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Best Mortgage Jobs

Technology, compliance & originators make list

Sept. 21, 2018

By Mortgage Daily staff

Among the hundred best jobs in the nation are several that are found at home lenders -- including positions in compliance and technology. Also making the list were loan originators.

At the top of the ranking among all industries was software developer, according to U.S. News & World Report LP's The 100 Best Jobs in America.

Software developers have a median salary of $100,800. There are a projected 253,400 positions expected to be filled in the sector over the next decade, and the unemployment rate is 1.6 percent.

Out of a total possible score of 10, the score for software developer was 8.3 -- the highest of any position.

The score was determined based on seven components.

In addition to job growth volume, salary and the unemployment rate, the components included future job prospects, 10-year growth percentage, stress level and work-life balance.

Many of the top-25 jobs are medical professionals or in medical-related fields.

One job that many mortgage banking firms have is an information technology manager, which was No. 42 on the list with a score of 6.7. The median salary for this position is $135,800.

Compliance officer, which has been in greater demand following the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, came in at No. 50 with a score of 6.5.

"Compliance officers make sure companies and governing bodies stay in line with internal policies and regulatory requirements," U.S. News said. "In the financial industry, these positions are particularly in demand as the government steps up its enforcement of anti-money laundering laws. "

There are 10,400 compliance jobs projected to be added over 10 years, and the unemployment rate is 1.1 percent.
The median salary is $101,210.

"Loan officer" landed in the 57th position. This includes originators of automobile, business and home loans.

The median salary for a loan officer is $63,500. There are 36,500 of these jobs projected to be added, and the unemployment rate is 2.5 percent.

Data from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors indicate that there were 566,449 mortgage loan originators registered in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System as of the second quarter.

U.S. News noted that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 36,500 new loan officers (for all types of loans) will be added in the coming decade.

Milestones like helping people achieve their dreams of buying a home, financing a new automobile or obtaining needed business capital gratifies loan officers.

While U.S. News noted that automated underwriting software could cut into demand for loans officers -- so could consumer-direct origination technology that is growing in the mortgage industry.

Another position maintained by mortgage origination firms is sales manager, which came in at No. 95 on the list. The median salary is $117,960, the unemployment rate is 2.8 percent ,and there are 28,400 such positions expected to be added in 10 years.

"No single job suits all of us, but many of the best ones have a few attributes in common," the report stated. "They pay well, challenge us year after year, match our talents and skills, aren't too stressful, offer room to advance throughout our careers and provide a satisfying work-life balance."

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