The 50 Best Jobs for 2018 (according to Glassdoor)

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Data Scientist Takes Top Spot for Third Consecutive Year; Newcomers Include Speech Language Pathologist, Business Analyst and HR Generalist

With nearly two in five (38 percent) job seekers and employees, including more than half (56 percent) of millennials (18-34 year olds), looking for a job now or planning to in the next year1Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing job sites, today announced its annual jobs report identifying the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018.

The report highlights the 50 best jobs based on each job’s overall Glassdoor Job Score.2 The Glassdoor Job Score is determined by weighing three key factors equally: earning potential based on median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating and number of job openings. The jobs that made this list stand out across all three categories.

The top five are:

1. Data Scientist

  • Job Score: 4.8
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,524
  • Median Base Salary: $110,000
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2. Devops Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,369
  • Median Base Salary: $105,000
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3. Marketing Manager

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,439
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000
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4. Occupational Therapist

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 11,903
  • Median Base Salary: $74,000
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5. HR Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,458
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000
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SEE COMPLETE RESULTS for the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018.

“Half of the jobs on this year’s list are those within the fast-growing technology and health care industries, reinforcing that highly skilled jobs are in-demand, well compensated and those in which employees are satisfied,” said Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. “Workers with certain technical and soft skills, such as creativity, flexibility and good judgement, are at an advantage across industries, from health care to finance to HR, to leverage advances in artificial intelligence and automation. That’s because AI is increasingly complementing these jobs, while not replacing the people needed to do them.”

In a recent Glassdoor Economic Research report, What’s Ahead for Jobs? Five Disruptions to Watch in 2018, Dr. Chamberlain cites how AI and automation are poised to impact nearly every facet of the workforce in some way, especially in the talent acquisition and finance industries.

Tech jobs make up 20 of Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018, up from 14 jobs in 2017. New tech jobs added to the list this year include Front End Engineer (No. 15, 4.4) and Data Analyst (No. 38, 4.2). With a strong presence of tech roles related to collecting, organizing and analyzing data, there are also four jobs this year related to business operations, which can include making sense of data to inform business decision making: Strategy Manager (No. 7, 4.5), Business Development Manager (No. 14, 4.4), Business Intelligence Developer (No. 42, 4.1) and Business Analyst (No. 43, 4.1). Plus, five jobs are in the health care industry, including Physician Assistant (No. 25, 4.3), which has the highest median annual base salary of $104,000, and Occupational Therapist (No. 4, 4.5), which has the highest number of current job openings at 11,903, among three others.


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