Top jobs for Millennials

Jobs with high pay, good work-life balance, and low stress—what more could you want?

Top jobs for Millennials

These jobs hit the marks for Millennials.

If you’re a Millennial, meaning you were born between 1982 and 1997, then there are certain benefits you prioritize when looking for a job.

Despite common stereotypes against your generation, none of these include Ping-Pong tables, beer kegs, napping pods, or any other crazy fun workplace perk. (Although, we’re not saying you would be opposed to any of these, either.)

Recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked the best jobs for Millennials, based on a survey that asked respondents to rank the job factors that matter to them most. Salary came out as most important to this generation, followed by work-life balance and stress level.

Taking these factors into account, U.S. News and World Report then identified the top jobs for Millennials, with web developer, dental hygienist, and software developer topping the list and a few surprises rounding out the top 10.

None of the jobs on the list require more than a bachelor’s degree, making them perfect for entry-level job seekers fresh out of college. Not to mention, you’ll find yourself among your peers, as all of the jobs boast a high percentage of people ages 20 through 34 who work in the field as well as a high degree of upward mobility to young professionals.

Using the TalentNeuron tool from insights and technology company CEB, Monster also provided the top cities hiring for each of the positions this year.

Check out the full list below to see if one of these jobs would be a good fit for you.

1. Web developer

Median salary: $64,970 per year

Work-life balance: High

Stress level: Below average

Top cities hiring: New York City, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C.

Find web developer jobs on Monster.

2. Dental hygienist

Median salary: $72,330 per year

Work-life balance: High

Stress level: Average

Top cities hiring: MilwaukeeLas VegasHoustonPortland, Oregon; Hillsboro, Oregon

Find dental hygienist jobs on Monster.

3. Software developer

Median salary: $98,260 per year

Work-life balance: Above average

Stress level: Average

Top cities hiring: San FranciscoNew York CitySeattleSanta Clara, California; Chicago

Find software developer jobs on Monster.

4. Computer systems analyst

Median salary: $85,800 per year

Work-life balance: Average

Stress level: Average

Top cities hiring: New York City, Atlanta, Washington, D.C.Chicago, Houston

Find computer systems analyst jobs on Monster.

5. Mechanical engineer

Median salary: $83,590 per year

Work-life balance: Above average

Stress level: Average

Top cities hiring: Auburn Hills, Michigan; HoustonSan DiegoNew York CityOrlando

Find mechanical engineer jobs on Monster.

6. Interpreter and translator

Median salary: $44,190 per year

Work-life balance: High

Stress level: Average

Top cities hiring: Washington, D.CNew York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston

Find all interpreter and translator jobs on Monster.

7. Radiation therapist

Median salary: $80,220 per year

Work-life balance: Above average

Stress level: Below average

Top cities hiring: New York City, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles

Find radiation therapist jobs on Monster.

8. Insurance sales agent

Median salary: $48,200 per year

Work-life balance: High

Stress level: Average

Top cities hiring: Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix

Find insurance sales agent jobs on Monster.

9. Cartographer

Median salary: $61,880 per year

Work-life balance: Average

Stress level: Below average

Top cities hiring: Springfield, Virginia; St. LouisDayton, Ohio; HonoluluWashington, D.C.

Find cartographer jobs on Monster.

10. Massage therapist

Median salary: $38,040 per year

Work-life balance: Above average

Stress level: Below average

Top cities hiring: Austin, Texas; Las VegasChicagoPhoenixDenver

Find all massage therapist jobs on Monster.

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A job that offers career development, work-life balance, and low stress levels, in addition to a solid paycheck, is attractive to every generation, and Millennials are no exception—that means competition for these jobs is fierce. Want to stand out from the crowd? Join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox to save you time and effort in your search.