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10 Best Tech Jobs For 2016

Tech companies' perks and benefits have long been the envy of a number of industries, but what about the actual work itself? It turns out that tech jobs accounted for nearly half of Glassdoor's "25 Best Jobs in America" report. You may be surprised by the tech jobs that made the list.
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When it comes to landing a cool job, it turns out the odds are higher if you aim for a tech job, according to a recently released report by jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor. Of the "25 Best Jobs in America for 2016," 10 of them were tech jobs, according to the Glassdoor report.

"Companies across all industries are hiring tech positions -- not just tech companies, which means that tech jobs are in extremely high demand," said Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor career trends analyst. "The reason why is because companies worldwide must now maintain an online and mobile presence to stay competitive, requiring them to invest in employees with deep tech skills."

[See 10 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2016.]

The report ranked the companies based on the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score. That score is comprised of three components. One is salary, according to at least 75 salary reports submitted to Glassdoor in the past 12 months for a given job listed on the site, as well as at least 75 career opportunity ratings per job listed. Career opportunities include such things as career advancement potential for a given job to access to a mentorship program and skills-based training. A third component, job openings, is based on the number of open positions listed on Glassdoor for a given job title as of Jan. 8. The scores rate on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest.

"Of the 600 job titles that met our methodology criteria, these...10 tech jobs....stood out across all three factors," Dobroski said. "We wouldn't be surprised to see many of these jobs on our 2017 list next year."

The following slides list the top 10 best tech jobs along with their job score, number of openings, median base salary and careers opportunities rating.

Did you job make the list? If so, tell us in the comments section it's ranking is deserved. If not, let us know if this list make you consider a career change.

Dawn Kawamoto is a freelance writer and editor. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's News.com, TheStreet.com, AOL's DailyFinance, and The ... View Full Bio

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Matuco
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Matuco,
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3/12/2016 | 11:18:46 PM
Re: Comprehensive List but Missing One Key Role
Nice insight Thanks for sharing Please allow me to ask: do you see the move from business background (4 years in private Equity / vc) into IT possible? How can someone bring the already acquired business knowledge into an entry level IT position? Or do you see it Really as an overhaul from scratch, with the biz bg only coming into play in more managerial positions? Thanks
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batye,
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2/3/2016 | 11:20:40 AM
Re: thinking before moving an IT career
@impactnow, I trust you are right as past expr. and knowledge with skills do play very important part in transition...
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mejiac,
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1/27/2016 | 2:02:53 PM
Re: thinking before moving an IT career
@impactnow,

 

"someone's previous work experience and expertise plays a large part in the transition ."

This says it all.... based on past experience (and whatever passion drives a person), choosing a different career path can be very fulfilling.

 
impactnow
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impactnow,
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1/27/2016 | 1:23:08 PM
Re: thinking before moving an IT career
It's an interesting perspective do you think that it's not worth the best because of intrinsic ageism because the timeframe to recoup the investment is not there ? I have seen many people change career paths in their 40s due to personal choice or necessity , it can be done but it may not be easy . Obviously , someone's previous work experience and expertise plays a large part in the transition .
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1/27/2016 | 10:52:31 AM
Comprehensive List but Missing One Key Role
Great post and list for the best ranked tech jobs in 2016. I would say I have to agree with this list. Being in the field of BI and Data Analytics, I have seen how the intersection of all the roles are key and at what levels they are in demand. In lieu of this comprehensive list, there is still one more critical role that needs to be valued. It may not be a "Top 10 Best Tech Job" type of role, but it is a job that I have noticed is vital since the beginnings of IT emergence and certainly across my 15 year career span in IT. It is that of the strong, analytical thinking Business Analyst (BA). A good BA can make or break the success of IT initiatives. In addition, a BA coupled with a good Project Management background can really make a difference in the success of IT delivery. This role is often overlooked but is necessary to the lifecycle of IT activities. You often find there are IT professionals who are very skilled and technical, but don't have the competency to communicate with customers effectivitely. Finding someone, that can uniquely fill this gap and be the glue to front-facing (i.e. customers, a non-technical audience, business peers) and back-end folks....is golden role and job.....that wil carry you in IT for 2016 and beyond. Job roles and fancy titles to describe them come and change all the time in IT, but the need for folks with both a technical / customer facing personality set and skill do not.
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1/26/2016 | 10:51:56 PM
Re: IT as a Career
I made the transition about 15 years ago.  You're right to point out it did indeed come at a financial cost.  Approximately $11k.  It has paid off, though.  I do think an individual's age is a factor, here's why.  If you're in an industry where you're not involved in IT and in "mid-life" these changes are going to be difficult to get a Return on Investment (obviously my opinion).  My reasoning is due to experience requirements.  I made the jump in my early 30's, but someone in their mid-to late 40's plus, I'd think about it carefully-of course if there are no more options, then you have to do what you have to do-right?  Good luck out there.
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mejiac,
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1/26/2016 | 2:32:51 PM
Re: thinking before moving an IT career
@Pedro Gonzalez,

To add to your comment, in many areas, IT needs folks that can talk the business lingos (those areas that are have no idea how technology works from a backend point of view) and be able to transalate to business requirements (hence the role of a Business Analyst)

I've seen in many different companies folks that are able to execute this role really well since they have a thirft for technology but don't necessarilly have a technical background, but are able to communicate effectively to what Developers and designers need to deliver a project.

This combined with a PM to pull all the strings and keep things glued and going is a recepy for success
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/26/2016 | 2:29:59 PM
Re: IT as a Career
@tcritchley07,

Thank you for your post... you covered much of what I also wanted to share. To add to your comment, I consider myself to still be in diapers when it comes to project management (been in the industry for a little over 10 years know, but been focusing on Project Management for the past 6 years).

There's so much still to learn, and the fact that new tools, methods and system are constantly on the horizon, keeping up in it self is a challenge (and a fun one in fact)
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1/25/2016 | 3:32:57 PM
Re: Salary variability
They must correct for that effect in their data as well as the higher costs of living in most tech Mecca type cities. You would think at least, right?
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1/22/2016 | 7:26:47 PM
Salary variability

 

Very interesting list but think the salaries are not indicative of all places in the country. In some of the hotbed markets the salaries for these positions are considerably higher due to the competition.

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