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The Best Jobs in the U.S. in 2021

Many of the best jobs on this list are tech roles, with a few healthcare jobs

Finding a job these days isn’t easy. The unemployment rate is forecast to hold steady at 6.7%. In the week ending Feb. 6, 793,000 Americans filed for first-time jobless benefits, and continuing claims, which are the number of people not just filing but staying on unemployment benefits, was 4.54 million for the week ending Jan. 30. 

Many Americans have stopped collecting regular jobless benefits and have switched to collecting state-run pandemic-related assistance.

So if you’re looking for a job or career, thinking of changing jobs, or considering a college major that will best secure your future, choose wisely. Are the prospects good enough? Will there be enough job openings? Will you enjoy the work and will it pay enough?

Glassdoor, the job search site that allows employees to review companies and report salaries, weighed these key factors by their Glassdoor job score: median annual base salary, overall job satisfaction rating and number of job openings, and ranked the ones that scored high in all three.

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Only job titles with at least 100 salary reports and at least 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year were considered for the list, as well as job titles with at least 2,000 openings.

If you don’t like computers, this list may not be for you. Many of the best jobs are tech roles, with a smattering of healthcare jobs. Java developer ranks as No. 1, while technical program manager (No. 30) has the highest median base salary at $142,379. Software engineer (No. 9) has the most job openings, at more than 40,000.

Here are the best jobs in the U.S. 

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