10 Jobs That Pay Over $100K With The Least Competition

Photographed by Megan Madden.
It's officially summer, which means that throngs of recent college grads will spend the next few months hunting for their first post-scholastic job. As they consider the best places to make use of their skills and pay their bills, they might want to look toward a career that not only pays well — but for which there's less competition.
Glassdoor's recent list of 20 jobs that pay over $100,000 with the least competition was compiled by analyzing jobs with a six-figure median salary that also had a roughly one-to-one ratio of job seeker to job opening. So the odds are good, but applicants will still have to come armed with the right skill set and education requirements.
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Ahead, we assembled the highest-paying jobs on the list, which are centered in a few key industries. (And keep in mind that entry level positions in these fields will pay less than then median.) You'll notice a few trends in particular, but you shouldn't be deterred if they don't immediately pique your interest.
"There are hundreds of thousands of people graduating from college who don't know what to do, or people who are looking for a career transition, and the key message here is that high-paying jobs are still very much tied to industries in which demand for talent outpaces supply," says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor's community expert. "A lot of general advice people used to get was: 'Follow your passion.' The advice we give now is: Follow your passion — but combine it with real-world research into companies and job trends to determine what is the right job, career, and company for you."
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $365,000

Number Of Open Jobs: 45,691

Glassdoor Says: Industry experts agree that radiology is one of the fields with the most opportunity for physicians because of two main factors: an aging Baby Boomer population with increasing radiology needs, and senior radiologists retiring without enough younger radiologists to take over.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $200,000

Number Of Open Jobs: 259,128

Glassdoor Says: According to Merritt Hawkins' 2017 review of the U.S. healthcare workforce, the family physicians continue to be the most highly recruited doctor, followed by psychiatrists (amid a nationwide shortage of behavioral specialists). Numerous experts predict that demand for primary care physicians will rise at a steady pace as the U.S. population expands and grows older.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $210,000

Number Of Open Jobs: 36, 557

Glassdoor Says: Hospitalists are physicians whose primary focus is the general care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient medicine, teaching, research, and leadership related to hospital medicine.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $200,000

Number Of Open Jobs: 217,216

Glassdoor Says: A Medical Manager is responsible for developing a local medical plan, providing medical expertise in the creation and implementation of the plan as well as inputs to development of key message development, publication planning, and becomes the reference for all scientific and medical aspects of the products.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $200,000

Number of Open Jobs: 44,453

Glassdoor Says: According to U.S. News & World Report, the population of psychiatrists has dwindled in recent years despite an increase in demand thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The paper also cited a 2012 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges, which noted that 59% of psychiatrists are 55 or older are entering the zone of retirement age.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $160,000

Number Of Open Jobs: 43.411

Glassdoor Says: Hospitals and clinics around the country need these kid specialists to handle everything from annual check-ups to booster shots and more.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $132,500

Number Of Open Jobs: 107,818

Glassdoor Says: Investment Bankers are vital to the financial services industry, as they build financial models to sell, buy, and IPO companies, as well as make other business decisions. They also craft and create the analytical sales documents (pitch decks) that help banks secure new clients and deals.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $131,000

Number Of Open Jobs: 69,484

Glassdoor Says: The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for pharmacy research and knowledgeable pharmacists will grow by 3% between now and 2024. These managers are not only expected to be knowledgable pharmacists, but they are also responsible for the financial performance of a pharmacy and are expected to act as as pharmacist-in-charge. With pharmacies like CVS and Safeway adding additional healthcare services across the country, these roles will abound nationwide.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $129,500

Number Of Open Jobs: 183,254

Glassdoor Says: Technical Program Managers, or TPMs, manage the development and implementation process of a company's products that involving interdepartmental or cross-functional teams. Excellent multitasking, communication, and organizational skills are a must.
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Illustration by Abbie Winters.
Median Base Salary: $128,000

Number Of Open Jobs: 38,945

Glassdoor Says: In the fight against cyber hacking, security architects oversee and drive the overarching vision and implementation of a company's technology and information systems.
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