Careers Site Names 'Data Scientist' Best Job in America for 2019

Taking into account earnings potential, job satisfaction and number of openings, careers site Glassdoor has named data scientist the best job in America for 2019 -- for the fourth time running.

That annual coronation comes shortly after U.S. News & World Report named software developer as the best job for 2019, which happened after "full stack software developer" was named the fastest-growing job of 2018, which happened just before "blockchain developer" was named the top emerging job by LinkedIn. These reports and several more reaffirm the great demand for tech talent, especially for data-based software development that can lead to business advantages.

While the U.S. News ranking saw healthcare-related positions dominating after software developer at No. 1, the Glassdoor report shows more tech- and development-related positions among the higher echelons of its 50-item list.

Top 10 of the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2019
[Click on image for larger view.] Top 10 of the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2019 (source: Glassdoor)

"There’s no question that emerging technologies designed to grow and scale business, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation are having an impact on the types of jobs employers are hiring for across the country," Glassdoor Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell was quoted as saying in a blog post Tuesday (Jan. 22). "As a result, we’re seeing a spike in demand for highly-skilled workers in 2019. With such a healthy job market kicking off 2019, we’re seeing many of these Best Jobs open for people to apply to and get hired at employers across all industries and in all areas of the country.”

Data scientist was named best job on the strength of these ratings:

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,510
  • Median Base Salary: $108,000

Some of the listed salaries for open data scientist positions on the Glassdoor site, however, are north of $200,000 for senior candidates. Go to "50 Best Jobs in America for 2019" for more.

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