What we can learn from Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America for 2017

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Have you been thinking about making a career change? Don’t know where to start? Glassdoor published it’s 50 Best Jobs in America for 2017, which is a great place to start doing some career research. Utilizing its database, Glassdoor bases its best job rankings off three different criterion:

  1. Number of job openings
  2. Salary
  3. Job satisfaction

These in combination determine an overall job score.

Infographic: 50 Best Jobs in America for 2017


Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs Infographic

What can we learn?


Our world is becoming a data and technologically sophisticated place, which has facilitated a wealth of demand for employees with highly technical skill sets. All organizations recognize the importance of having a website and social media activity for staying competitive in this day and age. However, finding people that can decipher digitized data from online activity or build website framework is a challenge for organizations to fill relative jobs.

Most of Glassdoor’s list is comprised of professions within technology, healthcare, and financial industries. Data scientist ranks at the #1 spot on the list for the second year in a row which indicates data analytics is a coveted skill set.

Key Takeaways


  • 30% of job openings on Glassdoor’s list are for physical therapists, software engineers, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, and dental hygienists.
  • 34% of the best jobs have a annual median base salary of $100,000.
  • $90,810 is the annual median base salary amongst all the best jobs.
  • The top three jobs based solely on the criteria of overall job satisfaction are data scientiststrategy manager, and data engineer.