The 15 Best White Collar Jobs

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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 (2019): $103,620
  • Number of People Employed (2019): 903,160
  • 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 (2019): $70,500
  • Number of People Employed (2016): 1,397,700
  • 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 (2019): $63,120
    • 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 (2019): $98,350
    • 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 (2019): $836,610
    • 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.

    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 (2019): $99,730
    • 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 (2019): $88,890 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 (2019): $86,640
    • 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 (2019): $83,390
    • 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 (2019): $96,180
    • 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 (2019): $64,040
    • 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 (2019): $64,450
    • 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 (2019): $90,070
    • 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 (2019): $54,980
    • 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 June 23, 2019).