12 of LinkedIn’s 20 Most Promising 2017 Jobs Are In Tech

  • LinkedIn found that the most promising tech job in 2017 is Site Reliability Engineer, paying a median base salary of $140,000.
  • Data Architect and Data Engineer are two of the five most promising tech jobs in 2017.
  • Sales Engineer job openings are predicted to grow 159% year-over-year.
  • Engineers are the 2nd difficult job to fill in the world according to LinkedIn.

These and other insights are from Dan Shapero’s post earlier this week, LinkedIn Data Reveals the Most Promising Jobs of 2017.  Dan Shapero is LinkedIn’s Vice President Talent Solutions and Careers and is responsible for managing and growing LinkedIn’s $2B+ talent solutions business. He is also responsible for bringing job seekers and employers together using the LinkedIn platform, apps, and services.  The teams he manages helps millions of people to find new jobs each year.

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The methodology used for creating LinkedIn’s inaugural list of the Most Promising Jobs of 2017 takes into account jobs with high median salaries, strong job openings and year-over-year growth, and the jobs most likely to lead to a promotion or advancement within an organization. LinkedIn also analyzed member profiles in aggregate to determine the top skills associated with each job. For additional details on the methodology, please see the end of the LinkedIn blog post.  Dan Shapero also cites a fascinating study LinkedIn completed on the top reasons people change jobs.  You can find a copy of the research here, Why & How People Change Jobs (PDF, no opt-in, 33 pp.). Key takeaways from the study and his post on the most promising jobs of 2017 are provided here:

  • The 12 tech positions included as part of LinkedIn’s most promising jobs of 2017 have a median salary of $98,533 with Site Reliability Engineers earning the most ($140K). The following graphic compares the median base salaries of the tech positions included in LinkedIn’s analysis.  Analytics-related positions have a median salary of $122,000, significantly above the median income for all tech positions taken in aggregate.


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  • Sales Engineer, Scrum Master,  and Site Reliability Engineer are the three tech positions which are predicted to have the greatest year-over-year growth. The following graphic compares the year-over-year job growth rates of the 12 tech positions that are part of LinkedIn’s most promising jobs list.


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  • The five most promising tech jobs of 2017 show how important analytics have become. Three of the top five technical jobs are analytics-based. These include Data Architects, Analytics Managers and Data Engineers. Data Architects have a median salary of $122,000, followed by Analytics Managers with a median pay of $109,000 and Data Engineers with a median pay of $105,000. Of these three positions, Data Engineers are expected to be in the greatest demand with 85% year-over-year growth in job growth predicted.
  • The three top reasons people changes jobs include pursuing a stronger career path, make more money or access more opportunities within their organization. In tech and software, the chance to do challenging work, attain a better cultural fit, and gain greater flexibility of work arrangements are the three highest priorities technical professionals value when seeking a new job.
  • The tech, healthcare, oil & energy industries grow in talent as others lose out. LinkedIn’s study and the recent analysis of the most promising jobs both support this finding, with technology and software companies seeing the greatest influx of new employees from other industries.

Full List Of The Top 20 Most Promising Jobs Of 2017

  1. Hospitalist
    Median Base Salary: 
    $222,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 1,000+ (87%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
    Top Skills: Healthcare Management, Inpatient Care, Electronic Medical Record, Patient Safety, Internal Medicine
  2. Pharmacist
    Median Base Salary:
    $123,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,300+ (45%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 5.0
    Top Skills: Medication Therapy Management,Community Pharmacy,Patient Counseling,Pharmacy Automation,Immunization
  3. Sales Engineer
    Median Base Salary: 
    $80,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,000+ (159%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
    Top Skills: Solution Selling, Sales Management, Project Engineering, Automation, Sales Engineering
  4. Site Reliability Engineer
    Median Base Salary: 
    $140,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 300+ (93%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Linux, Python, Bash, Apache, Shell Scripting
  5. Product Manager
    Median Base Salary:
    $97,500
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,000+ (11%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Product Development, Competitive Analysis, Product Launch, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Marketing Strategy
  6. Financial Analyst
    Median Base Salary:
    $64,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 2,500+ (27%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Accounting, Microsoft Excel, Financial Modeling, Variance Analysis,Forecasting
  7. Technical Program Manager
    Median Base Salary:
    $129,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 500+ (49%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Agile Methodologies, Software Project Management, Software Development Life Cycle, Scrum, Cloud Computing
  8. Program Manager
    Median Base Salary
    $97,400
    Job Openings (YoY Growth):2,300+ (17%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 7.0
    Top Skills: Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, Project Delivery, Vendor Management, Business Process Improvement
  9. Data Engineer
    Median Base Salary: 
    $105,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 900+ (85%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Hadoop, Python, SQL, Big Data,Hive
  10. Scrum Master
    Median Base Salary:
    $100,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 400+ (104%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Agile Methodologies, Software Project Management, Scrum, Requirements Analysis, SQL
  11. Software Engineer
    Median Base Salary:
    $94,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 10,000+ (13%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
    Top Skills: Java, C++, SQL, Linux, XML
  12. Clinical Nurse
    Median Base Salary:
    $75,700
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,300+ (77%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
    Top Skills: Patient Safety, Hospitals, Critical Care, Inpatient Care, Acute Care
  13. Physician Assistant
    Median Base Salary:
    $104,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 2,800+ (37%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 4.0
    Top Skills: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Electronic Medical Record, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine
  14. Business Analyst
    Median Base Salary:
    $70,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 3,000+ (20%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Requirements Analysis, Business Requirements, Software Development Life Cycle, User Acceptance Testing,Visio
  15. Tax Manager
    Median Base Salary:
    $103,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 1,000+ (52%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
    Top Skills: Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Tax Accounting, International Tax, Tax Advisory
  16. Data Architect
    Median Base Salary:
    $122,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 500+ (26%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
    Top Skills: Data warehousing, Data modeling, ETL (Extract, Transform, Load),Business Intelligence,Databases
  17. Anesthetist
    Median Base Salary: 
    $156,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 400+ (148%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 4.0
    Top Skills: Critical Care, Anesthesia, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Intensive Care, Hospitals
  18. AnalyticsManager
    Median Base Salary:
     $109,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 400+ (49%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 8.0
    Top Skills: Data Analysis, SAS, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics
  19. Customer Success Manager
    Median Base Salary: 
    $72,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 350+ (85%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 10.0
    Top Skills: Account Management, CRM, Salesforce.com, SaaS, Enterprise Software
  20. Medical Director
    Median Base Salary:
    $230,000
    Job Openings (YoY Growth): 1000+ (3%)
    Career Advancement Score (out of 10): 6.0
    Top Skills: Medicine, Clinical Research, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Information Technology, Electronic Medical Record

 

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I am currently serving as Director, Global Cloud Product Management at Ingram Cloud. Previous positions include product marketing at iBASEt, Plex Systems, senior analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), marketing and business development at Cincom Systems, Ingram Micro, a SaaS start-up and at hardware companies. I am also a member of the Enterprise Irregulars. My background includes marketing, product management, sales and industry analyst roles in the enterprise software and IT industries.
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