According to the survey by CareerCast.com, a US-based jobs website, actuaries – people who put a financial value on risk and determine the chances of accidents, sickness and death – were booming for a number of reasons.
Experts explained that reasons included people looking for someone to understand rapid changes in American laws and to help them interpret “natural and man-made” risks.
Improved technology also meant more complex tasks could be tackled, according to the survey, which was first created in 1988.
Tony Lee, the website’s publisher, told the Wall Street Journal, that duo the “severe shortage” of people in the profession, wages was rapidly rising.
According to survey, the average salary for actuaries is $US91,211 (almost £60,000).
Mr Lee said that several of the popular professions helped people with their financial and health needs in an ageing population such as audiologists, financial planners and physical therapists.