The 20 best tech jobs in America right now

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You don’t have to look exclusively in the tech sector for one of these great jobs.
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Once again, tech jobs dominate Glassdoor’s list of the 50 best jobs in America.

But, it turns out, you don’t have to work in the tech industry to have one of the best tech jobs this year.

As Dr. Andrew Chamberlain,Glassdoor’s chief economist, tells Business Insider, companies across all industries, including healthcare, finance, and retail, are hiring workers for these needed positions. “Any organization today with a mobile app, web presence, or digitized data are struggling to fill jobs like data scientists, software engineers, and mobile developers,” Chamberlain says.

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.

“This report reinforces that the best jobs are highly skilled and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation,” Chamberlain says.

He explains that the skills helping workers stay ahead of automation are creativity, judgment, and flexibility.

“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.”

Below are the 14 tech roles among Glassdoor’s 50 best jobs, as well as the six next best tech roles according to Glassdoor:


20. Scrum master

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gpointstudio/Shutterstock

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 3.9

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 1,323

Median base pay: $95,000


19. Network administrator

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/Flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 3.9

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 2,030

Median base pay: $62,000


18. User interface (UI) developer

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Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 1,122

Median base pay: $91,000


17. Php developer

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Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 2,921

Median base pay: $80,000


16. Data architect

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Flickr/Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 1,334

Median base pay: $114,000


15. Information technology (IT) manager

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Vancouver Film School/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 2,070

Median base pay: $120,000


14. Business intelligence developer

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 837

Median base pay: $83,000


13. User interface (UI) designer

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VFS Digital Design/Flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 950

Median base pay: $80,000


12. Product manager

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VFS Digital Design/Flickr

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.4

Number of job openings: 5,536

Median base pay: $107,000


11. Technical account manager

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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 1,968

Median base pay: $66,000


10. Systems administrator

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Thomson Reuters

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 4,046

Median base pay: $68,000


9. Mobile developer

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Shutterstock/baranq

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 2,130

Median base pay: $85,000


8. Quality assurance (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


7. 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


6. 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


5. User experience (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


4. 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


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. Software development and information technology operations (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