Top Paying Jobs of 2016 and the Skills to Get You Started
June 13, 2016 | David McPherson
Glassdoor.com recently published a list of the highest paying jobs in America for 2016 based on salary data that people with these jobs shared in the past year. While doctors and lawyers topped the list, it is interesting to note, and not all that surprising, that the majority of careers in the top 25 were in information technology. With the exponential growth of the Internet of Things and the rise in Big Data, the need for software developers and data scientists is strong and will remain that way for years to come.
While a high salary is certainly not the reason to choose a career path, it is good to see which skills and areas of expertise are commanding top dollar. This is an indicator of strong demand in the job market which translates into more choices and better job security for candidates. The right computer programming skills can open doors to positions at a wide range of companies, offer candidates the flexibility to work from anywhere and provide challenging and rewarding employment.
I’ve taken some of the top-paying jobs from Glassdoor.com’s list and paired them with online courses to give you an intro into the field. Enroll in any of these open courses and explore exciting and lucrative career directions.
Physician – #1
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Lawyer – #2
Research and Development Manager – #3
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Software Development Manager – #4 / Software Architect – #7 / IT Manager – #9
Data Scientist – #16
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Analytics Manager – #24
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