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Data Scientist – best job in America


Data Scientist is the best job in America, according to Glassdoor, with median base salary $117K, and high career prospects. Analytics Manager ranks n. 11. However, the number of available positions is much less than predicted shortage of 140-190,000.

According to Glassdoor list of 25 Best Jobs in America, Data Scientist is the No. 1 job! It has 1,736 current openings, median Base Salary $116,840, and good career opportunity and job score.

Glassdoor Data Scientist N. 1 Job in America

Here are the remaining top jobs, n. 2 to n. 25. They also include relevant to KDnuggets audience jobs n. 9 Software Engineer, n. 11, Analytics Manager, and n. 21 Consultant.

Although Data Scientist is ranked as the best job, we note that the number of jobs is far less than McKinsey-predicted shortage of 140-190,000 people with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts in USA by 2018.

Besides Glassdoor, you can also reach data scientists by posting a job ad on KDnuggets Jobs page.

NJob TitleOpeningsSalary
2Tax Manager1,574$108,000
3Solutions Architect2,906$119,500
4Engagement Manager1,356$125,000
5Mobile Developer2,251$90,000
6HR Manager3,468$85,000
7Physician Assistant3,364$97,000
8Product Manager6,607$106,680
9Software Engineer49,270$95,000
10Audit Manager1,001$95,000
11Analytics Manager982$105,000
12Software Development Manager1,199$135,000
13Product Marketing Manager1,111$115,000
14Marketing Manager2,560$90,000
15QA Manager3,749$85,000
16Finance Manager1,632$115,000
17Business Development Manager2,906$80,000
18UX Designer863$91,800
19Strategy Manager631$130,000
20Technical Account Manager1,160$69,548
21Consultant1,071$84,000
22Construction Superintendent1,054$78,000
23Nurse Practitioner5,624$99,500
24Electrical Engineer2,516$76,900
25Software Architect653$130,000


The Glassdoor Job Score is determined by weighting three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), career opportunities rating, and number of job openings. Results represent job titles that rate highly among all three categories.

The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 1/8/16. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles.