The Sexiest Job Of The Century Is Here, And I’m Very Confused

The Sexiest Job Of The Century Is Here, And I'm Very Confused

There’s no denying that your vocation can have a huge impact on your attractiveness to the opposite sex. Let’s say you’re out a first date with a guy who’s just your average Joe. He’s not bad-looking, but he’s no McDreamy either. You ask him what he does, and he responds one of two ways. First, imagine him saying that he’s a pediatrician who spends his days helping kids with cancer get better. Joe’s weak 7 just turned into a strong 9. On the other hand, Joe could talk about his job as an exterminator, where he spends his days planting hoarders’ homes with rat poison. Uh….check, please.

Harvard Business Review released the sexiest job the century, which Glassdoor confirmed was the best job of 2016. If you’re thinking it’s a doctor, a lawyer, or a real estate developer, you’re wrong. In fact, you’re not even close. The sexiest job of the 21st century is, apparently, a data scientist. Wait, what?

So what exactly makes a data scientist so attractive? Cold hard cash, apparently. Data scientists make an average of $116,840 a year, and those that work at the top companies are bringing in much, much more. According to Business Insider, salaries from some of the top companies are even more impressive.

Apple: $149,963
LinkedIn: $138,798
Twitter: $134,861
Facebook: $133,841
Microsoft: $119,129
Airbnb: $117,229
IBM: $110,823

Of course, there are other careers that bring in that much as far as annual pay – I’m thinking doctors and lawyers, of course – but the real benefit lies in the fact that data scientists typically only need a Bachelor’s degree, and therefore, are likely to have up to several hundred thousand dollars less of student debt. If I’m going to end up with someone making a six-figure salary, I’d much rather see that money go toward an impressive ring instead of Sallie Mae. If you’re thinking about a career change, you might want to start by brushing up on your tech skills, and pretty soon, you’ll be able to help out your phone’s storage problem by deleting that Tinder app once and for all.

[via Business Insider]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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