The 25 best jobs in America right now

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A physician assistant practices medicine under the supervision of physicians.
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Physician assistant is the best job in America right now, according to a report from Glassdoor.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these professionals – who typically practice medicine in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals – make over $97,000 a year, on average.

And thanks to the growing need for healthcare services, combined with a shortage of physicians, PAs are in high demand right now.

That and the high pay are what helped PAs earn the No. 1 spot on Glassdoor‘s 2015 list of the Best Jobs in America.

To compile the ranking, Glassdoor identified 25 specific jobs with the highest overall Glassdoor “Job Score,” which is based on a five-point scale. The job score is determined by equally weighing the average annual base salary shared by US-based employees over the past year, career opportunities ratings shared over the past year, and number of open job listings posted to Glassdoor in a three-month period.

“At Glassdoor, we know that there are two factors that job seekers consider most when determining where to work: earning potential and career opportunities,” says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s career trends analyst. “Because of this, we wanted to factor both of these into what it means to have a ‘best job.'”

Dobroski says Glassdoor also takes into consideration the number of job openings because it is an indicator of employment opportunity. “The more jobs available, the better their chances to get hired,” he says.

On the list there’s a heavy concentration of tech jobs and jobs within the healthcare industry, Dobroski notes. “Both of these industries are known for experiencing tremendous growth over the past few years, leading to a high demand-for-hire and compensation for employees,” he explains.

Here are the top jobs right now in America:


25. Sales Engineer

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Tech Hub/flickr

They sell business goods or services that require a technical background equivalent to a baccalaureate degree in engineering.

Job Openings: 6,007 Average Salary: $91,318 Career Opportunity: 3.2 Job Score: 4.2


24. Nurse Practitioner

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Flickr / COD Newsroom

They diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team.

Job Openings: 15,341 Average Salary: $95,171 Career Opportunity: 3.1 Job Score: 4.2


23. Mobile Developer

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A man inspects the Apple iPhone 6 Plus at an electronics store in Mumbai.
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Thomson Reuters

They develop app software for handheld devices.

Job Openings: 4,651 Average Salary: $79,810 Career Opportunity: 3.3 Job Score: 4.2


22. Supply Chain Manager

They work with a company’s vendors to buy parts, materials, and supplies for building the company’s products.

Job Openings: 3,754 Average Salary: $83,795 Career Opportunity: 3.4 Job Score: 4.2


21. Client Services Manager

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Reuters

They act as a liaison between an organization and its customers.

Job Openings: 2,377 Average Salary: $103,736 Career Opportunity: 3.7 Job Score: 4.2


20. IT Project Manager

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Courtesy of CareerCast

They plan, create, and manage the way an organization utilizes computers for business and communication activities.

Job Openings: 5,700 Average Salary: $103,710 Career Opportunity: 3.2 Job Score: 4.3


19. Physical Therapist

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David Rogers/Getty Images

They run rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Job Openings: 27,579 Average Salary: $64,806 Career Opportunity: 3.2 Job Score: 4.3


18. Audit Manager

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

They plan and perform operational and financial audits.

Job Openings: 4,585 Average Salary: $69,271 Career Opportunity: 3.9 Job Score: 4.3


17. Civil Engineer

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Flickr/USACEpublicaffairs

They plan, design, and oversee construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities like roads and power plants.

Job Openings: 6,120 Average Salary: $73,383 Career Opportunity: 3.5 Job Score: 4.3


16. Network Engineer

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University of Salford Press Office/flickr

They design and implement computer networks.

Job Openings: 14,092 Average Salary: $87,518 Career Opportunity: 3.2 Job Score: 4.3


15. Electrical Engineer

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Wikimedia Commons

They research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems.

Job Openings: 10,435 Average Salary: $76,803 Career Opportunity: 3.3 Job Score: 4.3


14. Business Analyst

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Flickr / Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

They analyze a business, define its needs for growth or sustainability, and recommend solutions.

Job Openings: 21,337 Average Salary: $74,638 Career Opportunity: 3.2 Job Score: 4.3


13. Quality Assurance Engineer

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VFS Digital Design/Flickr

They oversee the software-development process, including software testing, from start to finish.

Job Openings: 26,383 Average Salary: $77,499 Career Opportunity: 3.2 Job Score: 4.3


12. Mechanical Engineer

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Thomson Reuters

They perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.

Job Openings: 16,065 Average Salary: $73,015 Career Opportunity: 3.3 Job Score: 4.4


11. Solutions Architect

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Google

They design and engineer complex software or computer systems.

Job Openings: 3,982 Average Salary: $121,657 Career Opportunity: 3.4 Job Score: 4.4


10. Sales Manager

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Reuters/Regis Duvignau

They plan, direct, or coordinate the distribution of a product or service to the customer.

Job Openings: 3,982 Average Salary: $121,657 Career Opportunity: 3.4 Job Score: 4.4


9. Data Scientist

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Flickr / Alessandro Valli

They help a company identify trends and insights from lots of data.

Job Openings: 3,449 Average Salary: $104,476 Career Opportunity: 3.8 Job Score: 4.4


8. Product Manager

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Digital Trends

They help run the teams that design and market a product.

Job Openings: 10,294 Average Salary: $113,363 Career Opportunity: 3.3 Job Score: 4.5


7. Database Administrator

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Flickr/Peter Hardy

They run a company’s database of customers, transactions, and inventory.

Job Openings: 9,790 Average Salary: $97,835 Career Opportunity: 3.4 Job Score: 4.5


6. Marketing Manager

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

They plan, direct, and coordinate the marketing of an organization’s products or services.

Job Openings: 14,647 Average Salary: $100,130 Career Opportunity: 3.4 Job Score: 4.6


5. Finance Manager

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Dotshock/Shuttershock

They help a company strategically manage its money so that it can finance its business needs.

Job Openings: 9,728 Average Salary: $122,865 Career Opportunity: 3.4 Job Score: 4.6


4. Human Resources Manager

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University of Exeter/flickr

They plan, direct, or coordinate human-resources activities and staffing of an organization.

Job Openings: 8,073 Average Salary: $96,443 Career Opportunity: 3.6 Job Score: 4.6


3. Business Development Manager

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Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images

They help a company grow in various ways, including identifying and generating business prospects and maintaining good relationships with clients.

Job Openings: 11,616 Average Salary: $94,907 Career Opportunity: 3.5 Job Score: 4.6


2. Software Engineer

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Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

They design, develop, maintain, test, and evaluate the software and systems that make computers, or anything containing software, work.

Job Openings: 104,828 Average Salary: $98,074 Career Opportunity: 3.3 Job Score: 4.6


1. Physician Assistant

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Getty Images

They see patients and practice medicine in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Job Openings: 45,484 Average Salary: $111,376 Career Opportunity: 3.5 Job Score: 4.8