Plan your future wisely by knowing what the hottest jobs are in 2017. Knowing what the current, most popular job are, along with understanding current overall economic and industry trends, can help you map out your future career.
Glassdoor recently ranked 50 of the hottest jobs out there, and Forbes reported on Glassdoor’s findings. According to Forbes, the technology sector held 14 of the top 50 jobs in Glassdoor’s ranking system. So you can expect that many of the jobs employers need to fill will be in this area.
The first job on Glassdoor’s list? Data scientist. The median base salary is $110,000 per year. In this role, you would organize, analyze, and interpret data. In the past, you would likely need a Ph.D. if you were a data scientist, but now, with a bachelor’s, some knowledge of how to code, and with some business sense, you can find a data scientist position. Glassdoor expected about 4,180 openings to be available for this job in 2017.
DevOps Engineer and Data Engineer
Second on Glassdoor’s list was DevOps engineers. DevOps engineers are people who combine software writing skills with development and operations expertise. There are projected to be about 2,725 openings for this position in 2017 with a median base salary of $110,000. Data engineers ranked third, and they make back-end systems for the processes in which data is recorded and categorized. They earn a median salary of $106,000, and there were about 2,600 jobs expected to be open.
Some Other Positions Glassdoor Ranked
Here is a random list of some of the other positions Glassdoor ranked, both inside and outside the technology sector, so you can get an idea of the range of options available to you.
- HR Manager – median base salary: $85,000, 4,339 job openings
- Marketing Manager – median base salary: $90,000, 3,875 job openings
- Occupational Therapist – median base salary: $72,000, 14,897 job openings
- Electrical Engineer – median base salary: $78,000, 3,643 job openings
- Nurse Practitioner – median base salary: $100,000, 15,634 job openings
- Supply Chain Manager – median base salary: $100,000, 1,270 job openings
- Finance Manager – median base salary: $116,000, 3,142 job openings
- Executive Assistant – median base salary: $56,000, 3,946 job openings
- Hardware Engineer – median base salary: $108,000, 954 job openings
- Professor – median base salary: $70,000, 1,955 job openings
- Physician – median base salary: $200,000, 2,610 job openings
- Civil Engineer – median base salary: $65,200, 2004 job openings
- Information Security Engineer – median base salary: $100,000, 1,247 job openings
Business Insider used another measure of the hottest jobs to apply for in 2017: the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. CareerCast, a job site, used information from the BLS to rank jobs on environment, stress, outlook, and income.
- Speech Pathologists came in number 10 with an annual median salary of $73,410, with a growth outlook of 21% through 2024.
- Occupational therapists came in at number 9 with an annual median salary of $80,150 and a growth projection of 27% through 2024.
- Software Engineers ranked eighth with an annual median salary of $100,690 and a growth rate of 17% through 2024.
- Mathematicians ranked seventh with an annual median salary of $111,100 and a 21% growth outlook through 2024.
- Professors came in sixth with an annual median salary of $72,470 and a 13% growth rate.
- Data Scientists were fifth with an annual median salary of $111,267 per year on average and a 16% growth rate through 2024.
- Information Security Analysts were fourth with an annual median salary of $90,120 and a growth rate of $18 through 2024.
- Operations Research Analysts ranked third at $78,630 for an annual median salary and a 30% growth outlook through 2024.
- Medical Services Managers were second at a median salary of $94,500 per year and a growth rate of 17 percent through 2024.
And, finally, if you want the best job, according to CareerCast and Business Insider, become a statistician. You’ll earn a median salary of about $80,110. This job has a growth rate of 34 percent through 2024, so there’ll be plenty of jobs available.