These are the highest paying jobs for the class of 2019

Starting pay for data scientist graduates reported at $95 000.
Data-science skills are growing in demand across industries, and businesses are seen investing in teams to help convert captured information into valuable insights. Picture: Shutterstock

Data scientist was the highest-paying entry-level job last year, according to Glassdoor research. Young adults in this field earned a median annual base salary of $95 000. That’s higher than young Wall Street workers received as investment-banking analysts.

Entry level job Base salary
Data Scientist 95 000
Implementation Consultant
72 000
Investment Banking Analyst 85 000
Java Developer 72 000
Product Designer 85 000
Product Manager 89 000
Software Developer 68 000
Software Engineer 90 000
Systems Engineer 70 000
UX Designer 73 000

Source: Glassdoor

Businesses from fashion giants to hedge funds to venture capital firms are building teams focused on figuring out how to turn the information they capture into valuable insights.

“There’s such a high demand across industries for people with data-science skills,” said Amanda Stansell, senior research analyst at Glassdoor.

Recruitment for this profession will continue as more companies accumulate data and figure out what to to do with it, Stansell added.

Tech jobs dominated Glassdoor’s list of the top 25 highest-paying entry-level positions. Software engineer ranked second, with a median base salary of $90 000. The only non-technical and non-business profession on the list was physical therapists with a median salary of just under $64 000.

Job openings for the information-technology sector have increased more than 4% in the past year, according to the S&P 500 LinkUp Jobs Index. During the same period, postings for the financial industry dropped 10%.

Coding boot camps have proliferated in recent years amid talk of a skills shortage, and some companies have worked to combat the gap by partnering with locals schools to provide mentorship and training.

Graduates looking to pursue one of these jobs don’t need to limit themselves geographically. In addition to the coastal tech hubs, several other cities offer unique tech opportunities, including Huntsville, Alabama, and Detroit, Michigan.

© 2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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Says a lot about society that doctors and engineers don’t feature.

I get high pay for jobs that require high or specialists skill and tools as there is a shortage of supply.

You would however imagine that an analyst needs industry experience and understanding. How investment banks pay kids straight out of college with zero industry experience or understanding that much to analyze business is perhaps why the banks perform as poorly as their investment advice does for clients.

I clearly remember during my early career as an engineer for a large (and now deservedly defunct) mining house the 25-year old bimbos with one-year old B.A.s who were sent in by the directors to tell the mine managers and engineers how to do their jobs. Scarcely credible, but true.

Data analysts don’t analyse in the traditional sense that you’re thinking of it.
Organisations such as banks are sitting on large piles of data (think about all your bank statements). Put this in a computer program and all sorts of useless at face value graphs show up. Give these graphs to a smart graduate and he can thumb suck an idea as basic as saying hey FNB, how about you offer the ability to pay for speeding fines on the app, it’ll make you some money.

Paying traffic fines with one click will help the world immensely.

We are focusing on the wrong stuff. Twenty years ago you took people that had twenty years experience running power plants or mills help other people run their power plants or mills better than they were before. Now, a kid on a spreadsheet that would not remotely comprehend the physics or operation or maintenance of a power plant or mill tells people with ten years experience how to improve cost effectiveness, or advises clients which power plant and mill to invest in.

Luckily investment bankers dont offer investment advice. The old name of merchant banker is far more apt.

I met a 2017 engineering graduate from Tuks apply for a job. He had previously sent out his CV to more than 100 companies, and only got 1 offer, as a supervisor on a building site for R200 per month, which would have been less than his transport costs to get to work.

Of course, he was of the “wrong” skin colour.

The so-called shortage of engineers is utter rubbish and a myth.


I think you and I are saying the same thing : there SHOULD be much more demand for engineers than 23y old zero business experience masters of business science spreadsheet jockeys :/

Hi but I find your mail regarding the tuks person rather astounding if not unbelievable. our crazy Bee system would have many companies interested in such a person. I don’t think the racial inferal is just in any event.

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