The 15 Best White Collar Jobs

Occupations With the Most Job Openings

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Occupations that involve performing professional duties, often in an office setting, are commonly known as white collar jobs. These occupations typically require at least a bachelor's degree, and often an advanced degree such as a master's or doctorate. Workers usually receive a salary rather than an hourly wage.

Here are 15 white collar jobs with very promising futures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment in these fields will grow much faster (an increase of 15 percent or more) or faster (an increase of 10 to 14 percent) than all occupations between 2016 and 2026.

Each of them currently has a large number of employees and promises to add more workers than most other occupations.

1. Applications Software Developer

An applications software developer designs applications, for example, word processors, spreadsheets, games, and databases.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science or software engineering

Median Annual Salary (2016): $100,080

Number of People Employed (2016): 831,300

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 31 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 255,400

2. Accountant or Auditor

An accountant or auditor prepares financial statements, examines financial records for accuracy and compliance with laws and regulations, and makes sure taxes get paid on time.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in accounting

Median Annual Salary (2016): $68,150

Number of People Employed (2016): 271,900

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 10 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 139,900

3. Market Research Analyst

A market research analyst studies the market in order to help companies to decide what products to sell and what prices to set for them.

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in market research or a related field like statistics, math,  business administration, the social sciences, or communications.

Median Annual Salary (2016): $62,560

Number of People Employed (2016): 595,400

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 23 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 138,300

4. Information Security Analyst

An information security analyst develops and implements processes to safeguard an organization's computer systems and networks. 

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in cybersecurity, computer science, information assurance, programming, or a related field. 

Median Annual Salary (2016): $92,600

Number of People Employed (2016): 100,000

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 28 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 128,500

5. Management Consultant

Sometimes called a management analyst, a management consultant help companies find ways to improve their efficiency or increase profits.

Required Education:

  • Minimum: Bachelor's degree in business, computer and information science, economics, accounting, management, finance, marketing, or psychology
  • Preferred: MBA

Median Annual Salary (2016): $81,330

Number of People Employed (2016): 806,400

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 14 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 115,200

6. Financial Manager

A financial manager oversees an organization's financial health.

Required Education

Median Annual Salary (2016): $121,750

Number of People Employed (2016): 580,400

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 19 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 108,600

7. Medical or Health Services Manager

A medical or health services manager coordinates all the activities of a medical practice, an entire health care facility, or a single department of a health care facility.

Required Education:

  • Minimum: Bachelor's degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration
  • Preferred: Master's degree

Median Annual Salary (2016): $96,540

Number of People Employed (2016): 352,200

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 20 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 72,100

8. Personal Financial Advisor

Personal financial advisors provide their clients with guidance about investments, retirement, college savings, and insurance.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in any subject and on-the-job training

Median Annual Salary (2016): $90,530 plus bonuses 

Number of People Employed (2016): 271,900

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 15 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 40,400

9. Civil Engineer

Civil engineers use their scientific and mathematical expertise to design, build, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in civil engineering

Median Annual Salary (2016): $83,540

Number of People Employed (2016): 303,500

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 11 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 32,200

10. Operations Research Analyst

An operations research analyst identifies and solves problems in business, logistics, health care, and other fields.

Required Education: Bachelor's or Master's degree in operations research, mathematics, engineering, analytics, or computer science.

Median Annual Salary (2016): $79,200

Number of People Employed (2016): 114,000

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 27 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 31,300

11. Administrative Services Manager

An administrative services manager, sometimes known as an office manager, oversees an organization's support services including record keeping, facilities maintenance, and mail distribution.

Required Education:

  • Minimum: High school diploma
  • Preferred: Bachelor's degree in business, facility management, information management, engineering, or information management

Median Annual Salary (2016): $90,050

Number of People Employed (2016): 281,700

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 10 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 28,500

12. Cost Estimator

A cost estimator calculates the cost of completing a construction or manufacturing project.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in a field related to the construction industry

Median Annual Salary (2016): $61,790

Number of People Employed (2016): 217,900

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 11 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 22,900

13. Instructional Coordinator

An instructional coordinator develops, implements, and assesses the effectiveness of school curriculums.

Required Education/Experience: Master's Degree and experience as a teacher or school administrator

Median Annual Salary (2016): $62,460

Number of People Employed (2016): 163,200

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 11 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 17,200

14. Database Administrator

A database administrator uses software to store and organize data and make it accessible to users, while also keeping it secure from unauthorized intrusions.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field

Median Annual Salary (2016): $84,950

Number of People Employed (2016): 119,500

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 11 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 13,700

15. Real Estate Appraiser or Assessor

A real estate appraiser estimates the value of a single property, while an assessor evaluates an entire neighborhood of homes.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree with coursework in mathematics, economics, finance, English, business and real estate law, and computer science.

Median Annual Salary (2016): $51,850

Number of People Employed (2016): 80,800

Projected Job Growth (2016-2026): 14 percent

Projected Increase in Jobs (2016-2026): 11,700

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook; Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online (visited March 2, 2018).