The Best Jobs in the United States: 2017

We’ve just released our list of the best jobs of 2017, curated from job postings, salary and growth opportunity statistics. All but a few are roles in computer science; seven of the top ten jobs are software engineers and developers, with positions in management, healthcare and engineering rounding out the top 25 list. Some of the highest paying positions ranked in the top ten include full stack developers (#1), data scientists (#2), development operations engineers (#3), Salesforce developers (#6) and cloud engineers (#9).

Many of the technical roles offer six-figure salaries and an ever-increasing number of job postings. “Software engineers and other technical roles continue to dominate many of the top positions for employer demand and competitive pay,” said Indeed Senior Vice President Paul D’Arcy. “But there are certainly opportunities in other sectors, with roles in management, engineering and healthcare in high demand.”

Although tech roles are prominent in the list, time-honored positions like civil engineer (#14), commercial project manager (#19), registered nurse (#20) and construction superintendent (#24) round out the top 25 best jobs of 2017:

indeed's best jobs 2017A Technical Problem

Hiring tech talent is challenging. Companies throughout the tech industry are suffering as the inability to timely hire tech talent affects their bottom line. We know the technology field has a demand gap: job seeker interest in software architect job postings meets only 29.4% of the employer demand while dev ops job postings meet only 39.6%.

We recently surveyed more than one thousand tech recruiters and hiring managers to learn more about how the tech talent shortage is impacting their businesses. Almost 9 in 10 respondents (86%) said they find it challenging to find and hire technical talent, with more than a third (36%) saying they find it “very” challenging.

“As every business morphs into the digital version of itself, the demand for workers with highly technical abilities is increasing far faster than supply” said D’Arcy. “The result is a rapid growth in open, unfilled jobs and increases in salaries for the talent that can fill these roles.”

In some cases, companies settle for subpar candidates. The results showed that more than half (53%) of respondents hired tech talent despite candidates not meeting job description requirements. Additionally, companies that have trouble achieving their hiring goals must fill the gaps with existing employees, which can create turnover. More than a third of surveyed respondents (36%) said the inability to hire a qualified candidate caused burnout in existing employees and affected their business’s bottom line.

Technical (Hiring) Support

Companies like LiveAction use Indeed Prime for exclusive access to newly vetted, change-ready tech professionals every week. Only the top 5% of tech candidates who participate in the rigorous coding assessments and talent reviews are invited to create Prime profiles.

LiveAction filters searches to narrow results, enabling them to find detailed tech profiles. They could also identify candidate motivators such as preferred salary, career aspirations, links to projects, coding assessment scores and other factors to find the perfect job seeker.

“Before Indeed Prime, the recruiters that called me—I knew they were shooting in the dark. They didn’t review my profile or capabilities and I didn’t think there was mutual interest,” said Software Engineer Inna Ben Soussan. “I think with Indeed Prime there is a good fit between the candidate and the company.”

Indeed Prime also enabled two-way communication between LiveAction’s Director of HR and candidates on the Prime Marketplace with a 90% candidate response rate and 60% “interested” candidate acceptance rate. This top talent is invited to the marketplace for private communication with employers using the platform.

Putting Tech to Work

Hiring tips, tricks and best practices can vary by industry, but tech companies have been getting creative when competing for the world’s most sought-after talent, and Indeed is no exception. Finding technical talent will remain a challenge for companies who aren’t able to stay in front of the competition, so you need to figure out how best to attract qualified candidates. Hiring for tech jobs is more complicated than just filling seats, so remember to keep your hiring funnel as full as possible.

Indeed understands the recruitment landscape. To learn more about how Indeed empowers companies to find and hire the best talent, visit indeed.com/hire.

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Methodology
Indeed compiled this list by including jobs with a salary of at least $70,000, combined with consistent growth in share of postings from 2013-2016.