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Want to be a web developer? Speech pathologist? Glassdoor ranks the 10 best jobs in U.S.

Paul Davidson, USA TODAY

If you can't beat Big Tech, you might want to join it. 

Technology is already pervasive in our lives – from smartphones to social media to buying goods and services online – a reality that some embrace while others shun.

Now, technology jobs are increasingly being viewed as the best occupations in the country.

Tech positions make up the top seven of Glassdoor’s 50 best jobs for 2020, an annual ranking based on job satisfaction, median base salary and number of openings. Last year, tech jobs comprised three of the top seven and four of the top 10. The job satisfaction ratings are based on Glassdoor’s popular employee reviews.

While tech giants like Apple, Amazon and Facebook may be the most prominent providers of technology products and jobs, virtually every sector – from retail to financial to health care – depends heavily on software and computers.

“Every company is a technology company,” says Glassdoor community expert Sarah Stoddard. “Everybody has a website. Everybody has an application these days.” Not to mention a social media presence and Big Data team that crunches reams of numbers to better target customers.

This year, front-end engineer, essentially a web developer that creates the look and feel of websites, displaced data scientist as the top best job. Several non-technology roles in the top 10 of Glassdoor’s 50 best jobs ranking last year fell further down in the top 20, including nursing manager, occupational therapist, program manager (who oversees several projects at a company) and human resources manager.

While health care jobs may have slipped a bit, they remain in high demand as the population ages and a source of gratification for workers.

“Folks who work in health care feel they have the opportunity to help people and they’re drawn by that,” Stoddard says.

Marketing manager, ranked third last year, didn’t show up in the top 50 this year, but that’s because employees didn’t provide enough ratings to meet Glassdoor’s criteria, Stoddard says.

Last week, the Labor Department reported a disappointing 145,000 job gains but unemployment remained at a 50-year low of 3.5%. That means workers generally continue to enjoy bargaining power over employers, a dynamic that's prompting many workers to switch jobs and even careers. And January is a prime month for switching, Stoddard says.

Here’s a look at the top 10 of Glassdoor's 50 best jobs list: (Ratings are out of 5. Job openings and median base salary are based on ads on Glassdoor’s site in 2019)

1. Front end engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 13,122

Median base salary: $105,240

The popular position didn’t appear in last year’s rankings because there weren’t enough employee ratings.

2. Java developer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 16,136

Median base salary: $83,589

Developers who write code for Java are in growing demand because the software lets programs run on different types of computers. Moves up from No. 22 last year.

3. Data scientist

Job satisfaction rating: 4.0

Number of job openings: 6,542

Median base salary: $107,801

A data scientist, who analyzes vast amounts of data to spot trends, has been touted as the hottest job in the country in recent years. But the website towarddatascience.com says some professionals have become disillusioned and left the field, in part because some companies don’t have the technology in place to get the most out of artificial intelligence.

4. Product manager

Job satisfaction rating: 3.8

Number of job openings: 12,173

Median base salary: $117,713

While there are product managers in a wide variety of fields, Stoddard says those advertised on Glassdoor’s site generally oversee technology products. Moves up from No. 5.

5. Devops engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 6,603

Median base salary: $107,310

Devops engineers oversee the release of new computer code. Moves up from No. 6.

6. Data engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.9

Number of job openings: 6,941

Median base salary: $102,472

Data engineers build infrastructure that data scientists use for their analysis. Moves up from No. 8.

7. Software engineer

Job satisfaction rating: 3.6

Number of job openings: 50,438 (most in the top 50)

Median base salary: $105,563

Software engineers design the software to meet a company’s needs. Programmers write the code. Moves up from No. 10

8. Speech language pathologist

Job satisfaction rating: 3.8

Number of job openings: 29,167

Median base salary: $71,867

The top-ranked healthcare job moves up from No. 19.

9. Strategy manager

Job satisfaction rating: 4.3

Number of job openings: 3,515

Median base salary: $133,067 (highest salary in the top 50)

A strategy manager assesses how best to achieve the company’s goals and works with different departments to do so. Moves up from No. 16.

10. Business development manager

Job satisfaction rating: 4.0

Number of job openings: 6,560

Median base salary: $78,480

A business development manager identifies new opportunities and attracts new customers. Moves up from No. 29.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jobs: 10 best jobs in America in 2020, according to Glassdoor