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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 an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. 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 ... View Full Bio

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1/22/2016 | 12:13:05 PM
IT as a Career
I may be advertising but after 40 years in IT, I am putting together what I've learned, including my mistakes and the lessons therefrom.  It's a great career if you get to know the ropes and they are NOT all technical. Believe me, pure techies did not contribute much to projects outiside their (very good) techie skills, rather like a great car mechanic who can't drive. Drivers are key in IT and that means soft skills like project management, body language, writing skils and many, many others.

Terry Critchley
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1/21/2016 | 12:25:29 PM
thinking before moving an IT career
I think things are very interesting trends.  People who are planning to transition to an IT career should keep them in mind.  I think it is important for people to transition to new career people should take into account many things, technical learning curve, time, money, personality, etc.  There are many bootcamp out there which cost from $5,000 to $12,000.  Would people from other field have made the successful shift between other industries to IT successfuly, I would be very interested to find out.
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