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The No. 1 job in America with the ‘best career opportunities’ pays $112,000 a year — and it’s not in tech

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Most people want a job where they get to advance, learn new skills and earn more money. It’s the $112,000 question: How can you have both? Is there a job out there that gives you a six-figure income, and all of that too? As unemployment hovers a 49-year low, there are more professions to choose from that will give people the one thing that gets them out of bed in the morning: a meaningful job with the possibility of advancement.

Access to career momentum opportunities in the workplace is one of the strongest predictors of employee satisfaction based on millions of reviews left on Glassdoor, in addition to culture and values and quality senior leadership, according to a study released Wednesday by the company. “This list of jobs with great career opportunities is not limited to tech; we see several finance, health-care and marketing roles with strong career paths.”

Is there a job out there that gives you a six-figure income, allows you to advance and makes you happy?

Tax manager has the strongest career opportunities rating, according to employees in this position. It has a median base salary of $112,021 a year and 4,803 job openings on Glassdoor as of July 5.

“Several finance roles, including audit manager and accounting manager, boast strong career opportunity ratings as well, along with competitive salaries and numerous open jobs,” Glassdoor added. With the infiltration of technology within financial services, there’s a renewed emphasis for tax managers to build closer client relationships, it added.

The report used the following criteria: A median base salary over the past year of $80,000 a year or higher, well above June 2019 U.S. median annual pay of $53,411, and at least 2,000 job openings as of July 5 on Glassdoor. Employees rated their job on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 as the highest level of advancement. Tax manager had a rating of 4.1 compared to the average rating of 3.0 across all jobs on the Glassdoor website. Here’s a list of the top 25.

Tax managers were followed by salesforce developer ($81,721 a year with 3,193 job openings), product designers ($102,054 a year and 2,045 openings), strategy manager ($142,328 a year and 3,131 openings), HR manager ($84,700 a year and 4,351 openings), audit manager ($102,521 a year and 3,050 openings) and data scientist ($110,160 a year and 6,789 openings).

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Companies are always keen to use intel to improve efficiency and learn more about their customers and, so, data scientists are in high demand. They’re No. 1 on Glassdoor’s recent “Best Jobs in America” for 2019 — for the fourth straight year. They boast median base annual salary of $108,000, but Glassdoor also says there are signs their salary growth has been levelling off. They were followed by nursing managers at No. 2 ($83,000) and marketing managers at No. 3 ($82,000), occupational therapists at No. 4 ($74,000) and product managers at No. 5 ($115,000).

There were other six-figure jobs among Glassdoor’s top 20 list with relatively high number of job openings, job satisfaction and earning potential, including devops engineers at No. 6 ($106,000 a year) who work with developers and the IT staff to oversee code releases, data engineers at No. 8 ($100,000), software engineers at No. 10 ($104,000), physician assistant at No. 12 ($105,000), strategy manager at No. 16 ($140,000) and security engineers at No. 17 ($102,000).

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Data scientists and software developers use programming language such as Python, followed by R, SQL, Hadoop and the more well-known Java, according to careers site Glassdoor. A mid-level data scientist is likely to be proficient in Python, R and SQL, Java, Python and JavaScript and make close to $130,000 a year. Google GOOG, +1.92%, Aetna US:AET, and Microsoft MSFT, +2.08%  typically hire people for these roles. are among the top programming languages.

The jobs environment is getting stronger, at least judging by the latest jobs figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7% in July and remained near a 50-year low. What’s more, more people entered the labor force in search of work, the government reported. The labor force participation rate was 63% in July, up slightly from 62.9% in June.

There’s probably never been a better time since the Great Recession to start looking. The U.S. economy added 164,000 new jobs in July, the government recently reported. Analysts polled by MarketWatch predicted 171,000 new jobs last month.

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