The 25 best jobs in America right now

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Know how to creatively solve problems? There are some great job options out there for you.
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Flickr / VFS Digital Design

Every January, Glassdoor publishes its list of the best jobs of the year. For the second year in a row, the top spot goes to data scientist.

“This report reinforces that the best jobs are highly-skilled and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation,” Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, tells Business Insider. He explains that the skills helping workers stay ahead of automation are creativity, judgment, and flexibility.

“Those are aspects of work that are extremely difficult to automate, and having them allows workers to team up with technology to become more productive, rather than simply being replaced by it,” Chamberlain says.

“Many of the jobs on this list require proficiency in these ‘soft’ skills,” he explains. “In tech, that includes data science and engineering, which requires the ability to creatively solve problems to deliver business value. In healthcare, that includes physical therapists and nurses, which require the ability to form personal relationships and to be flexible in delivering smart diagnoses and great care to patients.”

Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America report identifies careers with the highest overall “job score,” which is determined by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), job satisfaction rating, and number of job openings.

For a job title to be considered, it had to receive at least 100 salary reports and 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by US-based employees over the past year. The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of January 1, 2017.

While Chamberlain says that this year’s list of best jobs reinforces that tech and healthcare jobs may be great options for people to consider this year, many of the best jobs are also ones that can be found in almost every industry.

“For instance, jobs like accounting manager and communications manager are new to this year’s list, but can be found in almost every industry, from tech to healthcare to retail to finance to entertainment,” Chamberlain says. “The skills required for these jobs are needed in some capacity in almost every industry across the board, which is encouraging for people with those specific skills.”

Below are the 25 best jobs in America right now. And head over to Glassdoor for the full list:


25. Compliance manager

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Flickr / Maryland GovPics

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 1,104

Median base pay: $100,000


24. Nurse manager

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Flickr / COD Newsroom

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 6,710

Median base pay: $77,000


23. Controls engineer

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NASA Goddard Photo and Video / Flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 1,756

Median base pay: $75,400


22. QA manager

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St Kitts and Nevis Photo Stream/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 2,531

Median base pay: $92,000


21. Communications manager

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Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 1,332

Median base pay: $82,000


20. Mechanical engineer

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RoboCup2013/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 3,383

Median base pay: $76,000


19. Finance manager

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Wonderlane/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 3,142

Median base pay: $116,000


18. Supply chain manager

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Bold Content/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 1,270

Median base pay: $100,000


17. Corporate recruiter

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University of Exeter/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2

Number of job openings: 2,858

Median base pay: $60,000


16. Software engineer

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Samuel Mann/Flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 17,085

Median base pay: $101,000


15. Nurse practitioner

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U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 15,634

Median base pay: $100,000


14. Electrical engineer

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 3,643

Median base pay: $78,000


13. Audit manager

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Syda Productions/Shutterstock

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 1,887

Median base pay: $98,000


12. Occupational therapist

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BSIP/Getty Images

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 14,897

Median base pay: $72,000


11. Marketing manager

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WOCinTech Chat/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 3,875

Median base pay: $90,000


10. Solutions architect

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Flickr / Vancouver Film School

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 2,232

Median base pay: $125,000


9. UX designer

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Flickr / VFS Digital Design

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 1,691

Median base pay: $92,500


8. Strategy manager

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VFS Digital Design/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.5

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.3

Number of job openings: 1,184

Median base pay: $130,000


7. Database administrator

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.5

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 2,877

Median base pay: $93,000


6. HR manager

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.6

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 4,339

Median base pay: $85,000


5. Analytics manager

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WOCinTech Chat/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.6

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.1

Number of job openings: 1,958

Median base pay: $112,000


4. Tax manager

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Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.7

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 3,317

Median base pay: $110,000


3. Data engineer

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wocintechchat.com/WOCinTech Chat/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.7

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.3

Number of job openings: 2,599

Median base pay: $106,000


2. DevOps engineer

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VFS Digital Design/Flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.7

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2

Number of job openings: 2,725

Median base pay: $110,000


1. Data scientist

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Shutterstock

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.8

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.4

Number of job openings: 4,184

Median base pay: $110,000