The 25 Best Jobs in America - 2016

The 25 best jobs list was compiled based on the combined ranking within three categories: job openings, salary and career opportunities.

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 20, 2016

The 25 Best Jobs in America - 2016

When deciding your career path, it can be beneficial to know your options – like, say the top jobs that are available. To aid in this decision-making process, students look to their interests, studies and rankings from studies across the globe. So, in order to help with your career prospects, here’s one such list.

Glassdoor releases an annual list that identifies the best jobs in the country.

According to Glassdoor, the jobs that made the list were chosen based on three factors: the number of job openings, job salary and a rating of career opportunities.

The jobs ranked within the top 25 tier achieved the highest “Glassdoor Job Score,” standing out in all three aforementioned categories.

Here’s some information to help you understand the list, and the methodology behind it:

“Estimated job listings” are based on how many active job listings Glassdoor had listed on their site, as of January 8, 2016.

The “job score” listed is determined based on a five-point scale, with a score of five equaling the best and one resulting in the lowest ranked job score.

Similar to the “job score” ranking, “career opportunity” is ranked on a five-point scale, with five having the highest career potential and one being ranked with the lowest career potential. You can learn more about the methodology involved within this list at the bottom of the article.

If you need help determining which career path is the right one, check out the top 25 ranked jobs in America for 2016:

1. Data Scientist

Estimated Job Openings: 1,736
Median Base Salary: $116,840
Career Opportunity: 4.1
Job Score Ranking: 4.7

2. Tax Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 1,574
Median Base Salary: $108,000
Career Opportunity: 3.9
Job Score Ranking: 4.7

3. Solutions Architect
Estimated Job Openings: 2,906
Median Base Salary: $119,500
Career Opportunity: 3.5
Job Score Ranking: 4.6

4. Engagement Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 1,356
Median Base Salary: $125,000
Career Opportunity: 3.8
Job Score Ranking: 4.6

5. Mobile Developer
Estimated Job Openings: 2,251
Median Base Salary: $90,000
Career Opportunity: 3.8
Job Score Ranking: 4.6

6. HR Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 3,468
Median Base Salary: $85,000
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score Ranking: 4.6

7. Physician Assistant
Estimated Job Openings: 3,364
Median Base Salary: $97,000
Career Opportunity: 3.5
Job Score Ranking: 4.6

8. Product Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 6,607
Median Base Salary: $106,680
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score Ranking: 4.5

9. Software Engineer
Estimated Job Openings: 49,270
Median Base Salary: $95,000
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score Ranking: 4.5

10. Audit Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 1,001
Median Base Salary: $95,000
Career Opportunity: 3.9
Job Score Ranking: 4.5

11. Analytics Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 982
Median Base Salary: $105,000
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score Ranking: 4.5

12. Software Development Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 1,199
Median Base Salary: $135,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score Ranking: 4.4

13. Product Marketing Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 1,111
Median Base Salary: $115,000
Career Opportunity: 3.5
Job Score Ranking: 4.4

14. Marketing Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 2,560
Median Base Salary: $90,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score Ranking: 4.4

15. QA Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 3,749
Median Base Salary: $85,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score Ranking: 4.4

16. Finance Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 1,632
Median Base Salary: $115,000
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score Ranking: 4.3

17. Business Development Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 2,906
Median Base Salary: $80,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score Ranking: 4.3

18. UX Designer
Estimated Job Openings: 863
Median Base Salary: $91,800
Career Opportunity: 3.6
Job Score Ranking: 4.3

19. Strategy Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 631
Median Base Salary: $130,000
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score Ranking: 4.3

20. Technical Account Manager
Estimated Job Openings: 1,160
Median Base Salary: $69,548
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score Ranking: 4.2

21. Consultant
Estimated Job Openings: 1,071
Median Base Salary: $84,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score Ranking: 4.2

22. Construction Superintendent
Estimated Job Openings: 1,054
Median Base Salary: $78,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score Ranking: 4.2

23. Nurse Practitioner
Estimated Job Openings: 5,624
Median Base Salary: $99,500
Career Opportunity: 3.1
Job Score Ranking: 4.2

24. Electrical Engineer
Estimated Job Openings: 2,516
Median Base Salary: $76,900
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score Ranking: 4.2

25. Software Architect
Estimated Job Openings: 653
Median Base Salary: $130,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score Ranking: 4.2

Here’s the methodology behind the list, according to Glassdoor:

“Methodology: Glassdoor’s 25 Best Jobs in America report identifies specific jobs with the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score. The Glassdoor Job Score is determined by weighting three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), career opportunities rating, and number of job openings. Results represent job titles that rate highly among all three categories.

The Glassdoor Job Score is based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best job, 1.0=bad job). For a job title to be considered, it must receive at least 75 salary reports and at least 75 career opportunities ratings shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year (1/8/15-1/7/16).

The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 1/8/16. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles.”

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