Top Job in 2017? Statistician

What's the best job of 2017? According to one leading job-search site, statisticians are at the top of the list, with employment expected to jump by 34 percent in the coming seven years. In its annual look at best (and worst) jobs, CareerCast.com evaluated criteria like income, growth outlook, stress and environmental factors to determine their rankings. Several math- and data-focused jobs occupy the company's top-10 list, including operations research analyst (no. 3), data scientist (5) and mathematician (7).

"A Statistician’s skill set can be used to break down and analyze large quantities of data," according to Career Cast. "The demand for these skills spans a variety of industries, including marketing, banking, government, sports, retail, and even healthcare."