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Six-Figure Jobs With the Most Competition

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Jobs with big salaries can equal big competition. Glassdoor’s Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell defines job competition as high when “there are at least two job seekers for every job, per job title,” and some well-paying positions can have as many as 10 applicants for every job listing on Glassdoor.

The tech industry is home to many of the most sought-after positions, and Stansell explains that exciting perks and benefits in tech combined with impressive salaries are attracting a large number of applicants. “Many young, skilled workers are flooding into these roles,” she says. Keep reading to see if your dream job made it on the list, plus expert advice for candidates in competitive fields on how to stand out from the crowd.

1. Data Scientist

Median Base Salary: $110,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 9.51

Number of Open Jobs: 3,702

Companies Hiring: QuickenLoans, Walker Advertising, Sauce Labs, Grammarly, Tufts Medical Center, Hulu & more.

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2. IT Manager

Median Base Salary: $116,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 6.76

Number of Open Jobs: 1,188

Companies Hiring: Radisson Hotel Group, Brainshark, Change Healthcare, Curtis Instruments, USAA, App Annie & more.

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3. Pharmacist

Median Base Salary: $120,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 5.11

Number of Open Jobs: 1,228

Companies Hiring: UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worldwide Clinical Trials, Albertsons Companies, Aurora HealthCare, ScriptDash Pharmacy, US Department of Veterans Affairs & more.

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4. Software Engineer

Median Base Salary: $103,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 4.65

Number of Open Jobs: 24,743

Companies Hiring: ENSCO, Dynetics, Bentley Systems, Ayco, Sage, Brainshark, Applause & more.

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5. Finance Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 4.35

Number of Open Jobs: 2,286

Companies Hiring: UMA Education, Meltwater, Kaufman Financial Group, LendingClub, Reddit, Allied Telecom Group & more.

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6. Product Manager

Median Base Salary: $114,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.92

Number of Open Jobs: 7,979

Companies Hiring: ShowPad, Blue Shield of California, ArcTouch, Esurance, Bridge Partners, NetApp & more.

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7. Strategy Manager

Median Base Salary: $135,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.29

Number of Open Jobs: 1,206

Companies Hiring: Storyblocks, TMobile, MarketStar, MediFast, Unilever, seek & more.

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8. Data Engineer 

Median Base Salary: $100,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.06

Number of Open Jobs: 2,572

Companies Hiring: Asana, Coupa Software, eBay, Fanatics, Pinterest, Interfolio & more.

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9. Technical Program Manager

Median Base Salary: $130,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 2.47

Number of Open Jobs: 1,338

Companies Hiring: Credit Karma, Leanplum, Amazon, Apttus, Riverside Research Institute, Mercury Systems & more.

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10. Engagement Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000

Ratio of Applies to Job: 2.43

Number of Open Jobs: 1,251

Companies Hiring: Simplee, SHYFT Analytics, PCM, Travelers Companies, Slack, Collaborative Solutions & more.

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Are you a job seeker facing stiff competition? Fear not – just because the competition is high doesn’t mean your chances of scoring the job you want are nonexistent. Make sure you stand out from the crowd by being specific on how you – and only you – can best fit the company. Tim Toterhi, executive coach and founder of Plotline Leadership, advises supplementing your resume and cover letter with a “side by side one-pager that lists the big ticket items from the job description and how exactly you will tackle those if awarded the role.”

Use previous experiences listed in your resume to demonstrate how you can deliver these promises: “If you can back up your assertions with metrics and proof points from prior positions that’s even better.” Ultimately an employer has already determined that you are qualified for the position – what’s important is what you specifically can bring to the position; Toterhi says, “What I need to know is why you can do it better than anyone else.”


Methodology: For a job to be considered for “Six-Figure Jobs With the Most Competition” report, job titles must have 1,000 unique U.S. active direct employer openings as of 5/18/2018, and 100 apply starts between 4/10/2018 – 5/10/2018. A job must have also received at least 30 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees between 6/1/2016 and 5/16/2018 on Glassdoor. This list reveals just a sample of jobs in which U.S. employees report a total median annual compensation of $100,000 or more. Glassdoor economic research analysts define “competition” for this report as the ratio of apply starts (in last 30 days) to unique count of open jobs. There is “most competition” when there are at least two job seekers for every job, per job title on Glassdoor. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. Intern level jobs were excluded from this report.

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