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Let's Take a 20/20 Look at the Top Jobs in 2020
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Onward to a new decade and a plethora of new opportunities in the realm of computing. So is our field expanding or contracting? Well don't worry on bit! There is a huge expansion for our field in this decade. According to Glassdoor's 2020 Jobs Forecast for North America, the top 50 jobs are dominated by tech in 2020, with seven of the top 10 spots and nearly half of the complete list going to tech roles.  And the top ten jobs:

1. Front end engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 13,122

Median base salary: $105,240

The popular position didn’t appear in last year’s rankings because there weren’t enough employee ratings.

2. Java developer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 16,136

Median base salary: $83,589

Developers who write code for Java are in growing demand because the software lets programs run on different types of computers. Moves up from No. 22 last year.

3. Data scientist

Job satisfaction rating: 4.0

Number of job openings: 6,542

Median base salary: $107,801

A data scientist, who analyzes vast amounts of data to spot trends, has been touted as the hottest job in the country in recent years. But the website towarddatascience.com says some professionals have become disillusioned and left the field, in part because some companies don’t have the technology in place to get the most out of artificial intelligence.

4. Product manager

Job satisfaction rating: 3.8

Number of job openings: 12,173

Median base salary: $117,713

While there are product managers in a wide variety of fields, Stoddard says those advertised on Glassdoor’s site generally oversee technology products. Moves up from No. 5.

5. Devops engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 6,603

Median base salary: $107,310

Devops engineers oversee the release of new computer code. Moves up from No. 6.

6. Data engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 6,941

Median base salary: $102,472

Data engineers build infrastructure that data scientists use for their analysis. Moves up from No. 8.

7. Software engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.6

Number of job openings: 50,438 (most in the top 50)

Median base salary: $105,563

Software engineers design the software to meet a company’s needs. Programmers write the code. Moves up from No. 10

8. Speech language pathologist

Job satisfaction rating: 3.8

Number of job openings: 29,167

Median base salary: $71,867

The top-ranked healthcare job moves up from No. 19.

9. Strategy manager

Job satisfaction rating: 4.3

Number of job openings: 3,515

Median base salary: $133,067 (highest salary in the top 50)

A strategy manager assesses how best to achieve the company’s goals and works with different departments to do so. Moves up from No. 16.

10. Business development manager

Job satisfaction rating: 4.0

Number of job openings: 6,560

Median base salary: $78,480

A business development manager identifies new opportunities and attracts new customers. Moves up from No. 29.

So what does all this mean---> our doors should be bursting with students, but for most of us, this information is not being shared throughout our student pipeline. So start marketing our computing world with every counselor, K12 organization, parent, and especially every college freshman. Thoughts?
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Scholar

Wonderful news for our students!  Revamped our Intro to Programming classes a few years ago so students hit the ground running with Java!!