The 15 best jobs in America, revealed

By Daniel Coughlin,

Considering a career change? Knowing which dream role to aim for can be a challenge. Luckily, Glassdoor has ranked America's best jobs based on three factors: salary, job satisfaction and number of openings. Counting down from the 35th best to the nationwide number one, we reveal the jobs you really should be applying for right now. Click through to see the full list.

1. Speech language pathologist, average base salary: $72,000

Speech language pathologists, who are also known as speech therapists, diagnose and treat people with communication and swallowing disorders. Salaries in this field tend to be generous, openings are plentiful and job satisfaction is rated a healthy 3.7 / 5.

2. Operations manager, average base salary: $65,000

Got what it takes to oversee and ensure the smooth running of a company? Operations managers are in hot demand in America at the moment. Median base salaries are well above the national average of $44,564, and job satisfaction is high.

3. Data engineer, average base salary: $100,000

The management of big data is big business these days and jobs in the field abound. Data engineers look after an organization's data and work alongside data scientists, who analyze it. They earn big bucks and report high levels of job satisfaction.

4. Reliability engineer, average base salary: $92,000

Reliability engineers are in charge of the overall reliability of a company's systems, and constantly look for ways to improve efficiency and productivity. Salaries tend to be on the lavish side, vacancies are numerous and the role scores an excellent 4.3 / 5 in terms of job satisfaction.

5. Process engineer, average base salary: $78,000

Figuring out how to turn raw materials into an end product is process engineering in a nutshell, a rewarding field according to Glassdoor. What's more, jobs openings aren't in short supply and typical compensation packages are substantial.

6. Solutions architect, average base salary: $125,000

A 21st-century job, solutions architect roles came into being during the noughties. The job involves devising and implementing the most efficient and cost-effective tech solutions to meet a specific business need. Salaries in this fulfilling field are super-high and job openings are abundant.

7. Engagement manager, average base salary: $115,000

Another role that pays supremely well, offers tremendous job satisfaction and is in high demand, engagement managing is all about looking after relationships between a business and its clients or customers.

8. Nursing manager, average base salary: $84,660

Nursing managers organize and supervise nursing staff in a clinic or hospital, and oversee recruitment of new employees. They earn good money, tend to be more than satisfied in their role and have no trouble progressing in their career given the abundance of job opportunities.

9. User experience (UX) designer, average base salary: $90,000

Fine-tuning websites and apps to make them more user-friendly is all in a day's work for the typical user experience (UX) designer. Job satisfaction and salaries are high and, best of all, thousands of businesses have openings right now, while available staff are few and far between.

10. Database administrator, average base salary: $94,000

Database administrators are tasked with storing, organizing and safeguarding a firm's data. Like other roles in the field of data management, job openings are plentiful, pay packages are ultra-competitive and job satisfaction is decent.

11. Physician assistant, average base salary: $104,000

Working under the supervision of a doctor, a physician assistant does pretty much everything a doctor would be expected to do apart from perform surgery. Salaries for this rewarding role are substantial and available jobs number in the thousands across America.

12. Quality assurance (QA) manager, average base salary: $92,000

Ideal for perfectionists, this role entails making sure an organization's products and services meet stringent internal and external standards. Quality assurance (QA) management jobs, which are numerous throughout the US, are renowned for offering high wages and stellar job satisfaction.

13. Corporate recruiter, average base salary: $65,000

Hiring the best talent for a business is super-satisfying according to Glassdoor, and corporate recruitment is booming in America right now. Base salaries average $65,000, but commission can boost final salaries beyond the six-figure mark.

14. Hardware engineer, average base salary: $115,000

If tinkering with computers is your idea of fun, look no further than hardware engineering. On top of paying fantastically well, America's 22nd best job is mega-rewarding. Plus, job openings in the field are numerous and growing.

15. Software engineer, average base salary: $102,500

Software engineering is equally rewarding and almost as generously remunerated. Like its hardware counterpart, the field is expanding fast and an increasing number of jobs are being advertised. In fact, there are more software engineering jobs available than any other role in the top 35.



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