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

May is here, and it’s a very different working world than anything we have ever known. The good news is that tech jobs are blooming as gloriously as May flowers waiting to be picked.

Tech jobs are a great way to make a good salary while being able to work from home and keep safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Scores of top companies are looking for new talent, and they offer perks you need, like health care, remote work, and even help with student loan repayments.

Check out the top jobs in the tech market. (You can also see which companies have implemented a hiring freeze during the pandemic.)

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The 15 hottest tech jobs right now

1) Data scientist

  • Median annual salary: $113,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.3/5
  • Number of job openings: 21,067

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:

  • Autodesk, San Francisco – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with match
    • Work from home
    • Low-cost health insurance 
  • Noom, Chicago – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) plan
  • Asana, San Francisco – See the job
    • 100% employer-paid health insurance 
    • Unlimited paid time off
    • Free lunch and snacks

2) Software engineer

  • Median annual salary: $92,046
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings:105,000

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:

  • Confluent, Mountain View, California – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Apple, Cupertino, California – See the job
    • Health insurance and wellness programs
    • Time-away programs
    • Stock grants and discount buy-ins
  • Twitter, remote – See the job
    • Free breakfast, lunch, and snacks
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Weekly in-office yoga and Pilates classes

3) DevOps engineer

  • Median annual salary: $100,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.1/5
  • Number of job openings: 25,276

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:

  • 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
  • VMware, Inc., Palo Alto, California – See the job
    • Equity and bonuses
    • Vacation, holidays, sick time, and 5 days of paid time off each year
    • Location-specific perks such as employee discounts, transportation reimbursements, subsidized cafes, and fitness facilities
  • Ultimate Software, Fort Lauderdale, Florida – See the job
    • 100% employer-paid health coverage, including same-sex couples
    • 401(k) with 45% company match on every dollar of employee contribution (no cap)
    • Unlimited personal time off (for all exempt employees)
security engineer worker his job

4) Security engineer

  • Median annual salary: $100,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 57,117

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:

  • Kronos Incorporated, Maitland, Florida – See the job
    • Unlimited paid time off, flexible hours, and telecommuting options
    • 401(k) matching up to 8%
    • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Northside Hospital, Atlanta – See the job
    • Pension, 403(b) retirement, and other savings programs
    • Paid time off, discounts, employee assistance programs
    • Tuition reimbursement and student loan repayment after two years employment
  • Roblox, San Mateo, California – See the job
    • Variety of health care plans to choose from
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) and Roth IRA plan with 4% match

5) Data analyst

  • Median annual salary: $62,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 5,154

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:

  • Apple, Cupertino, California – See the job
    • Health insurance and wellness programs
    • Time-away programs
    • Stock grants and discount buy-ins
  • Microsoft, Redmond, Washington – See the job
    • Employee discount
    • 401(k) matched up to a maximum of $9,000
    • Company-paid health insurance
  • Facebook, Sunnyvale, California – 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

6) Solutions architect

  • Median annual salary: $111,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 66,590

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:

  • UST, Quincy, Massachusetts – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Health, dental, accident, and life insurance
    • 401(k) with matching
  • Snowflake, Enterprise, Oregon – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Free lunch 4-5 days per week
    • Health insurance and mental health therapy
  • Zoom, Austin – See the job
    • Unlimited vacation time
    • Work from home
    • Free food and gym, wellness reimbursement

7) Systems engineer

  • Median annual salary: $78,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 65,348

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:

  • Epic Systems Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with 50% matching up to 6% of salary
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Comprehensive health insurance
  • ManTech, Aurora, Colorado – See the job
    • 100% paid tuition at Purdue Global for bachelors or masters degree 
    • 401(k) plan with match
    • Vacation and paid  time off
  • Cisco Systems, Richfield, Ohio – See the job
    • Multiple health insurance plans and on-site medical
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off

8) Software developer

  • Median annual salary: $77,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 63,675

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:

  • Rose International, Louisville, Kentucky – See the job
    • Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
    • 401(k) plan (traditional and Roth) with matching
    • Fixed indemnity plan
  • Redjack, Silver Springs, Maryland – See the job
    • 401(k) with match
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Commuter reimbursement
  • BambooHR, Lindon, Utah – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • 401(k) plan with 6% match
    • Paid vacation, plus $2,000 vacation expenses
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9) UX designer

  • Median annual salary: $85,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 4,068

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:

  • Google, Seattle – See the job
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Aha!, Houston, Texas – See the job
    • 401(k) plan and profit-sharing
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Kforce, San Antonio, Texas – See the job
    • Health and dental insurance
    • 401(k) plan with match
    • Vacation and paid time off

10) Systems administrator

  • Median annual salary: $65,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings: 38,695

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:

  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, California – See the job
    • 401(k) with 6% matching
    • Accrued vacation time for each year of employment and paid time off.
    • Tuition reimbursement
  • CyberCoders – Milwaukee – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with 6% match
    • Free unlimited food and drinks
    • Low-cost health insurance
  • Extra Space, Midvale, Utah – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with up to 5% matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Health insurance
Application Engineer working their job

11) Applications engineer

  • Median annual salary: $70,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4/5
  • Number of job openings: 88,923

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:

  • Intel, Chicago – See the job 
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Sabbatical program
  • T-Mobile, Richardson, Texas – See the job
    • Comprehensive health insurance
    • 401(k) with 5% matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Slack, Austin – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave, fertility and infertility benefits
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Medical, dental, and vision for employee and dependents

12) Data engineer

  • Median annual salary: $130,525
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 77,008

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:

  • Noblis, Reston, Virginia – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with match
    • Work from home once a week
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • J&J Family of Companies, Titusville, New Jersey – See the job
    • Health and vision care
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Vacation time, plus 5 personal days and 3 floating days
  • SailPoint Technologies, Austin, Texas  – See the job
    • Flexible vacation policy and paid holidays
    • Flexible hours, family-friendly company events, and charitable work
    • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans

13) Product manager

  • Median annual salary: $109,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 75,618

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:

  • Google, Los Angeles – See the job
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • SurveyMonkey, San Mateo, California – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with matching
    • Unlimited paid time off
    • Two meals per day free
  • Dell, Boston – See the job
    • On-site health care, gym, cafe (some locations)
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) with matching

14) Java developer

  • Median annual salary: $79,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 24,997

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:

  • iCIMS – San Jose, California – See the job
    • Vacation plus 15 paid time off days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, with 1 day added each year
    • 401(k) with 3% matching
    • Free drinks and lunch once a week
  • Zoom, Pittsburgh – See the job
    • Unlimited vacation time
    • Work from home
    • Free food, gym, and wellness reimbursement
  • World Wide Technology, St. Louis – See the job
    • Health insurance plan with low out-of-pocket cost for employees
    • Profit-sharing and generous 401(k) matching
    • Paid time off starts at 17 days per year, plus 10 company holidays

15) Sales engineer 

  • Median annual salary: $88,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.1/5
  • Number of job openings: 24,642

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:

  • Nvidia, Santa Clara, California – See the job
    • Health care coverage, life,and disability insurance
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Maternity and paternity leave
  • VMware, Inc., Palo Alto, California – See the job
    • Equity and bonuses
    • Vacation, holidays, sick time, and 5 days of paid time off each year
    • Location-specific perks such as employee discounts, transportation reimbursements, subsidized cafes, and fitness facilities
  • Confluent, Mountain View, California – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Free breakfast and lunch

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