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The 25 Best Jobs in 2016 All Pay At Least $70,000

The job market continues to improve – as long as you have a well-paying job. America’s labor force is technically more than six years removed from the Great Recession. Unemployment is near an eight-year low. The national quit rate, which measures the percentage of workers who voluntarily jump ship, has been holding steady around 2%, it’s best level since 2008. Yet millions of Americans are uncertain about their careers.

Finding a new job is a popular goal. A recent survey from Glassdoor finds 45% of people say they are currently job searching or planning to search for a job in 2016. This is not too surprising, considering that wage growth is still lagging and changing jobs can be the fastest route to a larger paycheck. In 2015, the average hourly earnings only rose 2.5%, according to the latest employment summary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Whether you’re searching for a job in your current industry or trying to decide what career path you want to take, researching your possibilities can help you decide what job you ultimately pursue. New research from Glassdoor analyzes the best jobs in America for 2016, determined by weighing three factors equally: earnings potential (median annual base salary), career opportunities, and number of job openings.

Let’s take a look at the 25 best jobs, which all rate highly among all three categories and pay around $70,000 or more. In many cases, the jobs pay six figures.

25. Software Architect

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 653
  • Median Base Salary: $130,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

24. Electrical Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,516
  • Median Base Salary: $76,900
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

23. Nurse Practitioner

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,624
  • Median Base Salary: $99,500
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.1

22. Construction Superintendent

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,054
  • Median Base Salary: $78,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

21. Consultant

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,071
  • Median Base Salary: $84,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

20. Technical Account Manager

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,160
  • Median Base Salary: $69,548
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.7

19. Strategy Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 631
  • Median Base Salary: $130,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.7

18. UX Designer

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 863
  • Median Base Salary: $91,800
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.6

17. Business Development Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,906
  • Median Base Salary: $80,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

16. Finance Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,632
  • Median Base Salary: $115,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

15. QA Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,749
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

14. Marketing Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,560
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

13. Product Marketing Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,111
  • Median Base Salary: $115,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.5

12. Software Development Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,199
  • Median Base Salary: $135,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

11. Analytics Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 982
  • Median Base Salary: $105,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.7

10. Audit Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,001
  • Median Base Salary: $95,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.9

9. Software Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 49,270
  • Median Base Salary: $95,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

8. Product Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,607
  • Median Base Salary: $106,680
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

7. Physician Assistant

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,364
  • Median Base Salary: $97,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.5

6. HR Manager

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,468
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.7

5. Mobile Developer

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,251
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.8

4. Engagement Manager

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,356
  • Median Base Salary: $125,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.8

3. Solutions Architect

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,906
  • Median Base Salary: $119,500
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.5

2. Tax Manager

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,574
  • Median Base Salary: $108,000
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.9

1. Data Scientist

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,736
  • Median Base Salary: $116,840
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 4.1

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