20 best tech jobs for 2017

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20 best tech jobs for 2017
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If you’re in the tech field, you’re probably used to high-than-average salaries. But depending on your boss, the location of your job and other factors you may or may not be used to better-than-average job satisfaction.

Looking at Glassdoor’s recent 50 Best Jobs in America tally, the folks over at Business Insider culled the findings to hone in specifically on the 20 best tech jobs.

The interesting thing about this list is that not all the jobs have to actually be at tech companies. All kinds of different businesses have a need for people to develop and maintain apps and websites, sift through troves of Big Data to deliver new business insights and to do things we probably can’t even imagine because the processes or technology hasn’t been invented yet!

The following jobs — all of them vetted for earning potential (median annual base salary), job satisfaction rating, and number of job openings — were deemed to be the best of the best.

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Glassdoor’s best tech jobs

20. Scrum master

  •     Overall job score (out of 5.0): 3.9
  •     Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5
  •     Number of job openings: 1,323
  •     Median base pay: $95,000

19. Network administrator

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 3.9
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,030
  • Median base pay: $62,000

18. User interface (UI) developer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 1,122
  • Median base pay: $91,000

17. Php developer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 2,921
  • Median base pay: $80,000

16. Data architect

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 1,334
  • Median base pay: $114,000

15. IT manager

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 2,070
  • Median base pay: $120,000

14. Business intelligence developer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.0
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 837
  • Median base pay: $83,000

13. UI designer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 950
  • Median base pay: $80,000

12. Product manager

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.4
  • Number of job openings: 5,536
  • Median base pay: $107,000

11. Technical account manager

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 1,968
  • Median base pay: $66,000

10. Systems administrator

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.2
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 4,046
  • Median base pay: $68,000

9. Mobile developer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,130
  • Median base pay: $85,000

8. Quality assurance manager

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,531
  • Median base pay: $92,000

7. Software engineer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.3
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5
  • Number of job openings: 17,085
  • Median base pay: $101,000

6. Solutions architect

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.7
  • Number of job openings: 2,232
  • Median base pay: $125,000

5. User experience (UX) designer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.4
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 1,691
  • Median base pay: $92,500

4. Database administrator

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.5
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 2,877
  • Median base pay: $93,000

3. Data engineer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.7
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.3
  • Number of job openings: 2,599
  • Median base pay: $106,000

2. Software development and information technology operations (DevOps) engineer

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.7
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.2
  • Number of job openings: 2,725
  • Median base pay: $110,000

1. Data scientist

  • Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.8
  • Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 4.4
  • Number of job openings: 4,184
  • Median base pay: $110,000

Free and pay opportunities to learn coding

We all hear about the importance of STEM learning and how it will shape the jobs of the future. If you want in on that action, there are plenty of opportunities out there that you can take advantage of.

Codecademy.com offers free courses in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP, Python, Ruby and API. With the knowledge you get here, you can build programs, games, websites and apps.

KhanAcademy.org is another great site that has interactive video tutorials on HTML, CSS, Javascript, SQL and more.

Other similar sites you may want to check out include CodeSchool.com where you can learn programming via select free courses or access all their content for $29 a month. Lynda.com, meanwhile, offers a free 10-day trial and after that full access is $25 a month.

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