Out with the gray hair and in with the beanies! Research finds that Millennials, born between 1981 and 2000, make for top-notch account executives, financial planners, and data scientists. 

Job search portal CareerCast just released its annual report of Best Jobs for 2015 -- and, for the first time, it includes rankings of the most attractive careers for Millennials. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the site evaluated 200 jobs according to several factors, including pay, growth outlook, stress levels, and overall work environment. It then focused on jobs with the highest percentage of young workers to determine which would be the easiest for Millennials to secure in future.

Most employers are well aware that the problem isn't so much attracting Millennials as it is keeping them over a long period of time. To that end, consider what Millennials find valuable in a career. Though the top-ranked jobs offer salaries above the current median for Millennials (roughly $35,000 annually for men, $30,000 for women), it's important to note that many jobs well-suited for Generation Y don't necessarily pay the most up front. 

"The key is to make it a workplace that is fulfilling to the needs of younger employees," says CareerCastpublisher Tony Lee. Those needs include flexibility and room for growth, as younger workers are increasingly willing to work odd hours from even odder locations, such as their own homes or foreign countries in different time zones. 

The list also includes new career opportunities thanks to the many advancements in technology. Many of the jobs on the list didn't exist a few years ago, notes Lee, citing jobs like social media manager and data scientist.

Below is a list of the top 10 jobs for millennial employees today, including the median salary and possibility for growth.
 

1. Advertising Account Executive

Annual median salary: $115,750

Projected growth outlook: 12%

2. Civil Engineer

Annual median salary: $79,340

Projected growth outlook: 20%

3. Computer Systems Analyst

Annual median salary: $79,680

Projected growth outlook: 25%

4. Data Scientist

Annual median salary: $124,149

Projected growth outlook: 15% 

5. Financial Planner

Annual median salary: $67,520

Projected growth outlook: 27% 

6. Market Research Analyst

Annual median salary: $60,300

Projected growth outlook: 32%

7. Physical Therapist

Annual median salary: $79,860

Projected growth outlook: 36%

8. Social Media Manager

Annual median salary: $46,169

Projected growth outlook: 13%

9. Software Engineer

Annual median salary: $93,350

Projected growth outlook: 22%

10. Statistician

Annual median salary: $75,560

Projected growth outlook: 27%

Published on: Jun 17, 2015