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Here Are the Best Jobs in America — Is Yours One of Them?

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Thankfully, the unemployment rate is far lower than its near-15% peak in April 2020. Nevertheless, it stands at around 6% now — still nearly double where it was just before the pandemic began. As a result, millions of Americans are searching for their next job.

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In addition, the start of the year is usually a popular time to look for a new job, according to Glassdoor Economic Research. To help you land your next gig, Glassdoor put together a list of the 50 best jobs for 2021. The criteria it used are median base salary, job satisfaction rating and number of job openings. The jobs are ranked by weighting each of the three criteria equally.

Key takeaways include:

  • Tech jobs continue to dominate these lists. Indeed, the top six jobs and eight of the top 10 are tech jobs. In all, 22 tech jobs make the list. And because tech is ubiquitous these days, tech jobs pervade all industries — not just tech companies.
  • Technical program manager has the highest median base salary at $142,379.
  • Corporate recruiter has the highest job satisfaction rating at 4.4, for the second year in a row, according to the study.
  • Software engineer has the most job openings on the list, with over 40,564  job openings as of Dec. 7, 2020. Glassdoor understands the importance of job openings in the context of the pandemic, so all of its Top 50 jobs have at least 2,000 openings as of the same Dec. 7, 2020 date.

Keep reading to see the complete list of best jobs in America for 2021.

Last updated: July 9, 2021

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50. Mechanical Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,277
  • Median Base Salary: $75,785

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49. Financial Analyst

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,705
  • Median Base Salary: $70,959

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48. Civil Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,705
  • Median Base Salary: $65,612

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47. Customer Success Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,046
  • Median Base Salary: $66,041

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46. Corporate Recruiter

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,390
  • Median Base Salary: $70,959

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45. Finance Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,623
  • Median Base Salary: $110,091

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44. Risk Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,688
  • Median Base Salary: $94,488

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43. Tax Accountant

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 8,829
  • Median Base Salary: $67,028

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42. Technical Project Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,043
  • Median Base Salary: $103,633

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41. Physician Assistant

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,601
  • Median Base Salary: $107,238

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40. Scrum Master

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,331
  • Median Base Salary: $105,000

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39. Operations Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 23,181
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000

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38. Attorney

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,954
  • Median Base Salary: $86,071

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37. Electrical Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,255
  • Median Base Salary: $80,033

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36. Realtor

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 8,148
  • Median Base Salary: $52,022

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35. Data Analyst

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 7,748
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000

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34. QA Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,654
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000

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33. Construction Superintendent

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,438
  • Median Base Salary: $80,738

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32. Project Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 34,362
  • Median Base Salary: $80,562

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31. Marketing Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 12,811
  • Median Base Salary: $68,042

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30. Technical Program Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,618
  • Median Base Salary: $142,379

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29. Business Analyst

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 13,677
  • Median Base Salary: $76,201

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28. Clinic Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,132
  • Median Base Salary: $74,562

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27. Clinical Nurse

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 7,702
  • Median Base Salary: $74,031

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26. Sales Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 16,458
  • Median Base Salary: $72,560

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25. Product Designer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,420
  • Median Base Salary: $104,120

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24. UX Designer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,122
  • Median Base Salary: $90,881

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23. Cloud Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,482
  • Median Base Salary: $105,565

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22. Solutions Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,654
  • Median Base Salary: $90,942

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21. Consultant

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 9,841
  • Median Base Salary: $83,069

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20. Program Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 18,963
  • Median Base Salary: $80,066

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19. Tax Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,052
  • Median Base Salary: $111,046

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18. Product Marketing Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,998
  • Median Base Salary: $120,267

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17. Machine Learning Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,977
  • Median Base Salary: $104,837

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16. Back End Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,001
  • Median Base Salary: $90,757

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15. Automation Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,123
  • Median Base Salary: $86,445

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14. Salesforce Developer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,346
  • Median Base Salary: $89,098

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13. Strategy Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,647
  • Median Base Salary: $123,207

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12. HR Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,818
  • Median Base Salary: $87,852

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11. Front End Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,978
  • Median Base Salary: $81,360

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10. Dentist

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,315
  • Median Base Salary: $134,122

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9. Software Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 40,564
  • Median Base Salary: $110,245

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8. Mobile Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,631
  • Median Base Salary: $94,301

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7. Business Development Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 8,827
  • Median Base Salary: $82,182

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6. Information Security Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,621
  • Median Base Salary: $110,000

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5. DevOps Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,904
  • Median Base Salary: $110,003

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4. Enterprise Architect

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 10,069
  • Median Base Salary: $131,361

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3. Product Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 14,515
  • Median Base Salary: $121,107

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2. Data Scientist

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,971
  • Median Base Salary: $113,736

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1. Java Developer