Technology Dominates 50 Best Jobs for 2022, According to New Analysis

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Anyone searching for a new and better job in 2022 can do themselves a big favor by polishing up their tech skills. Careers related to technology dominate the rankings of best jobs in the United States, according to a new survey by Glassdoor.

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Nine of the 10 top jobs in Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America report, released Tuesday, Feb. 1, are related to technology. Enterprise architect ranked first based on its balance of salary, job openings and job satisfaction. Other tech jobs in the top 10 were full stack engineer (#2), data scientist (#3), DevOps engineer (#4), machine learning engineer (#6), data engineer (#7), software engineer (#8), Java developer (#9) and Product Manager (#10).

The other job in the top 10 was strategy manager, which ranked No. 5.

“Nearly half of the Best Jobs are those in fast-growing technology roles, showcasing the high demand for technical skills and talent in the tech industry and beyond,” Richard Johnson, Glassdoor associate economist, said in a statement.

“These popular tech jobs will need to leverage both hard and soft skills to help businesses across industries navigate an increasingly digital world.”

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Another key trend has been the rise of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. An analysis of employee reviews posted on Glassdoor’s job-search site found that the term “hybrid” rose by 626% over the last year. Jobs offering the most access to work-from-home options are database architect (#47), Salesforce developer (#18) and solutions engineer (#45).

COVID-19 had at least one more major impact on the job market: Psychiatrist (#22) and Psychologist (#34) both made the Best Jobs list for the first time as the pandemic disrupted the workplace, leading many workers to experience burnout.

Meanwhile, the combination of a recovering economy and a labor shortage led to soaring job openings and record levels of worker turnover in 2021, Glassdoor said, which in turn “shifted the balance of power to the worker.”

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Following are the top 10 among Glassdoor’s top 50 jobs:

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1. Enterprise Architect

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 14,021
  • Median Base Salary: $144,997

2. Full Stack Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 11,252
  • Median Base Salary: $101,794

3. Data Scientist

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 10,071
  • Median Base Salary: $120,000

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4. DevOps Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 8,548
  • Median Base Salary: $120,095

5. Strategy Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,977
  • Median Base Salary: $140,000

6. Machine Learning Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,801
  • Median Base Salary: $130,489

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7. Data Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 11,821
  • Median Base Salary: $113,960

8. Software Engineer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 64,155
  • Median Base Salary: $116,638

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9. Java Developer

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 10,201
  • Median Base Salary: $107,099

10. Product Manager

  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 17,725
  • Median Base Salary: $125,317

Glassdoor determined the top jobs by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), overall job satisfaction rating and the number of job openings on Glassdoor. For a job title to be considered, it must have received at least 100 salary reports on Glassdoor and at least 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by U.S.-based employees from Dec. 12, 2020, to Dec. 12, 2021. It must also have had at least 2,000 job openings as of Dec. 12, 2021.

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This article was updated to reflect the job title Product Manager is in the tech field.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.
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