Scored: 8.2 out of 10
Systems analyst lost out on the top spot by just two-tenths of a percent, moving up from the #4 overall slot in 2013. Pros earn a mean salary of $79,680, much less than IT managers and software developers, but more than many other tech pros such as DBAs, programmers, sys admins and web developers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts excellent job growth in years ahead – 24.5% by 2022. The job was given Average ratings in the categories of Upward Mobility and Stress Level, and Above Average for Flexibility.