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The 50 Best Jobs in America

The 50 Best Jobs in America
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While some people look for jobs based on how much they pay, others factor in how happy they'll be in a position when searching for work. That's why the online job site Glassdoor believes the best jobs are those that offer professionals the chance to both make a good salary and be happy with what they're doing.

For the second year in a row, Glassdoor says the job that best fits the bill is data scientist. The position again tops the website's rankings of the best jobs in America.

Tech and health care jobs dominate 2017's top jobs from Glassdoor. There are 14 tech jobs and seven in the health care industry among the top 50. [See Related Story: The Best Jobs You Can Get With Your College Major]

Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said this year's rankings reinforce that the best jobs are highly skilled and staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation. "Nearly half the list is comprised of jobs within the fast-growing technology, health care and finance industries," Chamberlain said in a statement. "In particular for tech jobs, companies across all industries are hiring workers for these needed positions, including employers in health care, finance, manufacturing, retail and more."

The jobs on this year's list are the positions with the highest Glassdoor Jobs Score. The Glassdoor Job Score is determined by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), overall job satisfaction rating and number of job openings. The jobs that made this year's list ranked highly in all three categories. The Glassdoor Job Score is based on a five-point scale, with 5 being the best.

Based on the rankings, the following are the 50 best jobs in America for 2017:

1. Data scientist

  • Job score: 4.8
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.4
  • Number of job openings: 4,184
  • Median base salary: $110,000

2. Devops engineer

  • Job score: 4.7
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.2
  • Number of job openings: 2,725
  • Median base salary: $110,000

3. Data engineer

  • Job score: 4.7
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.3
  • Number of job openings: 2,599
  • Median base salary: $106,000

4. Tax manager

  • Job score: 4.7
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 3,317
  • Median base salary: $110,000

5. Analytics manager

  • Job score: 4.6
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.1
  • Number of job openings: 1,958
  • Median base salary: $112,000

6. HR manager

  • Job score: 4.6
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 4,339
  • Median base salary: $85,000

7. Database administrator

  • Job score: 4.5
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 2,877
  • Median base salary: $93,000

8. Strategy manager

  • Job score: 4.5
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.3
  • Number of job openings: 1,184
  • Median base salary: $130,000

9. UX designer

  • Job score: 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 1,691
  • Median base salary: $92,500

10. Solutions architect

  • Job score: 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,232
  • Median base salary: $125,000

11. Marketing manager

  • Job score: 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 3,875
  • Median base salary: $90,000

12. Occupational therapist

  • Job score: 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 14,897
  • Median base salary: $72,000

13. Audit manager

  • Job score: 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 1,887
  • Median base salary: $98,000

14. Electrical engineer

  • Job score: 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 3,643
  • Median base salary: $78,000

15. Nurse practitioner

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 15,634
  • Median base salary: $100,000

16. Software engineer

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 17,085
  • Median base salary: $101,000

17. Corporate recruiter

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.2
  • Number of job openings: 2,858
  • Median base salary: $60,000

18. Supply chain manager

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 1,270
  • Median base salary: $100,000

19. Finance manager

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 3,142
  • Median base salary: $116,000

20. Mechanical engineer

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 3,383
  • Median base salary: $76,000

21. Communications manager

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 1,332
  • Median base salary: $82,000

22. QA manager

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,531
  • Median base salary: $92,000

23. Controls engineer

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 1,756
  • Median base salary: $75,400

24. Nurse manager

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 6,710
  • Median base salary: $77,000

25. Compliance manager

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 1,104
  • Median base salary: $100,000

26. Mobile developer

  • Job score: 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,130
  • Median base salary: $85,000

27. Systems administrator

  • Job score: 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 4,046
  • Median base salary: $68,000

28. Executive assistant

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 3,946
  • Median base salary: $56,000

29. Technical accountant manager

  • Job score: 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 1,968
  • Median base salary: $66,000

30. Hardware engineer

  • Job score: 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 954
  • Median base salary: $108,000

31. Intelligence analyst

  • Job score: 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.2
  • Number of job openings: 1,605
  • Median base salary: $62,400

32. Product manager

  • Job score: 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.4
  • Number of job openings: 5,536
  • Median base salary: $107,000

33. Professor

  • Job score: 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 1,955
  • Median base salary: $70,000

34. Physician

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 2,610
  • Median base salary: $200,000

35. Compensation analyst

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.1
  • Number of job openings: 1,219
  • Median base salary: $70,000

36. Civil engineer

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 2,004
  • Median base salary: $65,200

37. Research engineer

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 1,006
  • Median base salary: $92,850

38. Accounting manager

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 3,392
  • Median base salary: $82,000

39. Information security engineer

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 1,247
  • Median base salary: $100,000

40. Manufacturing engineer

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,504
  • Median base salary: $70,000

41. Security analyst

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,464
  • Median base salary: $70,000

42. Business operations manager

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 1,009
  • Median base salary: $93,000

43. UI designer

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 950
  • Median base salary: $80,000

44. Pharmacy manager

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 2,652
  • Median base salary: $130,000

45. Supplier quality engineer

  • Job score: 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 862
  • Median base salary: $80,150

46. National sales manager

  • Job score: 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 937
  • Median base salary: $90,000

47. Business intelligence developer

  • Job score: 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 837
  • Median base salary: $83,000

48. Dental hygienist

  • Job score: 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.1
  • Number of job openings: 1,050
  • Median base salary: $66,000

49. Physical therapist

  • Job score: 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 24,579
  • Median base salary: $70,000

50. Construction project manager

  • Job score: 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 1,944
  • Median base salary: $85,000

"The Glassdoor best jobs list is different from other reports because it identifies the best jobs to have this year, based on the number of job listings open, paired with employee insights on earning potential, and what the career opportunities are really like," Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor career trends analyst, told Business News Daily. 

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.