Survey Says: Tech Jobs Are the Best Jobs

In 2020 Indeed study, tech jobs knock most of the rest out of the top 10

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What makes a job a really good job? Job search site Indeed defines it as a combination of salary, demand as represented by the share of job postings, and growth in the number of job postings for a particular title.

By that definition, tech jobs have generally done well. For the past few years Indeed has used these factors to rank a broad range of careers in the U.S., including doctors, lawyers, and realtors, as long as the average salary is at least $75,000 and the site sees 20 job postings per million jobs in its database.

In Indeed’s rankings, jobs in the tech category claimed five of the top 10 slots in 2018 and three in 2019. This year, however, tech jobs claimed a whopping seven of the top ten slots, pushing out all other professions except real estate agent, dentist, and sales director.

Indeed’s data confirms job reviews site Glassdoor’s 2020 list of top jobs, which also had seven tech jobs in the top ten, though a slightly different seven. In that ranking, that included job satisfaction among its factors, front-end engineer came out on top.

What are Indeed’s great tech jobs? Software architect came out on top, driven by demand. Full stack developer came in second, driven by the growth in the number of job postings. Dentists and doctors, however, still top the average salary charts. The 2020 top ten are listed in the table below.

Top 10 Jobs in 2020

Rank Job Title Average Base Salary (2019) Number of postings per 1 million jobs posted (2019) Percent growth in number of postings (2016-2019)
1 Software Architect $119,715 1,424 18.64%
2 Full Stack Developer $94,164 893 161.98%
3 Real Estate Agent $90,439 675 157.08%
4 Dentist $184,586 674 31.69%
5 Development Operations Engineer $108,761 635 69.72%
6 Electrical Engineer $79,842 632 20.79%
7 Java Developer $93,820 618 11.14%
8 Data Scientist $105,510 615 77.57%
9 IT Security Specialist $94,984 562 12.47%
10 Sales Director $77,814 556 16.75%

Source: Indeed

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