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Top Jobs of 2015

Have you asked yourself the big question, “What do I want to do in life?”

If you hadn’t already started thinking about it by the time you entered high school, you’re now beginning to plan your future. You’re getting the grades and the awards to build up the college résumé to make yourself stand out to admissions.

In 2015, being a lawyer or a doctor are not as common as they once were. Many individuals are settling for less stressful jobs that have just as good of a pay.

The information gathered from Glassdoor – including data based on the average annual base salary, career opportunities and the number of job openings – was used to create a list of the Best Jobs in America for the year of 2015.

Job scores and career scores were based on a 1-5 scale, 5 being the best. The jobs were ranked by their job score, which places the physician assistant as the best job of 2015 with a score of 4.8. For career opportunities, the highest ranking is the data scientist with a score of 3.8, although it placed ninth overall. Lastly, the highest average base salary is the finance manager, which placed fifth in the list. A detailed list of the top 10 jobs of 2015 is below.

1. Physician assistant
• Job score: 4.8
• Number of job openings: 45,484
• Average base salary: $111,376
• Career opportunities rating: 3.5

2. Software engineer
• Job score: 4.6
• Number of job openings: 104,828
• Average base salary: $98,074
• Career opportunities rating: 3.3

3. Business development manager
• Job score: 4.6
• Number of job openings: 11,616
• Average base salary: $94,907
• Career opportunities rating: 3.5

4. Human resources manager
• Job score: 4.6
• Number of job openings: 8,073
• Average base salary: $96,443
• Career opportunities rating: 3.6

5. Finance manager
• Job score: 4.6
• Number of job openings: 9,728
• Average base salary: $122,865
• Career opportunities rating: 3.4

6. Marketing Manager
• Job Score: 4.6
• Number of Job Openings: 14,647
• Average Base Salary: $100,130
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

7. Database Administrator
• Job Score: 4.5
• Number of Job Openings: 9,790
• Average Base Salary: $97,835
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

8. Product Manager
• Job Score: 4.5
• Number of Job Openings: 10,294
• Average Base Salary: $113,363
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

9. Data Scientist
• Job Score: 4.4
• Number of Job Openings: 3,449
• Average Base Salary: $104,476
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.8

10. Sales Manager
• Job Score: 4.4
• Number of Job Openings: 26,193
• Average Base Salary: $76,556
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

When choosing a career, consider the job requirements that are needed to fulfill the job. If they seem rewarding or enjoyable, then that career path may be the best choice. If the career just seems like work, with the only reward being a pay check at the end of the day, you might need to reconsider your choice. Committing to a career that is enjoyable means you will be more motivated to perform well and produce great results, leading to promotions and a rising future.

A second thing to consider: many jobs require a personality. You may have met the qualifications in your résumé, but without having a personality, how can one relate? Companies like to hire individuals who will best represent their company.

Stop and consider who you are, what your talents are, and what you love. Somewhere, beyond the SAT scores, the GPA, or the music, theatre, and athletic awards is a future within a career waiting to be recognized.

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