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

Temperatures may start cooling down in September, but the tech job market is still hot. More tech companies are offering remote positions to tech workers, and the salaries, perks, and benefits are getting even better.

Hiring incentives at the top tech companies include laptops and headphones, work/life balance, and even student loan repayments, along with health care, retirement options, and paid time off.

The future may seem murky and uncertain for many industries, but it’s bright for techies. The number of available jobs just keeps growing as tech companies shoulder more of the economy and make more hires to handle the increased business. Check out our list of the top job search sites for the tech market as well.

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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: 20,460

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:

  • Viasat, Carlsbad, California – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off, unlimited sick time
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Health insurance
  • Zoom, San Jose, California – See the job
    • Unlimited vacation time
    • Work from home
    • Free food, gym, and wellness reimbursement
  • Kronos Incorporated, Lowell, Massachusetts – See the job
    • Unlimited paid time off, flex hours, and telecommuting options
    • 401(k) matching up to 8%
    • Cell phone reimbursement

2) Software engineer

  • Median annual salary: $92,046
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings: 92,282

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:

  • Snowflake, San Mateo, California – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Free lunch 4-5 days per week
    • Health insurance and mental health therapy
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 403(b) with matching
    • Work from home
  • BambooHR, Lindon, Utah – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • 401(k) plan with 6% match
    • Paid vacation plus $2,000 in vacation expenses

3) DevOps engineer

  • Median annual salary: $100,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.⅕,
  • Number of job openings: 21,213

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:

  • Kaiser Permanente, Pleasanton, California – See the job
    • 100% employer-paid health insurance and wellness programs
    • 403(b) with 6% matching plus pension
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • VMware, Inc., Farmington, Minnesota – 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
  • Walt Disney Company, New York City – See the job
    • Employee discount and park passes
    • 401(k) plan with matching
    • No-cost continuing education
security engineer worker his job

4) Security engineer

  • Median annual salary: $100,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 45,580

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:

  • Autodesk, San Francisco – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with match
    • Work from home
    • Low-cost health insurance 
  • Square, San Francisco – See the job
    • Four months maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and unlimited paid time off
    • 401(k) with match
  • Rose International, San Ramon, California – See the job
    • Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
    • 401(k) plan (traditional and Roth) with matching
    • Fixed indemnity plan

5) Data analyst

  • Median annual salary: $62,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 4,717

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:

  • Life.Church – Edmond, Oklahoma – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Health, dental, life, and disability insurance
  • 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
  • Costco Wholesale, Issaquah, Washington – See the job
    • 401(k) with company performance-based bonus contributions
    • Vacation and accrued paid time off
    • Full benefits for part-time workers

6) Solutions architect

  • Median annual salary: $111,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 59,861

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:

  • Boston Scientific, Arden Hills, Minnesota – 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
  • Google, Austin, Texas – See the job
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Microsoft, Burlington, Massachusetts – See the job
    • Employee discount
    • 401(k) matched up to a maximum of $9,000
    • Company-paid health insurance

7) Systems engineer

  • Median annual salary: $78,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 58,140

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:

  • SSATI, Annapolis Junction, Maryland – See the job
    • Hobby bonus
    • Health and fitness allowance
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Moog, Golden, Colorado – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Comprehensive, low-cost health insurance
  • 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

8) Software developer

  • Median annual salary: $77,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 51,637

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:

  • 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
  • UST Global, Chicago – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Health, dental, accident, and life insurance
    • 401(k) with matching
  • SAP, Boulder, Colorado – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Career development programs and job training
    • Gender equality
ux designer working at their job

9) UX designer

  • Median annual salary: $85,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 3,966

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:

  • Salesforce, Chicago – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) matching
  • Solution Design Group, Golden Valley, Minnesota – See the job
    • 10-time Best Place to Work recipient
    • Membership in the best technology community in the Twin Cities
    • Year-round technology and social events to stay sharp and have fun
  • Collabera, San Francisco, California – See the job
    • 401(k) plan
    • Health and dental insurance
    • Vacation and paid time off

10) Systems administrator

  • Median annual salary: $65,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings: 39,858

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:

  • BrainTrust Holdings Annapolis Junction, Maryland – See the job
    • 401(k) with 10% salary match
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Health, dental, vision, and mental health insurance, plus family medical leave
  • 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
  • Paycom, Oklahoma City – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Employee stock purchase opportunities
Application Engineer working their job

11) Applications engineer

  • Median annual salary: $70,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4/5
  • Number of job openings: 81,274

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:

  • Honey, Washington, D.C. – See the job
    • 401(k) savings plan and employee stock purchase plan
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Twitter, Boulder, Colorado – See the job
    • Free breakfast, lunch, and snacks 
    • 10 weeks maternity and paternity leave
    • Low-cost health insurance
  • Asana, San Francisco – See the job
    • 100% employer-paid health insurance 
    • Unlimited paid time off
    • Free lunch and snacks

12) Data engineer

  • Median annual salary: $130,525
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 70,898

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:

  • McKinsey & Company, Waltham, Massachusetts – See the job
    • 401(k) with limited matching
    • Maternity and paternity leave, including adoptive parents
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Bayer, Chesterfield, Missouri – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with match
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Health care insurance
  • SalesLoft, remote – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Vacation and unlimited paid time off
    • Free lunch

13) Product manager

  • Median annual salary: $109,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 82,375

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:

  • C3, San Francisco – See the job
    • 401(k) plan, no match
    • Free breakfast and lunch
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Adobe, San Francisco – 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
  • Chime, San Francisco – See the job
    • 401(k) with 50% contribution match
    • Unlimited paid time off
    • Employer-paid health, vision, dental, and disability insurance

14) Java developer

  • Median annual salary: $79,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 17,868

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:

  • Sammons Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa – See the job
    • Work from home option
    • 401(k) plan and employee stock ownership program 
    • Low-cost insurance
  • Conch Technologies, Inc, Dallas – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Health insurance including family benefits
    • 401(k) plan
  • CyberCoders, Jefferson City, Maryland – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with 6% match
    • Free unlimited food and drinks
    • Low-cost health insurance

15) Sales engineer 

  • Median annual salary: $88,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.1/5
  • Number of job openings: 24,250

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:

  • iCIMS – Denver – 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
  • Jobot, New York City – See the job
    • Employer-paid platinum health insurance options 
    • Unlimited paid time off
    • Free life insurance
  • Datadog, Washington, D.C. – See the job
    • Vacation and unlimited paid time off
    • Free meals and snacks
    • Low-cost health insurance

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