Glassdoor, a job recruiting and employee-based review website, recently announced the 50 Best Jobs in the U.S. for 2017. Technology-based jobs dominate the list and especially the top 10 positions. The jobs are rated using the same system which Glassdoor deems “The Glassdoor Job Score”. Considerations include: job satisfaction rating, job openings, and average salary. These factors determine a score on a scale of 1-5. At Number8, we stay on top of the latest tech trends and news including information about the IT job market. Follow along for more information about the Top 10 Tech Jobs in America with details about what each of these different jobs entails.
Top 10 Tech Jobs in America in 2017
1. Data Scientist
Data scientist tops the list of the Top 10 Tech Jobs as per Glassdoor’s Job Score with a 4.8 score. The average salary for data scientists is $110,000 a year and over 4,000 openings are available in the United States. As a data scientist, the main job role is creating value out of data. By designing, developing, and executing machine based tools to organize and interpret thousands of lines of data. Statistical analysis is a performance bonus that will help make the job easier. It will also open up additional opportunities within the job field.
2. DevOps Engineer
Coming in at the number two slot, DevOps Engineer gets a total Glassdoor Job Score of 4.7 making it a very close second to data scientist. With the same salary average, the job satisfaction rating drops to 4.2 and the number of openings is significantly more limited with only 2,725 reported openings in the U.S. If interested in a career in DevOps Engineering, being a team player is crucial. The main role of DevOps is working with software engineers to launch, manage, maintain, and test operating systems for technology companies.
3. Data Engineer
Data Engineer ties with DevOps Engineer and brings in a job score of 4.7 according to Glassdoor. The job satisfaction rating of a data engineer is higher than that of a DevOps engineer at 4.3, but the salary average falls by $4,000 to $106,000 and the number of openings falls, again, to 2,599. Data engineers work to build large-scale processing systems for data. They then maintain, test, and improve upon said systems. Data engineers should be up-to-date on the latest technologies and able to work with them.
4. Tax Manager
With a job score of 4.7/5, Tax Manager takes the 4th spot in the list of the Top 50 Jobs in the U.S. for 2017. The salary average bumps back up to $110,000 per year and job openings in this field also improve to 3,317. The job satisfaction score falls to an even 4 which is the lowest within the Top 5. As a tax manager, the full spectrum of tax services falls under the job description. Tax forms and math within your day-to-day work. Customer service also plays a huge role in being successful in the world of tax management.
5. Analytics Manager
As an Analytics Manager, the main job role is managing a team of analysts in the business field. Using business data and methods that draw from statistical analytics, Analytics Managers provide an in-depth understanding of business performance and provide educated improvement suggestions. This field pulls in the third highest average salary on the list with a median salary of $112,000. Job satisfaction and the overall job score both hit in the high 4.5 area, but the amount of job openings is limited to fewer than 2,000 which makes it 5th in the list of Top 10 Tech Jobs.
6. HR Manager
The sixth spot in this Top 10 list belongs to the role of Human Resources Manager or HR Manager for short. The job score is a strong 4.6 with 4,339 openings in the country, a satisfaction score of 3.8, and an average salary of 85,000 dollars a year. While the salary is on the smaller side of the spectrum and the job satisfaction rate is lower, the abundant amount of openings in this field makes the role of HR Manager an appealing one. The ideal HR Manager candidate has experience leading a team and familiarity with policies as they relate to employee relations, compensations, health benefits, job safety, and staffing.
7. Database Administrator
A database administrator is fully responsible for the safety, performance, and ability of databases that are used to run technology companies. They also develop databases for future use and work with users to identify and eliminate issues through troubleshooting. With all the responsibilities that fall under this job title, it would seem that the job satisfaction score for this particular career would be low, but Glassdoor rates it with a satisfaction score of 3.8 and an average salary of $93,000. There are 2,877 openings in this field throughout the United States which gives Database Administrator an overall job score of 4.5 and the seventh position on the list.
8. Strategy Manager
As a Strategy Manager, salary jumps back up over the $100,000 mark by a whopping extra $30,000, so people who find success in this field stay there. A high job satisfaction rate of 4.3 leaves the job score at 4.5 despite the low amount of openings – 1,184. Strategy Managers are responsible for determining the long term goals of a company. As a result, they plan what strategies need to be deployed in order to meet the predetermined goals, as well. These goals are evaluated through reviews of the organization to help identify the strengths and weakness as well as the openings for improvement throughout the company.
9. UX Designer
The job of UX Designer is one of the most in-demand throughout the country, but it is in a field that is ever expanding. Consequently, job opportunities and openings continue to appear. As a UX Designer, job requirements include mobile and web development of user friendly and marketable website designs. Added experience in Photoshop is a huge plus within the field and could possibly boost the average salary even higher than the reported $92,500 by Glassdoor. Job satisfaction rakes in a pretty basic score of 4.0 and the amount of job openings sits at 1,691 which makes UX Designer the 2nd least available job on the list.
10. Solutions Architect
In IT, a Solution Architects job is somewhat confusing and also dependent on the job of the functional analysts. As functional analysts create the requirements for certain aspects of information technology, solutions architects then balance and execute those requirements. The average Solutions Architect brings in a quarter of a half a million dollars a year. Job satisfaction sits at 3.7/5 and openings are very average with 2,232 openings available in the United States. This brings the score to 4.4 and rounds out the list of the Top 10 Tech Job according to Glassdoor.
Technology continues to dominate the future of the world in terms of long-term career opportunities. At Number8, we are in a dynamic field that is an integral part of most types of business. And we love it. For more information about tech job opportunities, including how to become a member of the team at Number8, call 502-890-7665.