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7 years ago
Data Scientist – Best Job in America, Again


By Gregory Piatetsky, KDnuggets
Originally published in KDnuggets

The popular job site Glassdoor published a list of 50 Best Jobs in America, and Data Scientist is again the no. 1 job in USA, with Job score 4.8 out of 5, $110,000 Median Base Salary, and 4,000 job openings.

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Half of the top 10 jobs are related to Analytics, Big Data, and Data Science!

Rank Title Job Score Job Satisfaction Median Base Salary
1 Data Scientist 4.8 4.4 $110,000
2 DevOps Engineer 4.7 4.2 $110,000
3 Data Engineer 4.7 4.3 $106,000
5 Analytics Manager 4.6 4.1 $112,000
7 Database Administrator 4.5 3.8 $93,000


Compared to Glassdoor 2016 post where Data Scientist was also no. 1 job in USA, we note that the median Salary has declined from $117 to $110, but the number of listed job openings has increased from 1,700 to 4,200.

Indeed job trends also show continuing growth in the demand for Data Scientists:
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You can also reach those talented but hard-to-find Data Scientists by placing a job ad on KDnuggets – email to jobs [at] kdnuggets [dot] com. See Details and posting info.

According to CareerCast recent report, Data Scientist is the most demanded job in 2017. Here are their top 10 jobs for 2017.

Profession Annual
Median Salary*
Data Scientist $128,240 16%
Financial Advisor $89,160 30%
General & Operations Manager $97,730 7%
Home Health Aide $21,920 38%
Information Security Analyst $90,120 18%
Medical Services Manager $94,500 17%
Physical Therapist $84,020 34%
Registered Nurse $67,490 16%
Software Engineer $100,690 17%
Truck Driver $40,260 5%


To determine the most in-demand professions, evaluates Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on growth outlook, as well as industry and profession hiring trends over the last decade; trade statistics; university graduate employment data; and the database of listings to determine the factors driving hiring needs.

*Median Annual Salary and Projected Hiring Growth by 2024 are via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Gregory P KDNugsGregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, PhD, is the President of KDnuggets. He is a well-known expert in Data Mining and Data Science. He is a co-founder of KDD conferences and ACM SIGKDD professional organization, and was Chief Scientist at 2 startups. Here is Gregory’s Full bio . Follow @kdnuggets, voted Best Twitter on Big Data.


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