The 10 Most Popular Jobs That Pay Over $100K

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Life can get expensive quickly. Student loans certainly don't pay themselves, and reconciling the desire to go on vacation while maintaining a healthy savings account is a constant struggle. It would be nice to have a job where you didn't have to choose.
If you're looking for a way to make the most (money) during your 9-5, look no further: Glassdoor just released a new survey revealed the most popular, six figure jobs so far this year. There's a lot of competition for these jobs for good reason. In a 2017 survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report, more than 1,000 millennial respondents rated salary as the job factor that mattered the most. Future job prospects and upward mobility were among the other factors they valued most in a potential position.
Your job might not pay $100,000+ now, but if that is a goal, it's good to know that your chosen field could take you there. The competition for these jobs may be fierce, but don't let that put you off. Knowing where you want to go is half the journey. Not only do these jobs pay well above the national average, most are growing at rates that are also well above average are are predicted to keep growing over the next 10 years.
So, whether you are plotting a career change, deciding your dream job, or simply just curious to see what these elusive "well-paying" jobs actually are, read on.
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1. Data Scientist

Average salary: $110,000

If you look at numbers and see a story, this might be the job for you. Data scientists utilize statistics and machine learning to collect and interpret data. It's at the top of Glassdoor's list for six-figure jobs with the most competition.
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2. IT Manager

Average salary: $116,000

Planning, coordinating, and directing computer and information systems is all in a day's work for an IT manager. They help strategize and meet the informational technology goals of their companies or clients.
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3. Pharmacist

Average salary: $120,270

There are a few different types of pharmacists. Depending on whether you go the community, clinical, or consultant route, your job would range from filling prescriptions to administering flu shots to advising people on how to live a healthier lifestyle with their medications.

Bonus: If the high salary and high demand for pharmacists isn’t enough, a Harvard study from 2015 found that pharmacies are “the most egalitarian of all U.S. professions today” due to their flexible hours allowing for shifts that better suit employees lifestyles. They’re currently the leading industry in closing the gender pay gap.
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4. Software Engineer

Average salary: $103,000

While being a software engineer might sound like all coding, it is actually a highly creative job. Behind every app or computer program you use is a creative software engineer, likely a whole team.
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5. Financial Manager

Average salary: $120,000

From assessing investments to advising clients about their retirement savings plan to reviewing taxes, financial advisors are the go-to person for businesses and individuals to make sure their finances are in order.
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6. Product Manager

Average salary: $114,000

Before engineers get down to creating a product, there's first someone whose job it is to determine why, what, and when they create it. As a product manager, you see your product from planning to final roll out.
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7. Strategy Manager

Average salary: $135,000

As a strategy manager, it is your job to see the big picture for a company, where it wants to go, and figure out the best way to get there.
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8. Data Engineer

Average salary: $100,000

Data is only as good as an analysts ability to read it. That's where data engineers come in. They build systems and transform data into a format that analysts can use.
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9. Technical Program Manager

Average salary: $130,000

A professional problem solver, technical program managers oversee a project and make sure it can navigate through technical issues along the way.
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10. Engagement Manager

Average salary: $120,000

As an engagement manager, it is your job to make sure the project they're a part of goes as smoothly as possible. They manage client expectations while at the same time overseeing things like budgets, personnel, and company procedures.

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