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The best job of 2020 pays $119,715—and employers are on a hiring spree

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Workers across technology, health care and business hold some of the best jobs of 2020, according to Indeed's latest ranking of the most promising occupations in the job market.

The career site looked at its database to identify the 25 best jobs of the year based on three things: average pay, the share of the job title's growth on the site in the past three years, and the number of postings for the job for every 1 million total listings on the site.

In doing so, analysts are able to determine the roles that pay well, have seen promising career growth on the market and are in-demand by employers. The ranking only considers jobs that pay $75,000 or more per year.

Coming in as the No. 1 job of the year is software architect, which pays an average of $119,715 per year and is the most in-demand job listing on the site, with just over 1,400 openings for every 1 million job listings on Indeed overall.

In this role, workers act as a designer and developer to help clients, businesses and software engineers create and execute software solutions. Similar to building architects (who are included as the No. 25 best job of the year), software architects make high-level design choices that impact the nuts and bolts of the software they're working on. Workers in this role tend to have a bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, software engineering or other related fields, and employers tend to require five or more years of experience for this mid-level position.

The No. 2 best job of the year is another technology role. Full stack developers command an average base salary of $94,164 per year and saw a 162% rise in job listings on Indeed since 2016 — the biggest increase of any job on the list. These software engineers need a broad coding skill set in order to work with both the front and back end of a website or application.

The majority of the top 10 best jobs are technology roles. This reflects trends in the job market overall, where companies are adding technology roles to their teams faster than they can find skilled workers to fill them, resulting in a talent shortage. As a result, tech workers are in some of the best positions to negotiate for higher pay and perks.

The best jobs that pay most fall mostly in the health-care field, however. Dentists are the highest-paid workers on the list, with an average base salary of $184,586 per year. Other health-care workers, including internal medicine physicians and primary care physicians, command six-figure salaries.

As for where jobs are growing fastest outside of technology, real estate agents are ranked No. 3 on the best-jobs list overall and saw a 157% growth in job listings on Indeed in the past three years. The housing market heated up at the end of 2019 in particular, and new home sales in the U.S. hit a 12.5-year high in January 2020.

Here are the top 25 best jobs of 2020, according to Indeed.

25. Architect

Average base salary: $92,601 per year

Job growth since 2016: 20.42%

Openings per 1 million listings: 345

24. Primary care physician

Average base salary: $132,842 per year

Job growth since 2016: 12.5%

Openings per 1 million listings: 377

23. IT technician

Average base salary: $79,850 per year

Job growth since 2016: 35.16%

Openings per 1 million listings: 403

22. Internal medicine physician

Average base salary: $177,831 per year

Job growth since 2016: 16.72%

Openings per 1 million listings: 408

21. HR business partner

Average base salary: $78,744 per year

Job growth since 2016: 28.76%

Openings per 1 million listings: 414

20. Cloud engineer

Average base salary: $110,264 per year

Job growth since 2016: 107.77%

Openings per 1 million listings: 416

19. Controller

Average base salary: $82,151 per year

Job growth since 2016: 18.71%

Openings per 1 million listings: 435

18. Attorney

Average base salary: $86,563 per year

Job growth since 2016: 76.56%

Openings per 1 million listings: 439

17. Civil engineer

Average base salary: $78,986 per year

Job growth since 2016: 18.9%

Openings per 1 million listings: 443

16. Superintendent

Average base salary: $75,266 per year

Job growth since 2016: 48.75%

Openings per 1 million listings: 452

15. Scientist

Average base salary: $87,726 per year

Job growth since 2016: 21.08%

Openings per 1 million listings: 458

14. Veterinarian

Average base salary: $92,431 per year

Job growth since 2016: 69.22%

Openings per 1 million listings: 460

13. Finance manager

Average base salary: $79,106 per year

Job growth since 2016: 22.61%

Openings per 1 million listings: 470

12. Data engineer

Average base salary: $113,777 per year

Job growth since 2016: 135.48%

Openings per 1 million listings: 492

11. Product owner

Average base salary: $92,871 per year

Job growth: 106.32%

Openings per 1 million listings: 494

10. Sales director

Average base salary: $77,814 per year

Job growth since 2016: 16.75%

Openings per 1 million listings: 556

9. IT security specialist

Average base salary: $94,984 per year

Job growth since 2016: 12.47%

Openings per 1 million listings: 562

8. Data scientist

Average base salary: $105,510 per year

Job growth since 2016: 77.57%

Openings per 1 million listings: 615

7. Java developer

Average base salary: $93,820 per year

Job growth since 2016: 11.14%

Openings per 1 million listings: 618

6. Electrical engineer

Average base salary: $79,842 per year

Job growth since 2016: 20.79%

Openings per 1 million listings: 632

5. Development operations engineer

Average base salary: $108,761 per year

Job growth since 2016: 31.69%

Openings per 1 million listings: 635

4. Dentist

Average base salary: $184,586 per year

Job growth since 2016: 31.69%

Openings per 1 million listings: 674

3. Real estate agent

Average base salary: $90,439 per year

Job growth since 2016: 157.08%

Openings per 1 million listings: 675

2. Full stack developer

Average base salary: $94,164 per year

Job growth since 2016: 161.98%

Openings per 1 million listings: 893

1. Software architect

Average base salary: $119,715 per year

Job growth since 2016: 18.64%

Openings per 1 million listings: 1,424

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