Glassdoor Ranks the Top 25 Jobs in America

Glassdoor just released its annual list.

ByMARGARET CHADBOURN
January 20, 2016, 1:08 PM
PHOTO: Inside the Mercy emergency room RN Michelle Powell, right, works with nursing student and soon to be RN Jessica Hall at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., Nov. 19, 2015.
Inside the Mercy emergency room RN Michelle Powell, right, works with nursing student and soon to be RN Jessica Hall at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., Nov. 19, 2015.
Laurie Sisk/The Joplin Globe via AP Photo

— -- For many workers determined to find a new job in 2016, Glassdoor is helping point the way by coming up with a list of the best careers to pursue.

The top job in 2016: Data scientist, where the mean salary is just over $116,000. There are currently more than 1,700 data scientist job openings on Glassdoor.

To compile its annual list of Best Jobs in America, the job search site ranks careers on a variety of factors, including salaries, the number of current openings and earnings potential.

"All these jobs require some flexibility and creativity," said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist. "The key for these jobs is that they are mostly in the services sector."

Health care and technology are two fields that are hiring, according to the site, and jobs in finance are also high on the list.

Several job titles were added to the list this year: tax manager, analytics manager and UX designer. Not included are jobs like medics or lawyers, which Chamberlain says is mainly due to fewer openings in those sectors.

"For most of these jobs, you could actually apply and get hired without certifications," he said. "It shows that if you’re looking to get a new job, there’s room to possibly go in a different direction. People change careers a lot in their lifetime."

Check out the complete list of the 25 jobs that cracked that list below:

1. Data Scientist• Number of Job Openings: 1,736• Median Base Salary: $116,840

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

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