Which sounds more like your perfect job: managing a construction team, or analyzing high-volume data sets? Everyone will have a unique answer. However you define it, two factors are universally important: there need to be open positions, and they need to have appealing salaries.
Job seekers can focus their efforts by knowing which industries and job titles offer the most opportunities and the highest pay. This information also alerts employers in fast-growing fields that top talent will be in high demand — so their compensation packages need to withstand the competition.
With that in mind, we created our list of the best jobs of 2019. We defined “best” as those experiencing the fastest growth (measured by the increase in job postings between 2015 and 2018) and offering the highest pay (using a baseline salary of $75,000).
Read on for our complete list!
Best jobs of 2019 range from cutting-edge to centuries-old
Our best jobs of 2019 represent a broad array of fields, from tech to construction, and include everything from the most cutting-edge positions (robotics engineer and full-stack developer) to those that have been around for centuries (insurance broker and accountant). Looking at the fastest-growing and best-paid jobs gives us a sense of how economic trends are playing out in the job market.
For example, artificial intelligence (AI) is now part of many of the items we use every day, from cars to home sound systems. The number-one job on our list reflects this trend: machine learning engineer, up from spot number four last year. These engineers program machines to “learn” and apply intelligence, and the role recently topped Indeed’s list of jobs requiring AI skills.
With an average salary base of $146,085 and a whopping 344% growth in job postings, machine learning engineer is an extremely promising position. Those considering a career change or new to the workforce might want to consider training for this role. Most machine learning engineers have completed a master’s degree or taken an online certification course.
The second-best job is insurance broker, making its first appearance on our list this year. The insurance industry is hungry to attract new, young talent, which is especially good news for millennial job seekers. Even better, a college degree is not required, though brokers must be licensed to practice.
Insurance is a broad field, encompassing everything from health to home to travel. Its brokers specialize in risk management and work independently of insurance companies, helping clients select the best possible options for loss protection. The average salary is well above baseline at $86,498, and three-year growth is an impressive 242%.
Following close behind, at number four, is another related job: insurance advisor. Contrary to brokers, advisors typically work directly for insurance companies, helping clients choose from available products.
With more than 90% of smartphone users using apps, it’s no surprise that the role of full-stack developer remains in high demand — coming in third after ranking second on last year’s list. Full-stack developers work on both the front end of web applications (the visual elements users interact with) and the back end (the coding and software that makes apps function).
With nowhere to go but up for app usage, full-stack developers can expect to rest easy. The job commands an impressive average salary of $114,316 and has grown 206% in terms of job postings over three years.
Legal jobs on the mend
Bouncing back from zero on the 2018 list, three legal roles made the cut this year: litigation attorney (#5), litigation associate (#6) and associate attorney (#8). This reflects recent market trends: between 2007 and 2014, the proportion of law students finding work decreased by 10%. However, law-related roles are experiencing a resurgence. According to a recent report, lawyers will be among the most in-demand U.S. jobs by 2030.
Tech is still in high demand
Nine of this year’s 25 best jobs are in the tech field. Some roles are technical, requiring significant investments in education and training for job seekers (machine learning engineer, #1; full-stack developer, #3; Salesforce developer, #10; robotics engineer, #11; computer vision engineer, #13; and data scientist, #22).
However, there are now bootcamps and other quick, flexible options available for tech education, making it easier to break into this industry. And a recent Indeed survey shows 72% of employers think coding bootcamp graduates are just as likely to be high performers as those with computer science degrees.
Some of the other top tech roles are less technical, such as senior product designer (#12), product owner (#15) and agile coach (#18; this also commands the highest average tech-job salary, at $161,377). Job seekers interested in these roles may already have transferable skills, which also helps widen the playing field for employers looking to hire.
Building and real estate booms
As the economy continues to recover from the global economic recession of 2008, people are spending money and buying homes again. As a result, construction is on the rise — it still hasn’t even met prerecession levels and is predicting even further growth.
Accompanying a boom in the construction industry and rising home prices, we see three building and real estate positions on our best-jobs list this year: realtor (#9), construction estimator (#19), construction superintendent (#21) and project architect (#24).
Health and wellness jobs on the rise
Among the best jobs of 2019 are four related to health and wellness: dental hygienist (#7), psychotherapist (#14), licensed clinical social worker (#16) and veterinarian (#20). Though these jobs require significant upfront investments in education for job seekers, the plentiful growth in positions indicates it will be money well spent. In fact, all of these jobs are predicted to grow at a faster rate than overall job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In turn, this contributes to lower turnover for employers. As long as pay keeps up with trends, workers who have invested heavily in specialized training are less likely to leave.
Job seekers with skills and experience that fit the jobs on this list can rest assured: their career prospects are strong. Those entering the workforce may want to consider training for jobs such as these.
If you’re an employer in one of these fields, you can be confident that when vast job opportunities and high salaries are combined, you offer a very attractive package to skilled talent. However, job seekers may not be aware of all these opportunities, so it’s still important to market your open positions and keep pace with others in the industry. This will help you stay competitive enough to attract top talent.