Choosing a Career in 2016

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” really means: “Where are you when it comes to choosing a career?”

choosing a careerRemember those family reunions where it seemed liked every year Aunt Sally or Uncle Bob would ask the proverbial question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Depending on your age, you may have answered “superhero.” Or, perhaps “doctor,” “teacher,” or “fireman.”

Imagine their surprise if you had answered “data scientist” or “solutions architect,” both of which are listed among the top careers in Glassdoor’s 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016.  You’d probably end up walking quietly away while your relatives took long sips of sweet tea contemplating what a solutions architect looks like.

How do the “best jobs” translate into a major in college?

According to the descriptions for some these top jobs, employers seek to hire people with blended skill sets and a highly technical background that includes engineering, applied analysis, statistics, scientific methodology and degrees in the quantitative sciences.

Other positions in Glassdoor’s best jobs report pull from backgrounds and training in business and medicine. (See the full list and the link to the report below.)

When you were five or even 15, choosing a career was probably not high on your list of priorities. At 18, it’s hard to imagine what you will be “when you grow up” even if it’s just four years later. However, you can start learning now about what it employers are looking for in today’s market and learn more about how you can best prepare for your future.

Imagine being on a college visit and you get to ask the question: “Which majors lead to a career as a data scientist?”

25 Best Jobs in America (Glassdoor, 2016)

  1. Data Scientist
  2. Tax Manager
  3. Solutions Architect
  4. Engagement Manager
  5. Mobile Developer
  6. HR Manager
  7. Physician Assistant
  8. Product Manager
  9. Software Engineer
  10. Audit Manager
  11. Analytics Manager
  12. Software Development Manager
  13. Produce Marketing Manager
  14. Marketing Manager
  15. QA Manager
  16. Finance Manager
  17. Business Development Manager
  18. UX Designer
  19. Strategy Manager
  20. Technical Account Manager
  21. Consultant
  22. Construction Superintendent
  23. Nurse Practitioner
  24. Electrical Engineer
  25. Software Architect