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The 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016

The 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016
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The best jobs aren't those with the most openings, or that pay the best, or that offer the most opportunities to move up the ranks. The best jobs are those that offer all three, according to new research.

Data scientist is the job that has the best combination of those three factors this year. The position tops this year's rankings of the 25 best jobs in America by the online career site Glassdoor.

Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said it isn't a surprise to see data scientist as this year's best job because of the demand businesses are placing on gathering information from as many sources as possible.

"Since all companies have an online presence these days, they all need people who know how to manage and store data that helps them make better business decisions, compared to years ago when businesses didn't have data management at their fingertips to review and analyze to help them drive business forward," Chamberlain said in a statement. "I expect this to continue to be a hot job for several years to come, too."

The rankings were devised using several key factors, including earning potential based on average annual base salary, career opportunities and the number of job openings. Career opportunity ratings are based on a 5-point scale, with 1 equaling very dissatisfied, 3 equaling OK and 5 equaling very satisfied. The jobs that made this year's list ranked highly in all three categories. [New Jobs and Less Stress: Top 2016 Career Goals ]

"The Glassdoor best jobs list is different from other reports because it identifies the best jobs to have thisyear, 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.

Based on the rankings, the 25 best jobs in America for 2016 are:

1. Data scientist

  • Number of job openings: 1,736.
  • Median base salary: $116,840
  • Career opportunities rating: 4.1

2. Tax manager

  • Number of job openings: 1,574
  • Median base salary: $108,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.9

3. Solutions architect

  • Number of job openings: 2,906
  • Median base salary: $119,500
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.5

4. Engagement manager    

  • Number of job openings: 1,356
  • Median base salary: $125,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.8

5. Mobile developer

  • Number of job openings: 2,251
  • Median base salary: $90,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.8

6. HR manager

  • Number of job openings: 3,468
  • Median base salary: $85,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.7

7. Physician assistant    

  • Number of job openings: 3,364
  • Median base salary: $97,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.5

8. Product manager

  • Number of job openings: 6,607
  • Median base salary $106,680
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.3

9. Software engineer

  • Number of job openings: 49,270
  • Median base salary: $95,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.3

10. Audit manager

  • Number of job openings: 1,001
  • Median base salary: $95,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.9

11. Analytics manager

  • Number of job openings: 982
  • Median base salary: $105,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.7

12. Software development manager

  • Number of job openings: 1,199
  • Median base salary: $135,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.4

13. Product marketing manager

  • Number of job openings: 1,111
  • Median base salary: $115,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.5

14. Marketing manager

  • Number of job openings: 2,560
  • Median base salary: $90,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.4

15. QA manager

  • Number of job openings: 3,749
  • Median base salary: $85,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.4

16. Finance manager

  • Number of job openings: 1,632
  • Median base salary: $115,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.3

17. Business development manager

  • Number of job openings: 2,906
  • Median base salary: $80,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.4

18. UX designer

  • Number of job openings: 863
  • Median base salary: $91,800
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.6

19. Strategy manager

  • Number of job openings: 631
  • Median base salary: $130,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.7

20. Technical account manager

  • Number of job openings: 1,160
  • Median base salary: $69,548
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.7

21. Consultant

  • Number of job openings: 1,071
  • Median base salary: $84,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.4

22. Construction superintendent

  • Number of job openings: 1,054
  • Median base salary: $78,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.4

23. Nurse practitioner

  • Number of job openings: 5,624
  • Median base salary: $99,500
  • Career opportunities rating 3.1

24. Electrical engineer

  • Number of job openings: 2,516
  • Median base salary: $76,900
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.3

25. Software architect

  • Number of job openings: 653
  • Median base salary: $130,000
  • Career opportunities rating: 3.4

While the rankings highlight which positions stand out across all three factors — earning potential, career opportunities and job availability — job seekers can use this list as a guide to target and customize what is most important for them as they look for the next step in their career, Dobroski said.

Chad  Brooks
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.