Let’s Take a 20/20 Look at the Top Jobs in 2020

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Onward to a new decade and a plethora of new opportunities in the realm of computing. So is our field expanding or contracting? Well don’t worry on bit! There is a huge expansion for our field in this decade. According to Glassdoor’s 2020 Jobs Forecast for North America, the top 50 jobs are dominated by tech in 2020, with seven of the top 10 spots and nearly half of the complete list going to tech roles.  And the top ten jobs:

1. Front end engineer

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 13,122
  • Median base salary: $105,240
  • The popular position didn’t appear in last year’s rankings because there weren’t enough employee ratings.

2. Java developer

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 16,136
  • Median base salary: $83,589
  • Developers who write code for Java are in growing demand because the software lets programs run on different types of computers. Moves up from No. 22 last year.

3. Data scientist

  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 6,542
  • Median base salary: $107,801
  • A data scientist, who analyzes vast amounts of data to spot trends, has been touted as the hottest job in the country in recent years. But the website towarddatascience.com says some professionals have become disillusioned and left the field, in part because some companies don’t have the technology in place to get the most out of artificial intelligence.

4. Product manager

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 12,173
  • Median base salary: $117,713
  • While there are product managers in a wide variety of fields, Stoddard says those advertised on Glassdoor’s site generally oversee technology products. Moves up from No. 5.

5. Devops engineer

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 6,603
  • Median base salary: $107,310
  • Devops engineers oversee the release of new computer code. Moves up from No. 6.

6. Data engineer

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.9
  • Number of job openings: 6,941
  • Median base salary: $102,472
  • Data engineers build infrastructure that data scientists use for their analysis. Moves up from No. 8.

7. Software engineer

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 50,438 (most in the top 50)
  • Median base salary: $105,563
  • Software engineers design the software to meet a company’s needs. Programmers write the code. Moves up from No. 10

8. Speech language pathologist

  • Job satisfaction rating: 3.8
  • Number of job openings: 29,167
  • Median base salary: $71,867
  • The top-ranked healthcare job moves up from No. 19.

9. Strategy manager

  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.3
  • Number of job openings: 3,515
  • Median base salary: $133,067 (highest salary in the top 50)
  • A strategy manager assesses how best to achieve the company’s goals and works with different departments to do so. Moves up from No. 16.

10. Business development manager

  • Job satisfaction rating: 4.0
  • Number of job openings: 6,560
  • Median base salary: $78,480
  • A business development manager identifies new opportunities and attracts new customers. Moves up from No. 29.
So what does all this mean—> our doors should be bursting with students, but for most of us, this information is not being shared throughout our student pipeline. So start marketing our computing world with every counselor, K12 organization, parent, and especially every college freshman.