Tech dominates list of best jobs in U.S.


The list of best jobs in the U.S. continues to be dominated by positions in the technology sector.

The employment site Indeed recently analyzed data from its own listings, focusing on jobs that paid well (at least $75,000) and have had the most growth on Indeed in the past four years.

Topping the list? Well, it depends on how you order the list. If you go by average salary (as Ladders does), here are the top 10 jobs in the U.S. for 2018:

  1. Machine learning engineer: $136,241
  2. Data scientist: $132,915
  3. Optometrist: $131,692
  4. Computer vision engineer: $131,297
  5. Development operations engineer: $125,714
  6. Agile coach: $120,142
  7. Chief estimator: $116,848
  8. Full stack developer: $111,640
  9. Head of sales: $108,788
  10. Staff pharmacist: $107,584

As you can see, tech jobs occupy positions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8. No other industry has more than one position in the top 10.

Indeed ranks its list by the percentage growth in the number of job postings on its site from 2014 to 2017. Here’s how that looks:

  1. Commercial project manager: 277%
  2. Full stack developer: 198%
  3. Computer vision engineer: 169%
  4. Machine learning engineer: 166%
  5. Preconstruction manager: 126%
  6. Construction superintendent: 122%
  7. Optometrist: 118%
  8. Data scientist: 106%
  9. Chief estimator: 101%
  10. Development operations engineer: 91%

Again, a lot of tech jobs — Nos. 2, 3, 4, 8 and 10. Only “agile coach” (someone who helps a team adopt agile methods and practices in order to improve development processes and results) from the former list was missing from this one.

Finally, here are the positions ordered by total number of postings in 2017 per 1 million total jobs. This is a better way to order the jobs than growth percentage, which can be misleading.

  1. Full stack developer: 900 postings per million
  2. Development operations engineer: 836
  3. Data scientist: 647
  4. Construction manager: 532
  5. Product owner: 451
  6. Construction superintendent: 430
  7. Staff pharmacist: 380
  8. Registered nurse – infusion: 294
  9. Optometrist: 280
  10. Construction estimator: 197

The top three here also appear on the first two lists, while another tech job shows up at No. 5. (“Product owner” is an employee responsible for working with a user group to determine the features to include in a new product.)

Now, it doesn’t take a chief data scientist to determine which types of tech jobs aren’t on these lists: Those would include cloud engineer (ninth on Indeed’s 2017 list of best jobs) and anything to do with mobile, the Internet of Things or security.

Likewise, it doesn’t take an algorithm to conclude that being a machine learning engineer, full stack developer, data scientist or DevOps engineer puts you in an enviable position in today’s job market. If that describes you, congratulations!

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