The 50 best jobs in America for 2019

Goran Bogicevic/ShutterstockMany of the top jobs in America earn a median base salary of more than $US100,000.
  • Job site Glassdoor released its annual ranking of the 50 best jobs in America.
  • For the fourth year in a row, the top job in the US is data scientist.
  • Glassdoor ranked the jobs based on three criteria: median base income, job satisfaction, and number of job openings in the US.

Glassdoor has released its annual list of the 50 best jobs in America, and a familiar job took the No. 1 spot.

The job search engine measured each jobs based on three criteria: earning potential based on the job’s median base salary, the number of job openings, and job satisfaction according to Glassdoor ratings. The three criteria were then averaged into an overall “job score” to rank the top 50 jobs for 2019.

For the fourth year in a row, data scientist came out on top.

Although the top 50 jobs can be found in almost any industry, several of the top entries on the list were in the field of computer science. According to Glassdoor, advances in modern technology are making those jobs more lucrative and sought-after than ever.

“There’s no question that emerging technologies designed to grow and scale business, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation are having an impact on the types of jobs employers are hiring for across the country,” Amanda Stansell, economic research analyst for Glassdoor, said in a statement. “As a result, we’re seeing a spike in demand for highly skilled workers in 2019.”

Take a look at the top 50 jobs in America for 2019:


50. Systems administrator

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 8,278

Median base salary: $US68,000


49. Software development manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2

Number of job openings: 1,178

Median base salary: $US140,000


48. Brand manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.3

Number of job openings: 1,500

Median base salary: $US85,000


47. Office manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 18,681

Median base salary: $US42,000


46. UX designer

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 3,333

Median base salary: $US89,000


45. Safety manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.1

Number of job openings: 2,180

Median base salary: $US71,000


44. Software developer

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 11,833

Median base salary: $US80,000


43. Software engineering manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 1,445

Median base salary: $US153,000


42. Restaurant manager

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 21,754

Median base salary: $US49,000


41. Radiologic technologist

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 6,115

Median base salary: $US48,000


40. Customer success manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2

Number of job openings: 2,601

Median base salary: $US65,000


39. Systems engineer

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 16,793

Median base salary: $US90,000


38. Facilities manager

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 3,472

Median base salary: $US65,000


37. Physical therapist

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 34,899

Median base salary: $US70,000


36. Communications manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2

Number of job openings: 2,009

Median base salary: $US80,000


35. Risk manager

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 3,924

Median base salary: $US100,500


34. QA manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.1

Number of job openings: 1,923

Median base salary: $US91,250


33. Applications engineer

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 2,591

Median base salary: $US77,000


32. Nurse practitioner

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

Number of job openings: 18,997

Median base salary: $US102,000


31. Data analyst

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 5,456

Median base salary: $US60,000


30. Dental hygienist

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.5

Number of job openings: 2,805

Median base salary: $US67,250


29. Business development manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 6,348

Median base salary: $US80,000


28. Recruiter

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.1

Number of job openings: 9,782

Median base salary: $US48,000


27. Solutions architect

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 6,969

Median base salary: $US127,000


26. Business analyst

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 13,340

Median base salary: $US72,000


25. Finance manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 3,747

Median base salary: $US118,000


24. Electrical engineer

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 7,191

Median base salary: $US77,000


23. Executive assistant

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.1

Number of job openings: 4,858

Median base salary: $US60,000


22. Java developer

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 6,636

Median base salary: $US85,000


21. Product designer

Anupama Kundoo Architects

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.5

Number of job openings: 8,278

Median base salary: $US68,000


20. Project manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 30,107

Median base salary: $US75,000


19. Speech-language pathologist

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 29,467

Median base salary: $US72,000


18. Construction manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.3

Number of job openings: 3,334

Median base salary: $US75,000


17. Security engineer

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 4,683

Median base salary: $US102,000


16. Strategy manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 2,783

Median base salary: $US140,000


15. Operations manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 18,311

Median base salary: $US68,000


14. Sales engineer

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.1

Number of job openings: 3,145

Median base salary: $US90,000


13. Sales manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 21,695

Median base salary: $US65,000


12. Physician assistant

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7

Number of job openings: 9,819

Median base salary: $US105,000


11. Mechanical engineer

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 5,949

Median base salary: $US75,000


10. Software engineer

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6

Number of job openings: 49,007

Median base salary: $US104,000


9. HR manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2

Number of job openings: 3,908

Median base salary: $US85,000


8. Data engineer

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 4,739

Median base salary: $US100,000


7. Program manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.5

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

Number of job openings: 14,753

Median base salary: $US87,000


6. DevOps engineer

Daniel Goodman

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.5

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.1

Number of job openings: 4,657

Median base salary: $US106,000


5. Product manager

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.5

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8

Number of job openings: 11,884

Median base salary: $US115,000


4. Occupational therapist

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Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.6

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 17,701

Median base salary: $US74,000


3. Marketing manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.6

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2

Number of job openings: 7,395

Median base salary: $US82,000


2. Nursing manager

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.6

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0

Number of job openings: 13,931

Median base salary: $US83,000


1. Data scientist

Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.7

Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.3

Number of job openings: 6,510

Median base salary: $US108,000

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