Level Up Your Career: These are the Best Jobs for 2021

Amanda Stansell

January 27, 2021

Millions of Americans kicked off 2021 unemployed due to COVID-19. Using Glassdoor’s unique data on jobs and companies, we compiled a list of the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2021 to help people find jobs they’ll love. To ensure each of the Best Jobs were relevant career options during the pandemic, each job had at least 2,000 openings on Glassdoor as of 12/07/20. The Best Jobs in America for 2021 list is based on three factors that are top of mind for job seekers:

    The full list includes the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2021. Below is a list of the top 10 jobs based on salary, job openings and overall job satisfaction. 

    Top 10 Best Jobs in America for 2021

    RankJob TitleMedian Base SalaryJob SatisfactionJob Openings
    1Java Developer$90,8304.210,103
    2Data Scientist$113,7364.15,971
    3Product Manager$121,1073.914,515
    4Enterprise Architect$131,3614.010,069
    5Devops Engineer$110,0034.06,904
    6Information Security Engineer$110,0004.05,621
    7Business Development Manager$82,1824.18,827
    8Mobile Engineer$94,3014.14,631
    9Software Engineer$110,2453.840,564

    Source: Glassdoor Economic Research (Glassdoor.com/research)

    Key Takeaways:

          How We Determine the Best Jobs 

          This report identifies the 50 U.S. Best Jobs based on three criteria. The top jobs are determined by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), overall job satisfaction rating and number of job openings on Glassdoor. 

          For a job title to be considered for the report, it must receive at least 100 salary reports on Glassdoor and at least 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year (12/11/19-12/10/20). A job title must also have at least 2,000 job openings as of 12/07/20 to be considered for this list. The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 12/07/20. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles together. C-suite and intern level jobs were excluded from this report.  

          The three factors used to determine the Best Jobs in America for 2021 are chosen with the job seeker in mind. Incorporating the count of open jobs ensures that each job title is relevant and presents meaningful opportunities for job seekers to land Best Jobs across the country. Salary is also a top factor for job seekers when searching for a new role. Finally, job satisfaction encompasses workplace factors such as career opportunities and company culture, which helps shed light on how current workers in these roles actually feel about their time spent at work. 

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