The nation's best jobs
But they are highly technical roles carrying job descriptions like DevOps engineer and analytics manager that demand an alphabet soup of computer skills as well as incessant on-the-job learning.
So do you have to be a math genius with a spare
USA TODAY conducted a series of interviews with people in the nation's top jobs, as well as with those recruiting and training candidates for these roles. Our mission was to see just how obtainable these plum posts are, whether you're a student looking for a profession or a career-changer seeking better pay in a booming field.
The market for tech talent is so hot that technology jobs now rate as the best type of employment opportunities in the nation.
A 2017 survey of the top jobs in America by employer ranking and assessment site Glassdoor — based on earning potential, job satisfaction and number of openings — ranked data scientist, DevOps engineer, data engineer, and analytics manager as the 1, 2, 3, and 5 top jobs (the fourth was tax manager). That's also the second year in a row data scientist took the top slot.
Other jobs surveys, including one from search site Indeed.com, have echoed these results, reflecting a cloud
The good news? Not only do you not necessarily have to be a rocket scientist, although we did speak with one, some folks in these roles are entirely self-taught.
But you'll need free time to acquire or polish skills and languages (Python, SQL, AWS to name a few), plus often money for training sessions. While some we talked to honed their skills solo, often using online courses, many recommended an intense type of trade school called a boot camp. Some are inexpensive, but others can cost five figures.
You also don't need to be a numbers whiz — or even like math. But distilling massive quantities of information requires comfort with computing and data sets.
"One problem our industry has is there's really no school for it," says Leslie Carr, an infrastructure engineering manager and former senior DevOps engineer with Clover Health, which uses data science to improve healthcare for seniors. "Not only is there no degree in DevOps, if someone did have a degree from four years ago and hasn't
That all may seem a bit daunting. But the flip side is that these jobs are plentiful and are expected to grow.
They also aren't just
Companies are eager to fill these positions because "it's not just software that's eating the world, but