These occupations may sound like weird jobs, but one of them could be the perfect position for you.
To find the best underrated jobs, U.S. News looked for lesser-known occupations that ranked highly on the Best Jobs for 2021 list. These rankings consider which positions have good incomes, low stress and the chance for a positive work-life balance, among other factors.
Based on our analysis, here are 5 interesting jobs for those who want unique careers. Salary and job growth data comes from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
1. Medical and Health Services Manager
Median Salary: $100,980
Expected Job Growth by 2029: 31.5%
While they work in the health care sector, medical and health services managers don’t provide clinical care. Instead, they manage how health care businesses are run. Also known as health care executives or administrators, these workers may prepare budgets, oversee staffing decisions and develop strategic goals for a hospital, clinic or similar organization.
Medical and health services managers need a bachelor’s degree, and larger organizations may prefer to hire someone with a master’s degree. Degree options in this field include health administration, health management and business administration. In some cases, managers may begin in a clinical role such as nursing and later be promoted to an administrative position.
2. Orthotist and Prosthetist
Median Salary: $68,410
Expected Job Growth by 2029: 16.9%
These professionals may have one of the more underrated jobs in health care, but they provide a vital service to those who have lost limbs or need supportive devices. Orthotists and prosthetists design and fabricate artificial limbs, braces and other prosthetic devices.
To work in this field, you’ll need a master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics. In addition to two-years of graduate school, orthotists and prosthetists must complete an accredited one-year residency program before they can be certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. Some states have licensure requirements as well.
3. Operations Research Analyst
Median Salary: $84,810
Expected Job Growth by 2029: 24.8%
On the face of it, operations research analysts have a straightforward job. They are given a problem, such as how to reduce costs or improve efficiency, and asked to solve it. To do so, they may need to conduct extensive research, use sophisticated software and run hypothetical models using a variety of scenarios. It can be a challenging job, and operations research analysts are paid well for their problem-solving ability.
Workers in this occupation are expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree in a technical field such as engineering, analytics, computer science or mathematics. A few schools have dedicated degrees in operations research.
4. Genetic Counselor
Median Salary: $81,880
Expected Job Growth by 2029: 21.5%
This occupation has been made possible by advances in health care technology. Genetic counselors help assess a person’s risk for inherited conditions. They gather information, suggest testing options and provide consultation reports for physicians and other health care providers. Prenatal, cancer and pediatric are three common specialties within the field.
Genetics counselors generally have a master’s degree. Some states require they be licensed prior to beginning their practice, and professional certification is available through the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Not only do these workers have unique jobs, but they also get paid well and should have good job prospects going into the next decade.
Median Salary: $74,750
Expected Job Growth by 2029: 4.4%
These professionals are experts in supply chains. In other words, they are the people who make sure products move smoothly from suppliers to consumers. They can oversee all aspects of acquiring product materials, storing inventory and transporting it to buyers. Some logisticians may be responsible for moving people as well, such as military personnel.
Some people may become logisticians through work experience or by earning an associate degree. However, a bachelor’s degree is a more common entry point into this occupation. Professional certification for logisticians is available through industry groups such as the International Society of Logistics.