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GLASSDOOR REVEALS THE 50 BEST JOBS IN AMERICA FOR 2018

Data Scientist Takes Top Spot for Third Consecutive Year; Newcomers Include Speech Language Pathologist, Business Analyst and HR Generalist

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (January 24, 2018) — With nearly two in five (38 percent) job seekers and employees, including more than half (56 percent) of millennials (18-34 year olds), looking for a job now or planning to in the next year1, Glassdoor, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing job sites, today announced its annual jobs report identifying the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018.

The report highlights the 50 best jobs based on each job’s overall Glassdoor Job Score.2 The Glassdoor Job Score is determined by weighing three key factors equally: earning potential based on median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating and number of job openings. The jobs that made this list stand out across all three categories.

The top five Best Jobs in America for 2018 are:

  1. Data Scientist
  • Job Score: 4.8
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,524
  • Median Base Salary: $110,000
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  1. Devops Engineer
  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,369
  • Median Base Salary: $105,000
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  1. Marketing Manager
  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,439
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000
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  1. Occupational Therapist
  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 11,903
  • Median Base Salary: $74,000
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  1. HR Manager
  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,458
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000
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SEE COMPLETE RESULTS for the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018.

“Half of the jobs on this year’s list are those within the fast-growing technology and health care industries, reinforcing that highly skilled jobs are in-demand, well compensated and those in which employees are satisfied,” said Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. “Workers with certain technical and soft skills, such as creativity, flexibility and good judgement, are at an advantage across industries, from health care to finance to HR, to leverage advances in artificial intelligence and automation. That’s because AI is increasingly complementing these jobs, while not replacing the people needed to do them.”

In a recent Glassdoor Economic Research report, What’s Ahead for Jobs? Five Disruptions to Watch in 2018, Dr. Chamberlain cites how AI and automation are poised to impact nearly every facet of the workforce in some way, especially in the talent acquisition and finance industries.

Tech jobs make up 20 of Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018, up from 14 jobs in 2017. New tech jobs added to the list this year include Front End Engineer (No. 15, 4.4) and Data Analyst (No. 38, 4.2). With a strong presence of tech roles related to collecting, organizing and analyzing data, there are also four jobs this year related to business operations, which can include making sense of data to inform business decision making: Strategy Manager (No. 7, 4.5), Business Development Manager (No. 14, 4.4), Business Intelligence Developer (No. 42, 4.1) and Business Analyst (No. 43, 4.1). Plus, five jobs are in the health care industry, including Physician Assistant (No. 25, 4.3), which has the highest median annual base salary of $104,000, and Occupational Therapist (No. 4, 4.5), which has the highest number of current job openings at 11,903, among three others.

HOW TO GET A JOB: Now that Glassdoor has identified the Best Jobs in America for 2018, how can job seekers find and secure these positions? To help, Glassdoor has launched a brand-new class — How to Get a Job: A Step-by-Step Guide — to empower job seekers with concrete advice and actionable tips on how they can bring their job search to a new level and stand out among a sea of applicants. This class covers topics like how and where to search for a job, build the perfect resume and draft a cover letter, as well as tips for interviewing and navigating a job offer. See the 60-minute online class for free through Skillshare.

Glassdoor is now the No. 2 job site in the U.S.3, featuring all of the latest jobs online paired with nearly 38 million reviews and insights from employees on more than 740,000 companies in 190 countries.4 Glassdoor welcomes nearly 50 million unique users, on average, to its desktop and mobile platforms each month.5 The top reason people visit Glassdoor is to search and/or apply to jobs.6 Glassdoor is also one of the most effective channels for job advertising and recruiting, according to third party research.

1 Defined as those employed full/part time/self-employed or not employed but looking. This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from December 19-21, 2017 among 2,160 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom 1,210 are employed full/part time/self-employed or not employed but looking. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact pr@glassdoor.com.

2 Methodology: Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America report identifies specific jobs with the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score. The Glassdoor Job Score is determined by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), overall job satisfaction rating and number of job openings. Results represent job titles that rate highly among all three categories. The Glassdoor Job Score is based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best job, 1.0=bad job). For a job title to be considered, it must receive at least 100 salary reports and at least 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year (1/2/17-1/1/18). The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 1/1/18. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles.

3 comScore Media Metrix, December 2017

4 Glassdoor Internal Data, December 2017

5 Google Analytics, CQ4’17 average

6 Glassdoor.com U.S. Site Survey, August 2017

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