What It's Really Like To Have One Of The Best Jobs In America
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What It's Really Like To Have One Of The Best Jobs In America

by Lauren McGoodwin
Photos Jessica Scott | January 29, 2015

THE RESULTS FOR THE BEST JOBS IN AMERICA ARE IN! AND OUR CONTESSAS WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO GET THEM.

Glassdoor, one of my favorite career websites, has compiled a list of the 25 best jobs in America for 2015. According to the site: “The results are determined using three key factors—earning potential based on average annual base salary, career opportunities rating and number of job openings.”

While I think this list is great and highly valuable as you consider your next career move, it still doesn’t answer important questions such as: what does the day-to-day as a product manager look like? Or how do you actually get a job as a Physician Assistant? And what skills and education do you need to score a job in Human Resources?

In order to address these unanswered questions, I thought it would be fun to compare seven of Glassdoor’s top ten jobs to the Contessas who have them. Read on to find out more about what it’s like to work in one of the top ten jobs in America—and how to get there:

#1: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.8

  • Number of Job Openings: 45,484
  • Average Base Salary: $111,376
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.5

Meet the Contessa: Megan Ward, Physician Assistant

  • Education: BS Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Physician Assistant Studies, Western University
  • Important Skills: Stamina, Flexibility, Passion
  • Company: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

#2: SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.6

  • Number of Job Openings: 104,828
  • Average Base Salary: $98,074
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

Meet the Contessa: Julie Jarzemsky, Software Developer

  • Education: B.S. in Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Important Skills: Programming, Collaboration, Problem-Solving
  • Company: HomeAway

#3: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.6

  • Number of Job Openings: 11,616
  • Average Base Salary: $94,907
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.5

Meet the Contessa: Jen Lee Koss, Builder of Business

  • Education: BA Music & Anthropology Harvard, MBA, Harvard
  • Important Skills: Hustle, Creativity, Resilience
  • Company: BRIKA.com

#4: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.6

  • Number of Job Openings: 8,073
  • Average Base Salary: $96,443
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.6

Meet the Contessa: Iris Zahra Hanu, Talent Acquisitions Manager

  • Education BA Global and International Studies, UC Santa Barbara
  • Important Skills: Integrity, Positivity, Determination
  • Company: Nasty Gal

#5: MARKETING MANAGER

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.6

  • Number of Job Openings: 14,647
  • Average Base Salary: $100,130
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

Meet the Contessa: Asha Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer

  • Education: BA Marketing and Business, University of Minnesota
  • Important Skills: Fast-Paced Execution, Ruthless Prioritization
  • Company: Porch.com

#6: PRODUCT MANAGER

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.5

  • Number of Job Openings: 10,294
  • Average Base Salary: $113,363
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

Meet the Contessa: Cynthia Samanian, Product Manager

  • Education: BA Business Administration, University of Washington, MBA, Harvard Business School
  • Important Skills: Passion, Persistence, Vision
  • Company: Path

#7: DATA SCIENTIST 

Glassdoor Job Score: 4.4

  • Number of Job Openings: 3,449
  • Average Base Salary: $104,476
  • Career Opportunities Rating: 3.8

Meet the Contessa: Diane Hu, Data Scientist

  • Education: BS Computer Science, University of Washington, Masters & PhD. Computer Science, UC San Diego
  • Important skills: Computer science, linear algebra, Machine learning
  • Company: Etsy

 

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Which of the best jobs in America is your dream job? Let us know in the comments!