The 15 best tech jobs boast top salaries, high satisfaction, lots of openings

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Do you hear sleigh bells? Christmas is barreling in like a runaway reindeer, and it’s a great time to slow down, sip some hot chocolate, and reflect on your life. Are you where you want to be? If your career is in tech, you don’t have to compromise. The weather outside is frightful, but the jobs are so delightful. 

The tech job market is showing no signs of slowing down, and thousands of companies are looking for talented techies right now. Here are some of the best offers across the nation.

The 15 hottest tech jobs right now

1) Data scientist

  • Median annual salary: $108,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.3/5
  • Number of job openings: 28,078

What data scientists do: While data science is a diverse field with a wide range of responsibilities depending on the company, all data scientists evaluate data to provide creative insight. Duties typically include creating machine-based learning tools for use by the tech company, such as recommendation engines or expanded artificial intelligence (A.I.) functions. Data scientists also typically collect, clean, and organize data, and perform statistical and predictive analysis.

Skills and experience:

  • Strong understanding of statistical theory and applications. Strong knowledge and hands-on experience with machine learning and/or big data techniques (Spark, Pig, Hive)
  • Exceptional coding skills and experience with at least one high-level programming language (Python, Java or equivalent)
  • Proven record of 3-plus years of experience conducting data science projects.
  • Experience performing investigations on large-scale data sets

Companies hiring data scientists now:

  • Johnson & Johnson, Raritan, New Jersey – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Comprehensive health insurance
    • Maternity and paternity leave
  • 23andMe, South San Francisco – See the job
    • Free Caltrain Go Pass
    • Dog-friendly offices
    • 16 weeks paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child, including LGBT employees
  • DocuSign, San Francisco – See the job
    • 100% of employee’s medical, dental, and vision premiums and over 50% of dependent medical, dental, and vision premiums
    • Flexible spending account, health reimbursement arrangement
    • 6 months paid parental leave

2) Software engineer

  • Median annual salary: $104,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings: 140,239

What software engineers do: Software engineers use knowledge of engineering principles and programming languages to design, develop, and install software and systems. This role can start as an entry-level position, with the opportunity to be promoted to senior software engineer roles. 

Skills and experience:

  • Proficiency in multiple programming languages such as Java, MySQL/Oracle/DB, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Expertise with SQL, relational data modeling, and basic database schema design
  • Experience working across complex enterprise systems to enhance current processes and procedures, while ensuring the validity of enterprise data
  • Ability to solve architectural and system issues involving scalability and relational databases

Companies hiring software engineers now:

  • HP Inc. – Fort Collins, Colorado – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with 4% matching
    • Performance-based annual bonus and annual equity awards
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Compass, Seattle – See the job
    • Free lunches or snacks
    • Accrued vacation time and paid time off
    • Employer paid health care — deductible, no premiums
  • Nvidia, Santa Clara, California – See the job
    • Health care coverage, life and disability insurance
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Maternity and paternity leave

3) DevOps engineer

  • Median annual salary: $106,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.1/5
  • Number of job openings: 35,152

What devops engineers do: DevOps engineers automate and streamline existing systems and processes, as well as build and maintain tools for deployment, operations, and monitoring systems. They also diagnose and resolve issues in development, testing, and production environments.

Skills and experience:

  • Scripting skills in languages such as Bash, Ant, Python, Gradle, Maven, and Ruby
  • Experience with object-oriented design, data structures, and multithreaded algorithms
  • Experience with cloud-based infrastructure environments
  • Experience collaborating across multiple functional/technical teams to deliver a project

Companies hiring devops engineers now:

  • Slalom, Chicago – See the job
    • 50% 401(k) matching up to 6% of salary
    • Health care, including transgender medical benefits
    • Maternity and paternity leaves
  • Salesforce, San Francisco – See the job
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) matching
  • Apple, Santa Clara, California – See the job
    • Health insurance and wellness programs
    • Time-away programs
    • Stock grants and discount buy-ins
security engineer worker his job

4) Security engineer

  • Median annual salary: $102,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 63,349

What security engineers do: Security Engineers protect computer networks and systems. They devise and carry out strategies to monitor and protect sensitive data and systems from infiltration and cyberattacks.

Skills and experience:

  • Expertise in disaster recovery, computer forensic tools, technologies, and methods
  • Expertise in coding languages, and the ability to understand mobile and malicious code
  • Experience with antivirus software, intrusion detection, firewalls, and content filtering
  • Understanding of risk-assessment tools, technologies, and methods
  • Bonus if candidate has a computer science or information technology degree

Companies hiring security engineers now:

  • HP Inc. – Spring, Texas – See the job
    • 401(k) plan with 4% matching
    • Performance-based annual bonus and annual equity awards
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Facebook, Menlo Park, California – See the job
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • Three months of maternity and paternity leave
    • Generous vacation time, unlimited sick days, 21 days paid time off
  • Equity Residential, Chicago – See the job
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Housing discount on company-managed properties

5) Data analyst

  • Median annual salary: $60,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 8,566

What data analysts do: Data analyst duties include developing frameworks for data, analytics, and strategy development, as well as implementing data-analysis tools and providing user training. Other duties include collecting and analyzing data sets from diverse sources to inform business decisions and make accurate predictions. Tracking and monitoring internal and external data are other duties.

Skills and experience:

  • Ability to analyze large data sets and filter relevant data sets
  • Attention to detail, an analytical mind, and problem-solving ability
  • Experience in data modeling and reporting software
  • Ability to write actionable reports in clear language

Companies hiring data analysts now:

  • Boston Scientific, Marlborough, Massachusetts – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching up to 6%, global stock options, flexible spending account
    • Educational assistance
    • Paid maternity and paternity leave for new parents, including adoption
  • Intuitive Surgical, Raleigh, North Carolina – See the job
    • Generous vacation and holiday schedule, paid new parent leave, vacation cash out
    • Up to 50% reimbursement for classes and degree programs 
    • Wellness initiatives, community volunteerism and giving
  • Navy Federal Credit Union, Merrifield, Virginia – See the job
    • 401(k) with 7% matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Low-cost health insurance

6) Solutions architect

  • Median annual salary: $127,900
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6
  • Number of job openings: 65,534

What solutions architects do: Solution architects manage complex processes to solve business problems using technology. Duties include defining features, phases, and solution requirements to address issues and weaknesses and determining the best tech solution to solve problems while also explaining the solution to project stakeholders to achieve buy-in.

Skills and experience:

  • IT infrastructure and cloud development
  • Engineering and software architectural design
  • Working experience in various areas of IT
  • Project and product management

Companies hiring solutions architects now:

  • Adobe, New York City – See the job
    • Generous time off plus enhanced leave
    • Adobe stock at 15% below fair market value by enrolling in employee stock purchase plan
    • Educational reimbursement of $10,000 per year
  • Cisco Systems, Bellevue, Washington – See the job
    • Multiple health insurance plans and on-site medical
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Kaiser Permanente, Silver Springs, Maryland – See the job
    • 100% employer-paid health insurance and wellness programs
    • 403(b)with 6% matching plus pension
    • Vacation and paid time off

7) Systems engineer

  • Median annual salary: $90,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 89,324

What systems engineers do: System engineers combine knowledge of engineering and coding to implement computer systems for businesses and organizations. Most job descriptions require system design and analysis, as well as communication, mathematical, and business skills. They implement new systems, evaluate performance, and correct software errors in existing systems. Responsibilities may include preparing progress and specifications reports, maintaining inventory, and overseeing payroll.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of network hardware and operating systems
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience with planning design, technical review, and implementation of new network infrastructure
  • Experience with troubleshooting and fixing networks and systems
  • Bonus if they have a computer science- or computer-related degree

Companies hiring systems engineers now:

  • iCIMS – Holmdel, New Jersey – See the job
    • Vacation plus 15 paid time off days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, with 1 day added each year
    • 401(k) with 3% matching
    • Free drinks and lunch once a week 
  • Nvidia, Santa Clara, California – See the job
    • Health care coverage, life and disability insurance
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Illumina, San Diego, California – See the job
    • Health and wellness benefits including financial assistance for employee genome sequencing (and data interpretation), and reproductive health screening
    • 401K Plan with 3% matching
    • Vacation and flexible paid time off

8) Software developer

  • Median annual salary: $80,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.5/5
  • Number of job openings: 98,096

What software developers do: Software developer responsibilities include designing, testing, implementing, and managing software programs. They are also charged with modifying existing programs to meet company needs, developing quality-assurance testing methods, training users, and evaluating the software for its efficiency and usability. They may also implement programs, integrate systems, train users, and monitor systems.

Skills and experience:

  • Coding in languages such as Java, Python, C#/.Net,  Mean, and Ruby
  • Problem-solving and analytical thinking
  • Experience in software testing and debugging
  • Expertise in object-oriented design

Companies hiring software developers now:

  • Paycom, Oklahoma City – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Employee stock purchase opportunities
  • BOK Financial – Tulsa, Oklahoma – See the job
    • Vacation and accrued time off
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Low-cost health insurance
  • Microsoft, Redmond, Washington – See the job
    • Employee discount
    • 401(k) matched up to a maximum of $9,000
    • Company-paid health insurance
ux designer working at their job

9) UX designer

  • Median annual salary: $89,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 7,213

What UX designers do: UX designers are responsible for the look and feel of websites. Using product specifications, user psychology, and research data, they work with web developers to create website concepts and conduct usability tests to evaluate design success. They find creative ways to address usability and findability issues, and use the knowledge gained to develop wireframes and prototypes to meet customer needs.

Skills and experience:

  • Proficiency in design software such as UXPin and Balsamiq
  • HTML/CSS and JavaScript skills
  • Project-management and research experience
  • Experience as a UX or UI designer, or similar role

Companies hiring UX designers now:

  • Slalom, Washington, Minnesota – See the job
    • 50% 401(k) matching up to 6% of salary
    • Health care, including transgender medical benefits
    • Maternity and paternity leaves
  • VMware, Inc., Palo Alto, California – See the job
    • Equity and bonuses
    • Vacation, holidays, sick time, and 5 days of paid time off each year
    • Location-specific perks such as: employee discounts, transportation reimbursements, subsidized cafes and fitness facilities
  • Heap, San Francisco – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Free lunch and dinner
    • Onsite gym, gym/health reimbursement

10) Systems administrator

  • Median annual salary: $68,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.6/5
  • Number of job openings: 44,050

What systems administrators do: System administrators are responsible for providing technical support for both hardware and software issues. They manage the configuration and operation of client-based computer operating systems, monitor systems, and respond to security issues. Job duties also include maintaining secure data backups, and monitoring and upgrading systems, processes, and security measures. They will also be expected to install and test new system hardware.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of system vulnerabilities and security issues
  • Understanding of industry goals and practices
  • System administration experience
  • Experience with VMware

Companies hiring systems administrators now:

  • Zoom, Denver – See the job
    • Unlimited vacation time
    • Work from home
    • Free food, gym, and wellness reimbursement
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City – See the job
    • Health, life, disability, death and dismemberment insurance
    • Educational assistance programs
    • Vacation and paid time off
  • Paycom, Oklahoma City – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Employee stock purchase opportunities
Application Engineer working their job

11) Applications engineer

  • Median annual salary: $77,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4/5
  • Number of job openings: 121,059

What applications engineers do: Application Engineers gather customer input and sales information and use it to design or redesign, develop, test, and implement complex software programs and applications based on user needs. Job duties include designing, developing, implementing, and testing new applications, upgrading existing software, and providing technical support.

Skills and experience:

  • Software and coding skills specific to the job
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Experience in engineering or development
  • Ability to collaborate across interdisciplinary teams

Companies hiring applications engineers now:

  • Texas Instruments, Dallas – See the job
    • 401(k) with 4% matching, profit sharing, and employee stock purchase plan
    • 10 vacation days per year 
    • Comprehensive health care
  • Sage Intacct, San Jose, California – See the job
    • Company-paid health insurance, wellness plans, and pet insurance
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Free lunch
  • Facebook, Menlo Park, California – See the job
    • Free lunch and snacks
    • Three months of maternity and paternity leave
    • Generous vacation time, unlimited sick days, 21 days paid time off

12) Data engineer

  • Median annual salary: $100,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.9/5
  • Number of job openings: 91,548

What data engineers do: Data engineers build systems to handle big data. They design, develop, build, test, and maintain architectures, including databases and large-scale data-processing systems. They are responsible for finding ways to acquire and filter data, and developing high-performance algorithms for data use, such as predictive modeling and proof of concepts. Responsibilities also include creating and implementing a disaster-recovery plan.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of Hadoop-based technologies, SQL-based technologies, NoSQL technologies, data-modeling tools, and various coding languages including Python, C/C++ or Java, Perl
  • Statistical analysis and modeling
  • Predictive modeling, neuro-linguistic programming , machine learning, and text analysis experience
  • Experience with data-warehousing solutions

Companies hiring data engineers now:

  • Southwest Airlines, Dallas – See the job
    • 401(k) with 100% matching up to 9.3 % of eligible pay
    • Travel privileges for employees and eligible dependents
    • Annual profit sharing 
  • KeepTruckin, San Francisco – See the job
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Healthy, collaborative company culture that values input at any level
    • Wellness perks including monthly yoga classes and healthy lunches
  • Nvidia, Santa Clara, California – See the job
    • Health care coverage, life and disability insurance
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Maternity and paternity leave

13) Product manager

  • Median annual salary: $115,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.8/5
  • Number of job openings: 75,491

What product managers do: Product managers are responsible for developing products from start to finish. They conduct market research to identify potential products, devise product requirements, write specifications, set production timelines and benchmarks, assign responsibilities, and monitor the project from end-to-end. They may also set pricing, as well as develop marketing strategies and rollout schedule.

Skills and experience:

  • Ability to identify new products, as well as develop products and marketing strategies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in software development and web technologies
  • Product-management experience

Companies hiring product managers now:

  • E. & J. Gallo – Modesto, California – See the job
    • Profit-sharing retirement plan with up to 6% base salary contribution, plus 401(k) with matching up to 3%
    • 3 weeks vacation for new employees, plus paid sick time and 11 holidays
    • Interwinery and wine shop discounts
  • WillowTree, Charlottesville, Virginia – See the job
    • 401(k) with matching and employee stock options
    • Free kombucha, nitro-coffee, snacks and lunch
    • Professional development — paid conferences, training, certifications
  • Intuit, San Diego – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Tuition assistance
    • Pet-friendly workplace

14) Java developer

  • Median annual salary: $85,000
  • Job satisfaction: 3.7/5
  • Number of job openings: 71,061

What Java developers do: Java developers create user information system solutions by designing and developing high-volume, low-latency applications. Responsibilities include determining and defining user needs, writing specifications, and developing, testing, and implementing solutions.

Skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of relational databases, SQL and ORM technologies
  • Object-oriented analysis and design skills using common design patterns
  • Product-management experience
  • Java development experience

Companies hiring Java developers now:

  • Greenhouse Software – New York City – See the job
    • Fertility and adoption benefit reimburses 80% of eligible fertility and/or adoption services for employees and their dependents up to $8,000 every two years
    • Work from home and flexible paid time off
    • Paid parental leave
  • John Deere, East Moline, Illinois – See the job
    • 401(k) with 6% matching
    • 10 days vacation to start
    • Flexible work arrangements
  • BOK Financial – Tulsa, Oklahoma – See the job
    • Vacation and accrued time off
    • 401(k) with matching
    • Low-cost health insurance

15) Sales engineer

  • Median annual salary: $90,000
  • Job satisfaction: 4.1/5
  • Number of job openings: 37,007

What sales engineers do: Technical sales engineers provide clients with technical advice and introduce new products. Responsibilities include identifying new markets and clients, conducting sales meetings, negotiating contracts, and providing information, training, and technical support to clients.

Skills and experience:

  • Strong technical knowledge
  • The ability to communicate highly technical information in language easily understood by end users
  • Technical sales experience
  • Willingness to travel

Companies hiring sales engineers now:

  • Paycom, Atlanta – See the job
    • 401(k) matching
    • Vacation and paid time off
    • Employee stock purchase opportunities 
  • SailPoint Technologies, Michigan  – See the job
    • Flexible vacation policy and paid holidays
    • Flexible hours, family-friendly company events and charitable work
    • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans
  • iCIMS – Holmdel, New Jersey – See the job
    • Vacation plus 15 paid time off days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, with 1 day added each year
    • 401(k) with 3% matching
    • Free drinks and lunch once a week

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