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The Best Jobs in America 2020

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

Last Updated January 14, 2020
|2 min read

It’s a new decade, and many workers are seeking new opportunities. Using Glassdoor’s unique data on jobs and companies, Glassdoor's Economic Research Team compiled a list of the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2020. The list is based on three factors that are top of mind for job seekers:

  • Salary: The median base salary reported on Glassdoor over the past year;
  • Job Openings: The number of U.S. open job openings on Glassdoor as of 12/18/19; and 
  • Job Satisfaction: The overall job satisfaction rating (on a scale of 1.0= bad job to 5.0= best job) reported by actual employees working in these roles on Glassdoor over the past year. 

And the number one Best Job in America is...drumroll, please...Front End Engineer. A Front End Engineer selects, installs and tests the user interface elements of a website. The front-end developer focuses on the look and feel of the site, along with its functionality.

Front End Engineer dethroned Data Scientist as the best job in America, after the four-year reign of Data Scientists. While data scientist remains a thriving role, we’re seeing high demand for front end engineers with over 13,000 open roles, nearly double the number of data scientist open jobs.

Interestingly enough, the highest paying job on the list is Strategy Manager, earning $133,067 median base salary. However, the best job with the most openings is Software Engineer — boasting 50,438 open jobs on Glassdoor. The best job with the highest job satisfaction is Corporate Recruiter.

Corporate Recruiters are very satisfied at work, with a job satisfaction of 4.4 out of 5. "We expect to see more CEOs and talent attraction professionals embracing a culture-first business strategy in 2020 and beyond, so it will be interesting to see how the satisfaction across jobs and industries changes in the new decade," says Amanda Stansell, Glassdoor Senior Economic Research Analyst. 

Check out the top 10 Best Jobs in America, and see the full list here! With 22% more job applications started in January on Glassdoor than in a typical month, now is the perfect time to find the job that fits your life.

Rank Job Title Median Base Salary Job Satisfaction Job Openings
1 Front End Engineer $105,240 3.9 13,122
2 Java Developer $83,589 3.9 16,136
3 Data Scientist $107,801 4.0 6,542
4 Product Manager $117,713 3.8 12,173
5 Devops Engineer $107,310 3.9 6,603
6 Data Engineer $102,472 3.9 6,941
7 Software Engineer $105,563 3.6 50,438
8 Speech Language Pathologist $71,867 3.8 29,167
9 Strategy Manager $133,067 4.3 3,515
10 Business Development Manager $78,480 4.0 6,560

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The Best Jobs in America 2020