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The 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016

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Unless you've already found your dream job (good for you!) at a highly rated company, there's a good chance you're among the throngs of people searching for a new job this year. In fact, now is perhaps the perfect time to scan job listing and networking sites, seeing as 45% of people said they are planning to score a new gig in 2016, according to a recent survey by Glassdoor. And to help, or just make you feel awful about your career and education choices so far, the popular jobs and recruiting site has released a list of the 25 best jobs in America in 2016.

As you may have already guessed, the nation's best jobs are in areas like finance, technology, and medicine, with the No. 1 best job this year as a Data Scientist, which scored high in all three measurements Glassdoor uses to determine the ranking -- the number of job openings (1,736), the job's median base salary ($116,840), and the job's potential for career opportunities (4.1) -- and received a final score of 4.7. The Data Scientist job was followed by Tax Manager (which also scored 4.7), Solutions Architect (4.6), Engagement Manager (4.6), and Mobile Developer (4.6). 

Basically, it's as good a time as any to stop dreaming about ditching your dead-end job and take the time to dust off your ol' LinkedIn profile, networking skills, and resume, if you're not already doing so in a private browsing window while your boss isn't looking. Glassdoor's got the list, job listings, and more on its site, but you can check out the full list below:

25. Software Architect

Job Openings: 653
Median Base Salary: $130,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score: 4.2

24. Electrical Engineer

Job Openings: 2,516
Median Base Salary: $76,900
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score: 4.2

23. Nurse Practitioner

Job Openings: 5,624
Median Base Salary: $99,500
Career Opportunity: 3.1
Job Score: 4.2

22. Construction Superintendent

Job Openings: 1,054
Median Base Salary: $78,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score: 4.2

21. Consultant

Job Openings: 1,071
Median Base Salary: $84,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score: 4.2

20. Technical Account Manager

Job Openings: 1,160
Median Base Salary: $69,548
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score: 4.2

19. Strategy Manager

Job Openings: 631
Median Base Salary: $130,000
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score: 4.3

18. UX Designer

Job Openings: 863
Median Base Salary: $91,800
Career Opportunity: 3.6
Job Score: 4.3

17. Business Development Manager

Job Openings: 2,906
Median Base Salary: $80,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score: 4.3

16. Finance Manager

Job Openings:1,632
Median Base Salary: $115,000
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score: 4.3

15. QA Manager

Job Openings: 3,749
Median Base Salary: $85,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score: 4.4

14. Marketing Manager

Job Openings: 2,560
Median Base Salary: $90,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score: 4.4

13. Product Marketing Manager

Job Openings: 1,111
Median Base Salary: $115,000
Career Opportunity: 3.5
Job Score: 4.4

12. Software Development Manager

Job Openings: 1,199
Median Base Salary: $135,000
Career Opportunity: 3.4
Job Score: 4.4

11. Analytics Manager

Job Openings: 982
Median Base Salary: $105,000
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score: 4.5

10. Audit Manager

Job Openings: 1,001
Median Base Salary: $95,000
Career Opportunity: 3.9
Job Score: 4.5

9. Software Engineer

Job Openings: 49,270
Median Base Salary: $95,000
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score: 4.5

8. Product Manager

Job Openings: 6,607
Median Base Salary: $106,680
Career Opportunity: 3.3
Job Score: 4.5

7. Physician Assistant

Job Openings: 3,364
Median Base Salary: $97,000
Career Opportunity: 3.5
Job Score: 4.6

6. HR Manager

Job Openings: 3,468
Median Base Salary: $85,000
Career Opportunity: 3.7
Job Score: 4.6

5. Mobile Developer

Job Openings: 2,251
Median Base Salary: $90,000
Career Opportunity: 3.8
Job Score: 4.6

4. Engagement Manager

Job Openings: 1,356
Median Base Salary: $125,000
Career Opportunity: 3.8
Job Score: 4.6

3. Solutions Architect

Job Openings: 2,906
Median Base Salary: $119,500
Career Opportunity: 3.5
Job Score: 4.6

2. Tax Manager

Job Openings: 1,574
Median Base Salary: $108,000
Career Opportunity: 3.9
Job Score: 4.7

1. Data Scientist

Job Openings: 1,736
Median Base Salary: $116,840
Career Opportunity: 4.1
Job Score: 4.7

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and did not see journalist on the list. Hmm. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.