Top 14 tech jobs in the US - the best you can get

Tech jobs continue to boom, and these are some of the best IT gigs you can land

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During the pandemic, one of the few sectors that was still able to expand and post job listings was the technology industry. A number of companies, like Salesforce and Amazon, even announced hiring sprees involving thousands of new roles as wider society became even more dependent on technology.

Moreover, the careers that are being offered in the tech industry today can allow you to find an extremely rewarding, and potentially lucrative, new role. Very few industries can offer experiences that can be found in tech, although you'll need an understanding of rapidly advancing technologies and a good grounding in technical know-how.

If you're looking for a new role in tech, or if you're hoping to make a career change, knowing where to start can be daunting. To aid you in your search, we've compiled 14 of the best tech roles out there in the US today to help kickstart your career in this ever-changing sector.

Methodology

Our mission to find the top tech position around started with a list of Glassdoor's 50 Best tech jobs of 2020. We filtered this down to only display the tech-based roles.

We carefully analyzed three elements of each job listed: job satisfaction, job openings, and median base salary. Using this data, we then ranked them and matched the rankings to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' projected job growth estimates. This provided us with an average ranking for each role across our criteria and also helped to determine their final rankings on our list.

14. Automation engineer

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Median base salary: $85,456

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.8 of 5

Job openings: 2,658

BLS job growth outlook: 2%

Automation is a huge part of our world today, and companies look to automation engineers to automate various aspects of their companies. These engineers can also have a hand in the world of autonomous vehicles.

These engineers design, program, simulate, and test automated machinery to ensure it completes its intended processes, according to Study.com. This is a wide-reaching field that touches various aspects of tech, ranging from behind-the-scenes programming to hands-on assembly and everything in between.

This position carries a median base salary of $85,456 and a 3.8 of 5 job satisfaction rating on Glassdoor. Dragging it down to last place on our list is its surprisingly limited number of open jobs, as Glassdoor noted only 2,658 openings at the time of this writing. On top of that, the BLS predicts job growth in this industry through 2028 will remain at 2%, which is slower than the national average.  

13. Network engineer

Median base salary: $71,028

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.6 of 5

Job openings: 6,138

BLS job growth outlook: 6%

While most of the positions on this list center on newer technology, one position that’s been around forever and is still one of the top tech jobs in the US is network engineering. According to Indeed, network engineers “design, build, implement and maintain computer networks businesses and organizations use.”

Their work stretches through all types of business necessities, including phones, intranet, extranet and more.

There is decent demand for network engineers, as Glassdoor shows 6,138 open positions at the time of this writing. The BLS lists its projected growth through 2028 about average at 6%. Dragging this role down to No. 13 on our list of top tech jobs is its $71,028 median base salary, which is last on our list.

12. Scrum master

Median base salary: $100,000

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.8 of 5

Job openings: 2,894

BLS job growth outlook: 12%

While a scrum master is not specific to tech, as any agile business can use the services of a talented scrum master, this role has become a staple in the high-tech industry.

The scrum master is essentially the glue that holds a technical team together. They lead an agile team and are responsible for communication between management, the product owner or project manager, and the scrum team. Without the scrum master’s quick communication between the groups, an agile workplace would lack cohesion between the various departments and teams.

With agility becoming critical in the fast-moving tech world, it shouldn’t be a shock that scrum master lands at No. 12 on our list. It carries an excellent $100,000 median base salary and a 3.8 of 5 job satisfaction rating on Glassdoor. At the time of this writing, Glassdoor showed 2,894 open positions. The BLS lists its growth through 2028 at 12%, which is much faster than average.

11. Salesforce developer

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Median base salary: $81,175

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.8 of 5

Job openings: 3,639

BLS job growth outlook: 21%

Salesforce has become a leader in customer relationship management software and cloud technology, so an expert Salesforce developer can be a key hire for a company. With demand high, this tech job lands at No. 11 on our list.

A Salesforce developer is responsible for coding software or application solutions for Salesforce. They typically work within a larger Salesforce development team to ensure everything runs smoothly and is tuned specifically for the business’ needs.

Job satisfaction comes in high at 3.8 of 5, and demand is high with Glassdoor reporting 3,639 open jobs and the BLS projecting 21% growth through 2028. The only relative sore spot is its $81,175 median base salary, which is on the lower end for such an in-demand position.

10. Systems engineer

Median base salary: $92,225

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.5 of 5

Job openings: 16,850

BLS job growth outlook: 5%

Systems engineers are responsible for managing and monitoring systems and infrastructure; installing, testing and maintaining operating systems and other software; and general oversight of all systems and infrastructure.

The demand for these workers shows in its open positions, as Glassdoor lists a whopping 16,850 openings at the time of publication. Dragging it down a bit is its long-term growth of 5% through 2028, which is about average, and job-satisfaction rating of 3.5 of 5. Its $92,225 salary is about average on our list.

9 (tie). Applications manager

Median base salary: $85,794

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 4 of 5

Job openings: 9,550

BLS job growth outlook: 11%

Application managers may not be involved directly with the development of software and applications, but they still play a significant role in this area. They are responsible for determining what software a business needs, acquiring the software, overseeing its installation, and maintaining the software.

Applications managers are in high demand, as businesses rely more on having the right software now than they ever have before. This demand shows with Glassdoor listing 9,550 open positions at the time of publication and BLS data projecting  11% growth through 2028. Job satisfaction is also quite high at 4 out of 5.

The median base salary of $85,794 drags its overall ranking down a bit.

9 (tie). Software developer

Median base salary: $80,429

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.5 of 5

Job openings: 31,909

BLS job growth outlook: 21%

In today's digital world, software developers have a hand in virtually every part of our daily lives, as they create the software that allows us to perform simple computer tasks, allow our cellphones to work, and much more. Without these developers constantly hitting the job market, the technology we know, love, and can't live without wouldn't be possible.

The demand for software developers is clear when you dig into the numbers, as Glassdoor lists a whopping 31,909 open positions at the time of publication. The BLS solidifies this with projected growth of 21% through 2028.

On the downside, software developers come up light in median base salary at $80,429, and their job satisfaction is on the lower side at 3.5 of 5.

7. Data engineer

Median base salary: $102,472

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.9 of 5

Job openings: 6,941

BLS job growth outlook: 12%

Data engineers have the important responsibility of setting up and maintaining the data infrastructures that support businesses. With all businesses using data in various ways, data engineers are in high demand.

Evidence of this demand is clear with Glassdoor showing 6,941 open positions at the time of publication and the BLS projecting 12% growth through 2028. What pushes the data engineer to No. 7 on our list is that 3.9 of 5 job satisfaction rating and $102,472 median base salary.

6. Java developer

lines of colourful code

Median base salary: $83,589

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.9 of 5

Job openings: 16,136

BLS job growth outlook: 21%

The role of a general computer programmer isn’t dead, but as the tech world migrates to more specialization, more focused roles have taken hold.

One such programming specialist is a Java developer. No, not a barista at your local coffee joint. A Java developer is a specialized programmer who works along with web and software developers and engineers to integrate Java into the business’ applications. They are also responsible for maintaining the Java side of the application through its life cycle.

Java developers are in high demand, and the 16,136 open jobs on Glassdoor are evidence of this. BLS data backs up this demand with a projected 21% growth through 2028. The salary comes in a little low relative to other top tech careers at $83,589, but job satisfaction is high at 3.9 of 5.

5. Cloud engineer

Median base salary: $110,600

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.6 of 5

Job openings: 4,668

BLS job growth outlook: 21%

With businesses growing quickly and remote working becoming more common, cloud computing has become one of the most important infrastructure developments. With this growth, it’s no surprise that cloud engineer ranks No. 5 on our list of top tech careers.

A cloud engineer may touch just about any part of the cloud computing process, including design, planning, management, maintenance and support.

This role has plenty of numbers to back up its ranking, including a $110,600 median base salary, 4,668 open jobs on Glassdoor at the time of publication and a strong 21% projected growth through 2028. The only area it slips relative to others on our list is in job satisfaction, as it’s rated 3.6 of 5 on Glassdoor.

4. Front-end engineer

Median base salary: $105,240

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.9 of 5

Job openings: 13,122

BLS job growth outlook: 13%

Any time you surf the web, you’re looking at the work of a front-end engineer. These key cogs in the tech wheel write the code that delivers a site’s look and feel. They code in various languages, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, plus they have a general understanding of user experience and how to create an easy-to-use website.

As you may expect, front-end engineers are key people in any business’ technical team, and they are treated as such with a median base salary of $105,240 and a job satisfaction rating of 3.9 of 5.

There is also plenty of demand for these specialists, as Glassdoor lists 13,122 open positions at the time of publication. BLS confirms this demand will continue with a projected growth of 13% through 2028.

3 (tie). Data scientist

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Median base salary: $107,800

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 4 of 5

Job openings: 6,542

BLS job growth outlook: 16%

Data science is far from a tech-only career, as many with this title work alongside CEOs and other executives to crunch the data the company needs to be successful. But where there is data, technology finds its way in, as many data scientists work within technical teams and analyze data, data sets, and variables, create algorithms, read patterns, and more so the technical team can apply the data to its projects.

With data still one of the most important parts of running an organization, it shouldn’t shock anyone that this role lands tie for No. 3 on our list.

The numbers back it up too, as the median base salary rings in at $107,800, job satisfaction is great at 4 of 5, and current and future demand remains well above average at 16%.

3 (tie). DevOps engineer

Median base salary: $107,800

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.9 of 5

Job openings: 6,603

BLS job growth outlook: 21%

The DevOps movement has streamlined the development process by combining the development and operations teams. While this leads to better coordination between the two sides of the business, it also opens the book on a relatively novel role as a DevOps engineer.

The DevOps engineer works with the developers to automate and streamline the integration and deployment processes. In turn, this will enhance coordination between operations, development, and testing functions.

With the DevOps phenomenon still in full swing, there is plenty of demand for these highly specialized engineers. Glassdoor lists 6,603 open positions at the time of publication, and the BLS places its projected growth through 2028 at 21%.

On top of being in demand, DevOps engineer roles pay a median base salary of $107,800 and have a 3.9 of 5 job satisfaction rating.

1. Software engineer

Median base salary: $105,563

Glassdoor job-satisfaction rating: 3.6 of 5

Job openings: 50,438

BLS job growth outlook: 5%

Software engineering is another one of those timeless computer science careers that have been around since the days of room-sized computers, and it’s No. 1 on our list.

Software engineers are responsible for the development and building of computer systems software and applications, including browsers, programs, database programs, and more.

While its BLS job growth is only 5% through 2028, which is low for a tech position, Glassdoor has a whopping 50,438 open positions at the time of publication. Job satisfaction is on the low side at 3.6 of 5, but its median base salary is among the highest on our list at $105,563. 

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