The 15 best tech jobs boast top salaries, high satisfaction, lots of openings

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Happy New Year! 2020 has arrived with a booming tech job market. The salary and perks you want are yours for the asking. Make your New Year’s resolutions come to fruition this year by taking a big step up the ladder to a shiny new future.

Here are the best jobs available right now at the top companies to work for. Happy hunting!

The 15 hottest tech jobs right now

1) Data scientist

  • Median annual salary: $113,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.3/5
  • Number of job openings: 31,793

What data scientists do: While data science is a diverse field with a wide range of responsibilities depending on the company, all data scientists evaluate data to provide creative insight. Duties typically include creating machine-based learning tools for use by the tech company, such as recommendation engines or expanded artificial intelligence (A.I.) functions. Data scientists also typically collect, clean, and organize data, and perform statistical and predictive analysis.

Skills and experience:

  • Strong understanding of statistical theory and applications. Strong knowledge and hands-on experience with machine learning and/or big data techniques (Spark, Pig, Hive)
  • Exceptional coding skills and experience with at least one high-level programming language (Python, Java or equivalent)
  • Proven record of 3-plus years of experience conducting data science projects.
  • Experience performing investigations on large-scale data sets

Companies hiring data scientists now:

  • Apple, Austin, Texas – See the job
    • Health insurance and wellness programs
    • Time-away programs
    • Stock grants and discount buy-ins
  • Johnson & Johnson, Montgomery, Alabama – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Comprehensive health insurance
    • Maternity and paternity leave
  • McKinsey & Company, Waltham, Massachusetts – See the job
    • 401(k) with limited matching
    • Maternity and paternity leave, including adoptive parents
    • Vacation and paid time off

2) Software engineer

  • Median annual salary: $92,046
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings: 167,560

What software engineers do: Software engineers use knowledge of engineering principles and programming languages to design, develop, and install software and systems. This role can start as an entry-level position, with the opportunity to be promoted to senior software engineer roles. 

Skills and experience:

  • Proficiency in multiple programming languages such as Java, MySQL/Oracle/DB, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Expertise with SQL, relational data modeling, and basic database schema design
  • Experience working across complex enterprise systems to enhance current processes and procedures, while ensuring the validity of enterprise data
  • Ability to solve architectural and system issues involving scalability and relational databases

Companies hiring software engineers now:

  • John Deere, Moline, Illinois – See the job
    • 401(k) with 6% matching
    • 10 days vacation to start
    • Flexible work arrangements
  • Boston Consulting Group, Seattle – See the job
    • Employer-paid health insurance
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • NetApp, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina – See the job
    • 40 hours of volunteer time off 
    • Top-notch fitness center
    • Employee stock purchase plan

3) DevOps engineer

  • Median annual salary: $100,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.1/5
  • Number of job openings: 37,221

What devops engineers do: DevOps engineers automate and streamline existing systems and processes, as well as build and maintain tools for deployment, operations, and monitoring systems. They also diagnose and resolve issues in development, testing, and production environments.

Skills and experience:

  • Scripting skills in languages such as Bash, Ant, Python, Gradle, Maven, and Ruby
  • Experience with object-oriented design, data structures, and multithreaded algorithms
  • Experience with cloud-based infrastructure environments
  • Experience collaborating across multiple functional/technical teams to deliver a project

Companies hiring devops engineers now:

  • Slalom, Portland, Oregon – See the job
    • 50% 401(k) matching up to 6% of salary
    • Health care, including transgender medical benefits
    • Maternity and paternity leaves
  • Boston Scientific, Marlborough, Massachusetts – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching up to 6%, global stock options, flexible spending account
    • Educational assistance
    • Paid maternity and paternity leave for new parents, including adoption
  • Adobe, San Jose, California – See the job
    • Generous time off, plus enhanced leave
    • Adobe stock at 15% below fair market value by enrolling in the employee stock purchase plan
    • Educational reimbursement of $10,000 per year
security engineer worker his job

4) Security engineer

  • Median annual salary: $100,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 75,911

What security engineers do: Security Engineers protect computer networks and systems. They devise and carry out strategies to monitor and protect sensitive data and systems from infiltration and cyberattacks.

Skills and experience:

  • Expertise in disaster recovery, computer forensic tools, technologies, and methods
  • Expertise in coding languages, and the ability to understand mobile and malicious code
  • Experience with antivirus software, intrusion detection, firewalls, and content filtering
  • Understanding of risk-assessment tools, technologies, and methods
  • Bonus if the candidate has a computer science or information technology degree

Companies hiring security engineers now:

  • Intuit, Mountain View, California – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Tuition assistance
    • Pet-friendly workplace
  • Microsoft, Redmond, Washington – See the job
    • Employee discount
    • 401(k) matched up to a maximum of $9,000
    • Company-paid health insurance
  • Compass, Seattle – See the job
    • Free lunches or snacks
    • Accrued vacation time and paid time off
    • Employer-paid health care — deductible, no premiums

5) Data analyst

  • Median annual salary: $62,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 9,497

What data analysts do: Data analyst duties include developing frameworks for data, analytics, and strategy development, as well as implementing data-analysis tools and providing user training. Other duties include collecting and analyzing data sets from diverse sources to inform business decisions and make accurate predictions. Tracking and monitoring internal and external data are other duties.

Skills and experience:

  • Ability to analyze large data sets and filter relevant data sets
  • Attention to detail, an analytical mind, and problem-solving ability
  • Experience in data modeling and reporting software
  • Ability to write actionable reports in clear language

Companies hiring data analysts now:

  • HubSpot, Cambridge, Massachusetts – See the job
    • Unlimited vacation
    • Retirement savings plan matching program
    • $5,000 a year for continuing education
  • Rose International, Tempe, Arizona – See the job
    • Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
    • 401(k) plan (traditional and Roth) with matching
    • Fixed indemnity plan
  • Intuitive Surgical, Raleigh, North Carolina – See the job
    • Generous vacation and holiday schedule, paid new parent leave, vacation cash out
    • Up to 50% reimbursement for classes and degree programs 
    • Wellness initiatives, community volunteerism, and giving

6) Solutions architect

  • Median annual salary: $111,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 108,510

What solutions architects do: Solution architects manage complex processes to solve business problems using technology. Duties include defining features, phases, and solution requirements to address issues and weaknesses and determining the best tech solution to solve problems while also explaining the solution to project stakeholders to achieve buy-in.

Skills and experience:

  • IT infrastructure and cloud development
  • Engineering and software architectural design
  • Working experience in various areas of IT
  • Project and product management

Companies hiring solutions architects now:

  • Salesforce, Indianapolis – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) matching
  • Microsoft, Washington, D.C. – See the job
    • Employee discount
    • 401(k) matched up to a maximum of $9,000
    • Company-paid health insurance
  • Nvidia, Remote – See the job
    • Health care coverage, life and disability insurance
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Maternity and paternity leave

7) Systems engineer

  • Median annual salary: $78,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 101,513

What systems engineers do: System engineers combine knowledge of engineering and coding to implement computer systems for businesses and organizations. Most job descriptions require system design and analysis, as well as communication, mathematical, and business skills. They implement new systems, evaluate performance, and correct software errors in existing systems. Responsibilities may include preparing progress and specifications reports, maintaining inventory, and overseeing payroll.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of network hardware and operating systems
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience with planning design, technical review, and implementation of new network infrastructure
  • Experience with troubleshooting and fixing networks and systems
  • Bonus if they have a computer science- or computer-related degree

Companies hiring systems engineers now:

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – New York City – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Employee discounts
  • Texas Instruments, Dallas – See the job
    • 401(k) with 4% matching, profit-sharing, and employee stock purchase plan
    • 10 vacation days per year 
    • Comprehensive health care
  • Southwest Airlines, Dallas – See the job
    • 401(k) with 100% matching up to 9.3 % of eligible pay
    • Travel privileges for employees and eligible dependents
    • Annual profit-sharing

8) Software developer

  • Median annual salary: $77,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 110,268

What software developers do: Software developer responsibilities include designing, testing, implementing, and managing software programs. They are also charged with modifying existing programs to meet company needs, developing quality-assurance testing methods, training users, and evaluating the software for its efficiency and usability. They may also implement programs, integrate systems, train users, and monitor systems.

Skills and experience:

  • Coding in languages such as Java, Python, C#/.Net,  Mean, and Ruby
  • Problem-solving and analytical thinking
  • Experience in software testing and debugging
  • Expertise in object-oriented design

Companies hiring software developers now:

  • SAP, Chicago – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Career development programs and job training
    • Gender equality
  • KeepTruckin, San Francisco – See the job
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • A healthy collaborative company culture that values input at any level
    • Wellness perks including monthly yoga classes and healthy lunches 
  • AppDynamics, San Francisco – See the job 
    • 401(k) with 4.5% matching, equity, and employee stock purchase plan 
    • Company-wide year-end shutdown to recharge 
    • Global recognition program
ux designer working at their job

9) UX designer

  • Median annual salary: $85,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 74,222

What UX designers do: UX designers are responsible for the look and feel of websites. Using product specifications, user psychology, and research data, they work with web developers to create website concepts and conduct usability tests to evaluate design success. They find creative ways to address usability, findability issues, and use the knowledge gained to develop wireframes and prototypes to meet customer needs.

Skills and experience:

  • Proficiency in design software such as UXPin and Balsamiq
  • HTML/CSS and JavaScript skills
  • Project-management and research experience
  • Experience as a UX or UI designer, or similar role

Companies hiring UX designers now:

  • Facebook, Seattle – See the job
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • Three months of maternity and paternity leave
    • Generous vacation time, unlimited sick days, 21 days paid time off
  • H E B, San Antonio, Texas – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with $1.60 match for each dollar contributed up to 2.5% of salary
    • 10% discount on all H E B brand products and special offers
    • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Intuit, Mountain View, California – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Tuition assistance
    • Pet-friendly workplace

10) Systems administrator

  • Median annual salary: $65,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings: 64,313

What systems administrators do: System administrators are responsible for providing technical support for both hardware and software issues. They manage the configuration and operation of client-based computer operating systems, monitor systems, and respond to security issues. Job duties also include maintaining secure data backups, and monitoring and upgrading systems, processes, and security measures. They will also be expected to install and test new system hardware.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of system vulnerabilities and security issues
  • Understanding of industry goals and practices
  • System administration experience
  • Experience with VMware

Companies hiring systems administrators now:

  • Digital Prospectors, Lexington, Massachusetts – See the job
    • Health, life, and disability insurance, dependent care assistance program
    • 401(k) with 4% matching
    • Vacation and paid time off totaling 5 weeks per year with accrual
  • Keller Williams, Austin, Texas – See the job
    • Work from home
    • Job training, knowledge base, and professional development
    • Flexible schedule
  • G-TECH Services, Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan – See the job
    • 401(k) plan, no matching 
    • 3 weeks of vacation time and paid holidays
    • Health insurance with high deductibles
Application Engineer working their job

11) Applications engineer

  • Median annual salary: $70,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4/5
  • Number of job openings: 140,516

What applications engineers do: Application Engineers gather customer input and sales information and use it to design or redesign, develop, test, and implement complex software programs and applications based on user needs. Job duties include designing, developing, implementing, and testing new applications, upgrading existing software, and providing technical support.

Skills and experience:

  • Software and coding skills specific to the job
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Experience in engineering or development
  • Ability to collaborate across interdisciplinary teams

Companies hiring applications engineers now:

  • WillowTree, Charlottesville, Virginia – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching and employee stock options
    • Free kombucha, nitro-coffee, snacks, and lunch
    • Professional development – paid conferences, training, certifications
  • LinkedIn, Omaha, Nebraska – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with 50% match
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • Unlimited vacation
  • Procore Technologies, Carpinteria, California  – See the job
    • Free meals and snacks
    • Learning and development program
    • Flexible paid time off (Procore Values Time)

12) Data engineer

  • Median annual salary: $103,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 117,476

What data engineers do: Data engineers build systems to handle big data. They design, develop, build, test, and maintain architectures, including databases and large-scale data-processing systems. They are responsible for finding ways to acquire and filter data and developing high-performance algorithms for data use, such as predictive modeling and proof of concepts. Responsibilities also include creating and implementing a disaster recovery plan.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of Hadoop-based technologies, SQL-based technologies, NoSQL technologies, data-modeling tools, and various coding languages including Python, C/C++ or Java, Perl
  • Statistical analysis and modeling
  • Predictive modeling, neuro-linguistic programming, machine learning, and text analysis experience
  • Experience with data-warehousing solutions

Companies hiring data engineers now:

  • DocuSign, Seattle – See the job
    • 100% of employee’s medical, dental, and vision premiums, and over 50% of dependent medical, dental, and vision premiums
    • Flexible spending account, health reimbursement arrangement
    • 6 months paid parental leave
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City – See the job
    • Health, life, disability, death and dismemberment insurance
    • Educational assistance programs
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Equity Residential, Chicago – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Housing discount on company-managed properties

13) Product manager

  • Median annual salary: $109,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 136,256

What product managers do: Product managers are responsible for developing products from start to finish. They conduct market research to identify potential products, devise product requirements, write specifications, set production timelines and benchmarks, assign responsibilities, and monitor the project from end-to-end. They may also set pricing, as well as develop marketing strategies and rollout schedule.

Skills and experience:

  • Ability to identify new products, as well as develop products and marketing strategies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in software development and web technologies
  • Product-management experience

Companies hiring product managers now:

  • The Clorox Company, Oakland, California – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching up to 4% 
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Lululemon Athletica Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Monthly team commissions
    • 401(k) with matching
  • Google, San Bruno, California – See the job
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off

14) Java developer

  • Median annual salary: $79,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 45,141

What Java developers do: Java developers create user information system solutions by designing and developing high-volume, low-latency applications. Responsibilities include determining and defining user needs, writing specifications, and developing, testing, and implementing solutions.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of relational databases, SQL and ORM technologies
  • Object-oriented analysis and design skills using common design patterns
  • Product-management experience
  • Java development experience

Companies hiring Java developers now:

  • Rose International, Baltimore – See the job
    • Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
    • 401(k) plan (traditional and Roth) with matching
    • Fixed indemnity plan
  • Nvidia, Santa Clara, California – See the job
    • Health care coverage, life, and disability insurance
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Maternity and paternity leave
  • WillowTree, Durham, North Carolina – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching and employee stock options
    • Free kombucha, nitro-coffee, snacks, and lunch
    • Professional development – paid conferences, training, certifications

15) Sales engineer

  • Median annual salary: $88,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.1/5
  • Number of job openings: 41,059

What sales engineers do: Technical sales engineers provide clients with technical advice and introduce new products. Responsibilities include identifying new markets and clients, conducting sales meetings, negotiating contracts, and providing information, training, and technical support to clients.

Skills and experience:

  • Strong technical knowledge
  • The ability to communicate highly technical information in language easily understood by end users
  • Technical sales experience
  • Willingness to travel

Companies hiring sales engineers now:

  • Paycom, Naperville, Illinois – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Employee stock purchase opportunities
  • HubSpot, Cambridge, Massachusetts – See the job
    • Unlimited vacation
    • Retirement savings plan matching program
    • $5,000 a year for continuing education
  • Aquant – Boston – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Employee purchase plan

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