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Glassdoor's Best 25 Jobs List Ranks Data Scientist No. 1

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By    |   Friday, 22 Jan 2016 05:40 AM

Move over physician's assistant. Data scientists grabbed the top spot on Glassdoor's ranking of the 25 best jobs to have in America in 2016, while last year's best job dropped to No. 7 on the list.

Glassdoor assesses positions based on the number of job openings, salary, and career opportunities, the organization said on its website.

There were more than 1,700 job openings for anyone skilled in data science, and employees can expect an annual salary of $116,870. If you're curious about what exactly a data scientist does all day, Forbes gave this insight: "A 'data scientist' typically refers to a mix of skills, part statistician and part computer programmer. For instance, data scientists often have to employ computer code (like the Python programming language) to scrape the web for data that may not be in a neatly packaged format, whereas a straight 'statistician' is conventionally hyper-focused on sophisticated data analysis techniques."

"I like the ability to solve real-world problems and make a difference for people with creative applications of math and programming," Ben Greco, a marketing director at security startup Soteria and a former data scientist at the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, told Network World. "Believe it or not, that is the stuff I love."

The next spots on the Glassdoor list, in order, went to tax manager, solutions architect, engagement manager, and mobile developer.

"All these jobs require some flexibility and creativity," Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, told ABC News. "The key for these jobs is that they are mostly in the services sector."

Even as Complex mag tweeted about how the list appears to be pretty boring, children's author Richard Scarry had a little fun writing about some of those top 25 jobs.


Of solutions architects, Scarry wrote on New York magazine's The Cut, "Architects design houses to build. A solutions architect does something else. Fiona Fieldmouse is married to one of these but still can't explain what her wife does all day."

Here is the complete list:

1. Data Scientist - Number of Job Openings: 1,736 - Median Base Salary: $116,840

2. Tax Manager - Number of Job Openings: 1,574 - Median Base Salary: $108,000

3. Solutions Architect - Number of Job Openings: 2,906 - Median Base Salary: $119,500

4. Engagement Manager - Number of Job Openings: 1,356 - Median Base Salary: $125,000

5. Mobile Developer - Number of Job Openings: 2,251 - Median Base Salary: $90,000

6. HR Manager - Number of Job Openings: 3,468 - Median Base Salary: $85,000

7. Physician Assistant - Number of Job Openings: 3,364 - Median Base Salary: $97,000

8. Product Manager - Number of Job Openings: 6,607 - Median Base Salary: $106,680

9. Software Engineer - Number of Job Openings: 49,270 - Median Base Salary: $95,000

10. Audit Manager - Number of Job Openings: 1,001 - Median Base Salary: $95,000

11. Analytics Manager - Number of Job Openings: 982 - Median Base Salary: $105,000

12. Software Development Manager - Number of Job Openings: 1,199 - Median Base
Salary: $135,000

13. Product Marketing Manager - Number of Job Openings: 1,111 - Median Base Salary:
$115,000

14. Marketing Manager - Number of Job Openings: 2,560 - Median Base Salary: $90,000

15. QA Manager - Number of Job Openings: 3,749 - Median Base Salary: $85,000

16. Finance Manager - Number of Job Openings: 1,632 - Median Base Salary: $115,000

17. Business Development Manager - Number of Job Openings: 2,906 - Median Base
Salary: $80,000

18. UX Designer - Number of Job Openings: 863 - Median Base Salary: $91,800

19. Strategy Manager - Number of Job Openings: 631 - Median Base Salary: $130,000

20. Technical Account Manager - Number of Job Openings: 1,160 - Median Base Salary:
$69,548

21. Consultant - Number of Job Openings: 1,071 - Median Base Salary: $84,000

22. Construction Superintendent - Number of Job Openings: 1,054 - Median Base Salary:
$78,000

23. Nurse Practitioner - Number of Job Openings: 5,624 - Median Base Salary: $99,500

24. Electrical Engineer - Number of Job Openings: 2,516 - Median Base Salary: $76,900

25. Software Architect - Number of Job Openings: 653 - Median Base Salary: $130,000

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Move over physician's assistant. Data scientists grabbed the top spot on Glassdoor's ranking of the 25 best jobs to have in America in 2016, while last year's best job dropped to No. 7 on the list.
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