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Having trouble determining which career is right for you? 

That’s normal.

Choosing a career is difficult, and choosing a new one can be even harder. For many, the hard part is finding a field that actually piques their interest. For others, the real challenge is deciding between multiple careers that are equally as appealing.

When making any career decision, it’s important to have an up-to-date knowledge of the most in-demand jobs and skills. You need to know exactly what it is that companies are looking for in the current job environment.

In today’s innovation-driven economy, the job market is constantly changing. Although traditional jobs are still popular, new technological advancements are now forcing companies to create more modern roles. Data science and software engineering, for example, are much bigger now than they’ve ever been in the past.

If you’re looking to embark on a new career path or want to make sure you stay ahead of the competition, learning the in-demand skills of the 21st century is vital. Fortunately, Glassdoor has done the work for you and identified the 25 best jobs in America to help get you started. By taking a close look at three key factors – number of job openings, salary and career opportunities– this list will not only help you find the right career for you, but also give you insight into the skills needed to find a stable and successful career in today’s economy. 

Below is a look at five of the best jobs of 2016, paired with edX courses to help you get started on your career path:

1. Data Scientist.

Data is everywhere, and companies are collecting a great deal of it. They need data scientists to analyze that data, but there aren’t enough of them to go around. 

That means high paying jobs. A lot of them.

Due to their soaring demand, data scientists have a median salary just shy of $117,000 per year. With plenty of high paying jobs that offer a great deal of growth opportunities, data science is undoubtedly the field to be in right now.

Take a deep dive into the world of data science with one of two advanced programs on edX. The Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science is a 4-part series designed to launch or advance a career in the field. Learn the fundamental tools, programming languages and applications of data science. Also consider the Artificial Intelligence MicroMasters from Columbia, a graduate-level program that covers machine learning, robotics and more.

Additional courses to consider:

DataScienceAndAnalyticsInContext   DataScienceEssentials

2. Mobile Developer

Mobile app development is bigger than ever. In order to meet the changing needs of their customers, more and more companies are looking to grow their presence in the mobile market.

In order to do that, though, they need mobile developers to actually engineer them an application. Being in such high demand, there’s no shortage of job opportunities.

Median salary? $90,000 per year.

Get started with the Professional Android Developer MicroMasters program from Galileo University. This 5-course, graduate level program teaches the fundamentals and professional practices and will prepare you for the Google Associate Android Developer Certification Exam.

More courses to consider:

FromJavaToAndroidForBeginners   IntroductionToComputerScience

3. Software Engineer

These are the people behind the design and development of the technology that allows our computers to run applications. Software engineers have been consistently sought after for a number of years, and that wont change anytime soon.

With over 49,000 openings, it would be an understatement to say that there’s an abundance of job opportunities.

The best part? With so many positions open, the median base salary for a software developer is $95,000.

FundamentalsOfComputerScience   SoftwareConstructionInJava

4. Product Marketing Manager

Interested in marketing tactics and go-to-market strategy? Product positioning and messaging? Creating content?

These are a few of the many concepts you’ll encounter in the world of product marketing.

In terms of salary, managers make a median average of $115,000 per year.

IntroToMarketing   Links to Introduction To Marketing Essentials course

5. Finance Manager

Excited by the idea of recommending, developing and instituting policies to help guide an organization’s financial decisions? Interested in budgeting, forecasting and reporting?

That’s the life of a finance manager.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re healthily compensated, earning a median salary of $115,000.

Learn about corporate finance, accounting, operations and much more with the Business Management MicroMasters, a 6-course, graduate-level program that covers all of the core management disciplines.

Additional courses to consider:

Links to Introduction to Corporate Finance course  Links to Finance for Everyone course

The above is just a snapshot of some of the top careers of 2016. Stay tuned, as we will continue to dive deeper into each of these careers over the coming weeks on the edX blog!

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