Around 45% of the population in the US will be looking for a new job this year. Glassdoor recently released its second annual ranking of the 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016 to help them with the search.
But this report helps employers, as well. Those businesses in the top industries know that there may be more people clamoring for their openings, so they could possibly afford to be more choosy. Those in the bottom, or those who have dropped off the list, may need to find innovative ways to reach good candidates.
Here are five key takeaways from Glassdoor’s 25 Best Jobs in America:
Takeaway 1: It’s All About That Data
The number one job in America is data scientist according to the list. This is not surprising, since most companies are going online and they need experts to store and manage data well. If they have a clear idea of what the data is telling them, they can use it to grow their business and make smart decisions. And data scientists seem to love their jobs according to anonymous reviews on Glassdoor.
Takeaway 2: Tech and Healthcare Dominate
The technology and healthcare industries were all over the list this year. With more and more of our lives inextricably linked to our computers and phones, technology is a clear winner. And healthcare is an industry with many opportunities. These two industries – along with management and financial services – are projected to grow more than most other industries in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Takeaway 3: Say Hello to More Tech Jobs
Engagement manager, analytics manager, and UX designer are new on the list this year. And engagement manager comes right out of the gate at an impressive number 4. As more companies realize the potential of social media, the need for good engagement managers is growing. The other two new tech jobs are no surprise either.
Takeaway 4: Say Goodbye to 1.0
Some of those industries that made the cut last year were dropped on the 2016 list. Sales manager, physical therapist, mechanical engineer, and database administrator all fell off this year. Most of these seem to have been absorbed by other jobs in the same field as technology and industry tools evolve.
Takeaway 5: Take the Rankings with a Grain of Salt
This report was based on the overall Glassdoor score for each job. This is determined by earning potential, career opportunities, and number of job openings. But this is, of course, only based on reports from users of Glassdoor. While the site has a large (and growing) user base, many of its users are outside of the US. That’s just something to keep in mind as you evaluate the rankings.
Here is the complete list of Glassdoor’s 25 Best Jobs in America:
1. Data Scientist
2. Tax Manager
3. Solutions Architect
4. Engagement Manager
5. Mobile Developer
6. HR Manager
7. Physician Assistant
8. Product Manager
9. Software Engineer
10. Audit Manager
11. Analytics Manager
12. Software Development Manager
13. Product Marketing Manager
14. Marketing Manager
15. QA Manager
16. Finance Manager
17. Business Development Manager
18. UX Designer
19. Strategy Manager
20. Technical Account Manager
22. Construction Superintendent
23. Nurse Practitioner
24. Electrical Engineer
25. Software Architect
What does this list mean for your company? Will you revamp your recruiting strategy?