Best Careers for Problem Solvers

Stan T.


People who are suitable for these jobs are good at identifying and solving complex problems. They are also good at reviewing information to evaluate solutions and implement them.

Surgeons

treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.
Salary: $251650
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Oral Surgeons

perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.
Salary: $234990
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Hospitalists

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provide inpatient care predominantly in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, or emergency rooms. Manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Neurologists

diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous system.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Pathologists

diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Preventive Medicine Physicians

apply knowledge of general preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups or individuals, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death. May practice population-based medicine or diagnose and treat patients in the context of clinical health promotion and disease prevention.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Urologists

1 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system and the renal glands.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Allergists and Immunologists

Dr. Tsvetelina Velikova, MD, PhD from Lozenetz University Hospital
2 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Psychiatrists

Dr. Krysti Vo from
Dr. Tahia Haque, MD from Savant Care
2 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.
Salary: $217100
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Family and General Practitioners

Dr. Kristin Miller from
Alberto Zambrano, MD from
2 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.
Salary: $214370
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Internists

diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.
Salary: $210960
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Chief Executives

Phil Crippen from John Adams IT
David Valverde from Pranos.ai
Miles Gotcher from Soov
13 reviews
determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
Salary: $197840
Education: Master's degree
High job satisfaction


Chief Sustainability Officers

communicate and coordinate with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enact or oversee a corporate sustainability strategy.
Salary: $197840
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Dentists

Dr. Kate Ring from Grace Dental Design
Dr. Neil J. Gajjar, DDS from
Dr. Michelle Farnoush, DMD from
8 reviews
examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.
Salary: $180830
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Treasurers and Controllers

direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.
Salary: $151510
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Lawyers

Rajeh A. Saadeh from The Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh, L.L.C.
Jay Vaughn from Hendy Johnson Vaughn Emery
Kyle Persaud from Persaud Law Office
Max Pepper from Missouri Ticket Fixers, a traffic law firm in Kansas City, MO
23 reviews
Lawyers represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Salary: $148910
Education: Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
Strong job growth

Physicists

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conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
Salary: $137700
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Judges and Magistrates

arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Salary: $131850
Education: Doctoral degree
High job satisfaction


Air Traffic Controllers

control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.
Salary: $127440
Education: No degree required
High job satisfaction

Actuaries

analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. May ascertain insurance rates required and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.
Salary: $123180
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Aerospace Engineers

Ludovic Chung-Sao from An aircraft engine manufacturer
1 reviews
perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Salary: $121110
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Chemical Engineers

Steve Zhang from Grupo Farma, a pharmaceutical company
1 reviews
design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Salary: $114820
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Applications Software Developers

Chloe Choe from Blueprint Test Prep
Ali Zhagparov from Devexperts
Juee Tendulkar from Allstacks
Ajit Singh from Zscaler
8 reviews
develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Salary: $114270
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth

I/O Psychologists

apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
Salary: $112690
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth


Mathematicians

conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Salary: $112530
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Electronics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
Salary: $112320
Education: Bachelor's degree

Manufacturing Engineers

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design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.
Salary: $107060
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Robotics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.
Salary: $107060
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Elementary and Secondary School Principals

Meredith Essalat, M.Ed. from A school in California
1 reviews
plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.
Salary: $103010
Education: Master's degree
High job satisfaction

Administrative Law Judges

conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Salary: $102050
Education: Doctoral degree
High job satisfaction


Medical Scientists

conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.
Salary: $101800
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Agricultural Engineers

apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.
Salary: $101620
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Mining and Geological Engineers

conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.
Salary: $100140
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Clinical Neuropsychologists

apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.
Salary: $100130
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth

Biomedical Engineers

apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
Salary: $98340
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth

Biostatisticians

develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.
Salary: $97170
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Environmental Engineers

research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.
Salary: $96890
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Water/Wastewater Engineers

design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.
Salary: $96890
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Mechanical Engineers

Mike Reinalda from 3devo
1 reviews
perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
Salary: $95560
Education: Bachelor's degree


Automotive Engineers

1 reviews
develop new or improved designs for vehicle structural members, engines, transmissions, or other vehicle systems, using computer-assisted design technology. Direct building, modification, or testing of vehicle or components.
Salary: $95560
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Transportation Engineers

develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.
Salary: $95440
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Human Factors Engineers

design objects, facilities, and environments to optimize human well-being and overall system performance, applying theory, principles, and data regarding the relationship between humans and respective technology. Investigate and analyze characteristics of human behavior and performance as it relates to the use of technology.
Salary: $93610
Education: Master's degree
High job satisfaction


Operations Research Analysts

formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.
Salary: $92280
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth

Bioinformatics Scientists

2 reviews
Bioinformatics Scientists conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.
Salary: $89910
Education: Bachelor's degree

Molecular and Cellular Biologists

research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.
Salary: $89910
Education: Doctoral degree


Police Detectives

conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.
Salary: $89300
Education: No degree required
High job satisfaction

Criminal Investigators

Joseph Gutheinz from NASA's Office of Inspector General
1 reviews
investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Salary: $89300
Education: No degree required
High job satisfaction

Clinical Psychologists

Nicole Prause from
5 reviews
diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.
Salary: $89290
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Emergency Management Directors

plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.
Salary: $84310
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Business Continuity Planners

develop, maintain, or implement business continuity and disaster recovery strategies and solutions, including risk assessments, business impact analyses, strategy selection, and documentation of business continuity and disaster recovery procedures. Plan, conduct, and debrief regular mock-disaster exercises to test the adequacy of existing plans and strategies, updating procedures and plans regularly. Act as a coordinator for continuity efforts after a disruption event.
Salary: $84290
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


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