in HR, organizations will have ample opportunity to bring on Generation Z human resources managers to meet their needs." In this field, Generation Z could also expect to make a median yearly salary of $104,440.
5. Information security analyst: Generation Z may be the most digital savvy generation to come into the workforce, CareerCast says, because they were immediately exposed to the Internet. "That means a lifetime’s worth of information stored in servers that need vigilant protection by information security analysts," the site writes, plus a $90,120 median yearly salary.
6. Interpreter or translator: The median salary for this job ($44,190) is smaller than other jobs that made this list. But what it lacks in pay it makes up in growth outlook—at 29 percent. As CareerCast writes, "The growing connectivity around which Generation Z grew up has helped bring the world and its many languages together. Work throughout different nations and cultures has grown rapidly, and will only to continue to expand in the decades to come."
7. Market research analyst: Writes CareerCast, "The boom of Generation Z consumers requires a keen attention to their trends and attitudes. Who is better equipped to analyze and predict the market of their peers than a market research analyst?" Good point. Plus, the median yearly salary of $62,150 look pretty good too.
8. Registered nurse: Nursing is a popular degree program, writes CareerCast, "[and] those new graduates enter a market with high projected growth, as healthcare providers seek to meet the growing demand of the populace." And with a $67,490 median yearly salary to boot.
9. Software developer: As CareerCast says, "the digital nativism for which Generation Z is known will prove useful in developing the software strategies of the future," noting these men and women may be particularly interested in developing software for the entertainment industry, "given their exposure to video games since childhood." In this field, this generation can expect to earn a median yearly salary of $100,690.
10. Statistician: According to CareerCast, "the qualities that score so highly for statistician translate to the needs of Generation Z: rapid growth, high pay, and a rapidly growing field." That includes an $80,110 median yearly salary.