Americans eager for a high-paying job might want to focus on two industries: health care and technology.
That's because 18 out of the 25 highest-paying jobs are within those two sectors, according to a new analysis of salary data from employment site Glassdoor. The study analyzed data for job titles with at least 100 salary reports each.
Many of the occuapations highlighted by Glassdoor require years of training and study, which may prove impractical for those considering a mid-career shift. Yet there are some tech jobs open to those willing to get training or to acquire skills through hands-on experience, such as data scientist, said Amanda Stansell, an economic research analyst at Glassdoor.
"Job-seekers can look at the people in these roles and see how did they get to these roles and ask, 'Do I want to invest in these degrees?'" Stansell said. "We know that pay is one of the most important factors when people are looking at jobs."
Yet research also indicates that pay isn't what keeps workers happy. Once they are working in their new roles, employees say they're most satisfied by issues such as trust in senior leadership and workplace culture.
The jobs on Glassdoor's list are likely to continue to provide high salaries for years to come because of demographic changes, the company said. For instance, the aging of the American population is creating more demand for health care workers. Technology has been growing due to productivity demands and consumer trends.
Health care jobs are likely to remain resistant to automation, given that they require a combination of "soft" skills like judgment and empathy on top of technical expertise, Glassdoor said. Some tech jobs also may be harder to automate, especially those that require communication and analysis skills.
To be sure, Glassdoor's survey may not capture every high-paying job in America. Hedge fund managers and investment bankers, for instance, are employed in lucrative roles, but their jobs won't land on the list unless at least 100 of them have reported their salaries to the site.
Below are the 25 highest-paying jobs from Glassdoor's survey, with their annual mean base salary.
- Physician: $195,842
- Pharmacy manager: $146,412
- Pharmacist: $127,120
- Enterprise architect: $115,944
- Corporate counsel: $115,580
- Software development manager: $108,879
- Physician assistant: $108,761
- Software engineering manager: $107,479
- Nurse practitioner: $106,962
- Software architect: $105,329
- Engineering manager: $105,260
- Applications development manager: $104,048
- Plant manager: $103,892
- IT program manager: $102,969
- Solutions architect: $102,160
- Financial planning and analysis manager: $102,155
- Data architect: $101,900
- Strategy manager: $101,754
- Systems architect: $100,984
- Scrum master: $98,239
- Consulting manager: $97,154
- Attorney: $96,678
- Cloud engineer: $96,449
- Tax manager: $96,175
- Data scientist: $96,116