When you're plugging away in college, figuring out a career path to forge, it helps if you can discover something you're super passionate about. It's another thing altogether to raise your finger to the wind and figure out what sort of expertise is most likely to land you a great, well-paying job to help pay off whatever mountain of debt your education will inevitably leave you with. Fortunately, now there's an easy way to figure out exactly which gigs are the ones to shoot for right now, thanks to a new study that identifies the 50 best overall jobs in the US for 2019.
Spoiler: set your sights on tech.
This illuminating new look at the best gigs of 2019 comes courtesy of job review site Glassdoor, which unleashes a list like this every year for people on the hunt for a new opportunity. To figure out what made the cut, the team culled through its extensive job review and listings data to identify each position's "job score," which is determined by three distinct equally weighed factors: earning potential based on median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating, and number of job openings. Then, they found the ones with the highest overall job scores, and ranked them accordingly.
The top job in America this year is data scientist, which has a median base salary of $108,000, followed by nursing manager ($83,000), and then marketing manager ($82,000). The full list includes quite a diversity of fields, but here's what the top 50 ranking -- complete with median base salaries -- looks like.