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Now Hiring: These Are the Best Jobs in America for 2016

January 22, 2016
by Dana Sitar
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In December, workplace review site Glassdoor released its eighth annual Employees’ Choice Award winners, which are ranked based on employee reviews at the site over the past year.

Included in the awards are the best jobs in America. Is yours on the list?

Rankings are based on the Glassdoor “Job Score”, determined by three factors:

  • number of job openings (listed on Glassdoor)
  • median base salary
  • career opportunities rating (based on employee reviews)

Here are some of the top jobs for the year, including the salary and the most popular companies hiring for each position.

These are the five best jobs in America in 2016, according to Glassdoor:

1. Data Scientist

Median Base Salary: $116,840

A data scientist helps a company put numbers behind its decisions.

In this position, you may develop systems for collecting info about customer and product trends, or work within existing systems to collect, analyze and report the data.

Most listings require at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical field, and many prefer a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Top Companies for Data Scientists:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Airbnb

2. Tax Accountant/Manager

Median Base Salary: $108,000

A tax manager works with their company and third-parties to provide tax, business and bookkeeping services to clients.

You may help with things like preparing tax returns, general accounting and financial planning.

You’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a CPA license and some years’ experience preparing tax returns, depending on the level of the position.

Top Companies for Tax Managers:

  • Deloitte
  • PwC
  • EY

3. Solutions Architect

Median Base Salary: $119,500

The solutions architect is a liaison between a company and its clients to develop tech solutions that meet business needs.

You’ll field client requests and help your company understand a client’s goals.

Most postings require a bachelor’s degree in business administration or a related field and between three and 10 years’ experience.

Top Companies for Solutions Architects:

  • Cerner
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • EMC

4. Engagement Manager

Median Base Salary: $125,000

An engagement manager is responsible for managing a company’s relationship with a client throughout a project.

Companies provide a variety of business and tech services to clients, so education and experience requirements for these positions vary.

Most are looking for at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or business administration, though many prefer an MBA and several years’ experience.

Top Companies for Engagement Managers:

  • McKinsey & Company
  • Infosys
  • Mu Sigma

5. Mobile Developer

Median Base Salary: $90,000

Finally, a position whose title seems to explain its job description!

A mobile developer works within a company to design, create and implement mobile apps for Android, iOS and other mobile platforms.

You may work for a software company that wants to expand its existing product for mobile devices. Or you could work for a mobile app design company.

Not all of these postings require a degree, though all ask for about five years of app development. So this may be a field to break into as a side hustle!

Top Companies for Mobile Developers:

  • Peterson Technology Partners
  • Mobiquity
  • Astea International

For the top 25 jobs in America in 2016, see the full list at Glassdoor.com.

Your Turn: Did your job make the list? Do these jobs make you think about changing careers?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more.

by Dana Sitar
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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