Forget the year of the monkey; 2016 may just be the year of the new career.
Nearly half, or 45 percent, of people are planning to look for a new job in 2016, according to a Glassdoor survey. And many job seekers have already gotten started.
But before you log on to LinkedIn, consider which gigs pay the best, have the greatest opportunity for advancement and, most importantly, are hiring.
Surprisingly, some of these jobs may be ones you've never heard of.
Tax managers and solutions architects ranked among the best jobs in America for 2016, according to a recently released Glassdoor report. Among the top 5, the job with the highest average base salary: engagement manager, at $125,000.
The best jobs were chosen from a Glassdoor ranking that took into account earning potential, career opportunities and number of job openings.
So did your job make the list? Click ahead for the top 5.
— By CNBC's Jessica Dickler
Posted 20 January 2016