19 lucrative jobs with tons of opportunities in 2018

Sebastiaan ter Burg/FlickrAll of these gigs pay over $US65,000 — but most rake in six figures.

• Career site LinkedIn has ranked some of the most promising jobs of 2018.

• The jobs all have great salaries, tons of demand, and offer room for professional growth.

• Many of the jobs that appear on the list are tech and engineering gigs.

Salary isn’t the only factor to consider when determining how good a job is.

A truly standout role won’t just pay a lot, it will feature plenty of openings and opportunities to grow and get promoted.

LinkedIn recently compiled data from millions of site profiles and job postings to form a list of the most promising jobs of 2018.

Each occupation was ranked based on salary, number of US job openings, year over year growth in job openings, and regional availability. The occupations also all received a career advancement score out of 10 – with 10 being a job that was most likely to lead to a promotion or internal transfer.

Here’s a look at some of the most promising jobs of 2018:


Hospitalist

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Median base salary: $US232,000

Job openings: More than 1,900

Year over year growth of job openings: 19%

Career advancement score out of 10: 4


Pharmacist

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Median base salary: $US124,000

Job openings: More than 4,000

Year over year growth of job openings: 28%

Career advancement score out of 10: 4


Strategic account manager

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Median base salary: $US125,000

Job openings : More than 500

Year over year growth of job openings: 31%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Finance director

Median base salary: $US135,000

Job openings: More than 800

Year over year growth of job openings: 51%

Career advancement score out of 10: 6


Site reliability engineer

Median base salary: $US155,000

Job openings: More than 600

Year over year growth of job openings: 112%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Front-end engineer

Median base salary: $US104,000

Job openings: More than 1,000

Year over year growth of job openings: 82%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Data engineer

Median base salary: $US107,000

Job openings: More than 1,400

Year over year growth of job openings: 35%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Financial analyst

Median base salary: $US65,000

Job openings: More than 4,000

Year over year growth of job openings: 25%

Career advancement score out of 10: 10


Technical program manager

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Median base salary: $US140,000

Job openings: More than 500

Year over year growth of job openings: 37%

Career advancement score out of 10: 10


Enterprise account manager

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Median base salary: $US180,000

Job openings: More than 800

Year over year growth of job openings: 74%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Data scientist

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Median base salary: $US113,000

Job openings: More than 2,100

Year over year growth of job openings: 45%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Product manager

Median base salary: $US105,000

Job openings: More than 3,600

Year over year growth of job openings: 30%

Career advancement score of 10: 8


Program manager

Median base salary: $US100,000

Job openings: More than 4,500

Year over year growth of job openings: 25%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Engineering manager

Median base salary: $US130,000

Job openings: More than 1,400

Year over year growth of job openings: 42%

Career advancement score out of 10: 6


Sales director

Median base salary: $US145,000

Job openings: More than 2,000

Year over year growth of job openings: 31%

Career advancement score out of 10: 6


Solutions architect

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Median base salary: $US134,000

Job openings: More than 2,000

Year over year growth of job openings: 28%

Career advancement score out of 10: 6


Customer success manager

Median base salary: $US82,300

Job openings: More than 1,000

Year over year growth of job openings: 91%

Career advancement score out of 10: 10


Software engineering manager

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Median base salary: $US148,000

Job openings: More than 1,100

Year over year growth of job openings: 38%

Career advancement score out of 10: 8


Engagement lead

Median base salary: $US93,000

Job openings: More than 1,200

Year over year growth of job openings: 425%

Career advancement score out of 10: 10

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