Strategy 19 lucrative jobs with tons of opportunities in 2018

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LinkedIn broke down some of the most promising jobs of 2018, and a lot of the occupations are engineering gigs.

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• Career site LinkedIn has ranked some of the most promising jobs of 2018.

• The jobs all have great salaries, tons of demand, and offer room for professional growth.

• Many of the jobs that appear on the list are tech and engineering gigs.



Salary isn't the only factor to consider when determining how good a job is.

A truly standout role won't just pay a lot, it'll feature plenty of openings and opportunities to grow and get promoted.

LinkedIn recently compiled data from millions of site profiles and job postings to form a list of the most promising jobs of 2018.

Each occupation was ranked based on salary, number of US job openings, year over year growth in job openings, and regional availability. The occupations also all received a career advancement score out of 10 — with 10 being a job that was most likely to lead to a promotion or internal transfer.

Here's a look at some of the most promising jobs of 2018:

​Hospitalist

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​Hospitalist

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$232,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 1,900

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 19%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 4



​Pharmacist

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​Pharmacist

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$124,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ More than ​4,000

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 28%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 4



Strategic​ ​account​ ​manager

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Strategic​ ​account​ ​manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$125,000

Job​ ​openings​ :​ ​More than 500

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 31%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



Finance director

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Finance director

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$135,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 800

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 51%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 6



​Site​ ​reliability​ ​engineer

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​Site​ ​reliability​ ​engineer

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$155,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​600

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 112%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



Front-end engineer

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Front-end engineer

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$104,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 1,000

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 82%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



Data engineer

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Data engineer

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$107,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​1,400

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 35%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



Financial analyst

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Financial analyst

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$65,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 4,000

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 25%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 10



Technical​ ​program​ ​manager

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Technical​ ​program​ ​manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$140,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​500

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 37%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 10



Enterprise​ ​account​ ​manager

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Enterprise​ ​account​ ​manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$180,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​800

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 74%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



​Data​ ​scientist

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​Data​ ​scientist

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$113,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​2,100

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 45%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



Product manager

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Product manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$105,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​3,600

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 30%

Career​ advancement score of 10:​ 8



Program manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$100,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 4,500

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 25%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



Engineering manager

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Engineering manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$130,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 1,400

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 42%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 6



Sales director

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Sales director

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$145,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 2,000

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 31%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 6



Solutions architect

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Solutions architect

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$134,000

Job​ ​openings​:​ ​More than 2,000

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 28%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 6



Customer​ ​success​ ​manager

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Customer​ ​success​ ​manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$82,300

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​1,000

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 91%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 10



Software engineering manager

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Software engineering manager

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$148,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​1,100

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 38%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 8



Engagement lead

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Engagement lead

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Median​ ​base​ ​salary:​ ​$93,000

Job​ ​openings​: More than​ ​1,200

Year over year​ ​growth of job openings: 425%

Career​ advancement score out of 10:​ 10



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