Top 25 best jobs in America: Tech makes strong showing

Of the 25 best jobs in America in 2016, 10 are in the tech industry, according to a new survey.

In fact, No. 1 on the list is a tech job: Data scientist, which has a median base salary of $116,840 and a “job score” of 4.7 out of 5. The score, determined by jobs site Glassdoor, is based on number of job openings, salary and career opportunities rating. As of Jan. 8, there were 1,736 active job listings for a data scientist position on Glassdoor.

Here are the rest of the tech jobs, in order of where they appeared on the overall list: solutions architect, mobile developer, product manager, software engineer, analytics manager, software development manager, QA manager, UX designer and software architect. Combined, there are more than 68,000 of these positions available, with nearly 50,000 of those openings for software engineer, according to the survey. The tech job with the highest median base salary, $135,000, is software development manager.

Glassdoor says it classified as “tech” jobs that “require a deep technical skill set or education, such as coding or data analysis skills.” And in case you’re looking to land the other positions on the list — and another recent Glassdoor survey says 45 percent of people are looking for new jobs this year — you might want to brush up on those math and/or science skills. The other top jobs include tax manager, finance manager, physician assistant.

Here’s the full list.

  1. Data Scientist
    Number of Job Openings: 1,736
    Median Base Salary: $116,8402.
  2. Tax Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 1,574
    Median Base Salary: $108,000
  3. Solutions Architect
    Number of Job Openings: 2,906
    Median Base Salary: $119,500
  4. Engagement Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 1,356
    Median Base Salary: $125,000
  5. Mobile Developer
    Number of Job Openings: 2,251
    Median Base Salary: $90,000
  6. HR Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 3,468
    Median Base Salary: $85,000
  7. Physician Assistant
    Number of Job Openings: 3,364
    Median Base Salary: $97,000
  8. Product Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 6,607
    Median Base Salary: $106,680
  9. Software Engineer
    Number of Job Openings: 49,270
    Median Base Salary: $95,000
  10. Audit Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 1,001
    Median Base Salary: $95,000
  11. Analytics Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 982
    Median Base Salary: $105,000
  12. Software Development Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 1,199
    Median Base Salary: $135,000
  13. Product Marketing Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 1,111
    Median Base Salary: $115,000
  14. Marketing Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 2,560
    Median Base Salary: $90,000
  15. QA Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 3,749
    Median Base Salary: $85,000
  16. Finance Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 1,632
    Median Base Salary: $115,000
  17. Business Development Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 2,906
    Median Base Salary: $80,000
  18. UX Designer
    Number of Job Openings: 863
    Median Base Salary: $91,800
  19. Strategy Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 631
    Median Base Salary: $130,000
  20. Technical Account Manager
    Number of Job Openings: 1,160
    Median Base Salary: $69,548
  21. Consultant
    Number of Job Openings: 1,071
    Median Base Salary: $84,000
  22. Construction Superintendent
    Number of Job Openings: 1,054
    Median Base Salary: $78,000
  23. Nurse Practitioner
    Number of Job Openings: 5,624
    Median Base Salary: $99,500
  24. Electrical Engineer
    Number of Job Openings: 2,516
    Median Base Salary: $76,900
  25.  Software Architect
    Number of Job Openings: 653
    Median Base Salary: $130,000

Bay Area-based Glassdoor collects anonymous job and company ratings. For this survey, job titles must have received at least 75 salary reports and at least 75 career opportunities ratings shared by employees between Jan. 8. 2015 and Jan. 7, 2016.

 

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