NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Navigating the job market as a millennial is no easy task, but some career paths offer more opportunities than others.
A new study from online job search and career advice portal CareerCast identifies the top 10 jobs for millennials in 2015. Researchers found that careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the so-called STEM careers -- are among the best opportunities.
To create its job rankings, CareerCast utilizes data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and evaluates criteria in four main arenas: environment, income, outlook and stress. It assigns point values to create an overall ranking of a total 200 jobs.
For its millennials list, CareerCast additionally identifies fields that have a high percentage of millennials already employed or where hiring is rapidly growing.
The Pew Research Center defines millennials as individuals born from 1981 to 1997. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 50 million people in that age group are currently employed.
Millennials face a unique set of challenges in the workforce, and, like anyone, they are prone to mistakes. Career expert Roy Cohen recently pointed to a slew of slipups common among millennials, ranging from abusing social media policy to job-hopping too frequently. Others, however, suggest the generation isn't changing jobs frequently enough.
Obstacles aside, a number of careers have a lot to offer the millennial generation. Here are the 10 best areas to explore in 2015.
Advertising Account Executive
Annual Median Salary: $115,750
Projected Growth Outlook: 12%
It's a good time to be an advertising account executive. The field is expected to add 25,400 jobs from 2012 to 2022, and the median salary is a handsome $115,750.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about one-quarter of advertising and promotions managers work for advertising agencies. They also find positions at radio and television broadcasting companies, newspapers and book publishers, and automobile dealers. The best-paying jobs can be found in New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Colorado.