Engineering Dominates Glassdoor’s List of the 50 Best U.S. Jobs

Nearly half are tech-related professions with tens of thousands of openings

9 May 2017

Those who use the career website Glassdoor to look for a job know it can be an invaluable resource. It allows job seekers to read reviews about a company from current employees, and even find how much various positions pay. Those who post reviews can rate how satisfied they are in their job on a scale of one to five. Glassdoor uses that data to compile its annual 50 Best Jobs in America list. On this year’s list, 23 of the top jobs are in engineering and technology.


The top position on the list is data scientist. Nearly every industry—including health care, finance, and transportation—now relies on data specialists to make sense of the high volumes of information being collected. Data scientists must be able to translate information into insight for their companies, says Dennis Shasha, computer science professor at New York University and associate director of the NYU Wireless research center. Shasha researches pattern recognition and database tuning.

According to Glassdoor, data scientists have high job satisfaction, and their median base salary is US $110,000. The site currently lists more than 4,000 job openings in the field, including ones at Amazon, IBM, McAfee, and Quora.

Next on the list is DevOps engineer (software developer). In third place is data engineer (system builder). Their salaries and job satisfaction rankings are comparable to data scientists’.

Electrical engineer is No. 14 on the list. On average, EEs on Glassdoor rate their job satisfaction at 3.7 out of 5. The median base salary is $78,000.

At No. 16 is software engineer. On Glassdoor, software engineers earn a median base salary of $101,000. Despite their relatively good pay and demand, though, they report a 3.5 in job satisfaction. There are more than 170,000 job opportunities posted, including positions at Lyft and PayPal.

Other positions that made the list are hardware engineer (No. 30), research engineer (37), and information security engineer (39). User-experience designers, quality-assurance managers, mobile developers, and intelligence analysts are in demand, too.

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