Want to Switch Careers in 2018? These Are the 25 Best Jobs in America Right Now

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If the salary and availability of a position are the most important qualities you look for on your job search, Glassdoor has a list of appealing options for you in 2018. As Thrillist reports, the job-reviewing site’s annual list of the best jobs in America is based on three criteria: median annual base salary, number of job openings, and job satisfaction. The jobs below came out with the best overall scores in all three categories.

If you're looking to snag one of the jobs on the list, you could do worse than sharpening your tech skills: Data scientist fills the top slot, with an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5, followed by DevOps engineer with a score of 4.6. Managers of different varieties also make the list. Marketing manager comes in third place, HR manager in fifth, and strategy manager in seventh. Jobs in the health field are a little less represented, but still make a few appearances. The best-rated is occupational therapist in the fourth slot. Physician assistant also makes the cut.

Of course, there are many factors that influence job quality outside the criteria in this list. After checking out the positions below, you might want to consider aspects like stress level and location before resuming your job hunt.

1. Data Scientist
Number of job openings: 4,524
Median base salary: $110,000
Job satisfaction: 4.2/5

2. DevOps Engineer
Number of job openings: 3,369
Median base salary: $105,000
Job satisfaction: 4/5

3. Marketing Manager
Number of job openings: 6,439
Median base salary: $85,000
Job satisfaction: 4/5

4. Occupational Therapist
Number of job openings: 11,903
Median base salary: $74,000
Job satisfaction: 4/5

5. HR Manager
Number of job openings: 4,458
Median base salary: $85,000
Job satisfaction: 3.9/5

6. Electrical Engineer
Number of job openings: 5,839
Median base salary: $76,000
Job satisfaction: 3.9/5

7. Strategy Manager
Number of job openings: 1,195
Median base salary: $135,000
Job satisfaction: 4.2/5

8. Mobile Developer
Number of job openings: 1,809
Median base salary: $90,000
Job satisfaction: 4.1/5

9. Product Manager
Number of job openings: 7,531
Median base salary: $113,000
Job satisfaction: 3.7/5

10. Manufacturing Engineer
Number of job openings: 4,241
Median base salary: $72,000
Job satisfaction: 4/5

11. Compliance Manager
Number of job openings: 1,222
Median base salary: $96,000
Job satisfaction: 4.3/5

12. Finance Manager
Number of job openings: 2,998
Median base salary: $116,000
Job satisfaction: 3.8/5

13. Risk Manager
Number of job openings: 1,209
Median base salary: $97,000
Job satisfaction: 4.2/5

14. Business Development Manager
Number of job openings: 4,060
Median base salary: $75,000
Job satisfaction: 3.9/5

15. Front End Engineer
Number of job openings: 1,122
Median base salary: $100,000
Job satisfaction: 4.2/5

16. Site Reliability Engineer
Number of job openings: 1,064
Median base salary: $120,000
Job satisfaction: 4.1/5

17. Mechanical Engineer
Number of job openings: 5,079
Median base salary: $75,000
Job satisfaction: 3.8/5

18. Analytics Manager
Number of job openings: 1,381
Median base salary: $115,000
Job satisfaction: 3.9/5

19. Tax Manager
Number of job openings: 3,309
Median base salary: $110,000
Job satisfaction: 3.7/5

20. Creative Manager
Number of job openings: 824
Median base salary: $110,000
Job satisfaction: 4.3/5

21. Software Engineer
Number of job openings: 29,187
Median base salary: $102,500
Job satisfaction: 3.6/5

22. Hardware Engineer
Number of job openings: 806
Median base salary: $115,000
Job satisfaction: 4.2/5

23. Corporate Recruiter
Number of job openings: 2,330
Median base salary: $65,000
Job satisfaction: 4.3/5

24. QA Manager
Number of job openings: 1,741
Median base salary: $92,000
Job satisfaction: 3.8/5

25. Physician Assistant
Number of job openings: 5,517
Median base salary: $104,000
Job satisfaction: 3.6/5

[h/t Thrillist]

14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

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Ravi Palwe, Unsplash

Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29

Amazon

This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

Hot Topic

You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

Hop Topic

What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

Buy it: Hot Topic

4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

Urban Outfitters

Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28

Amazon

The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

Urban Outfitters

Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

80s Tees

The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

Buy it: 80s Tees

8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

80s Tees

Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

Buy it: 80s Tees

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

Shop Disney

Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

Buy it: Shop Disney

10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

Shop Disney

You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

Buy it: Shop Disney

11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24

Amazon

Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19

Amazon

If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

Buy it: Amazon

13. SNES Classic; $275

Amazon

The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24

Amazon

Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

Buy it: Amazon

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America's Top 25 Colleges and Universities for 2021

Harvard University's Memorial Hall.
Harvard University's Memorial Hall.

Deciding what makes a certain college more desirable than another is highly subjective. Some prospective students might think a championship-winning football team and a massive student body are major selling points, while others prize a small, tightly knit community above all else.

To try to come as close as possible to identifying objectively great colleges and universities around the country, WalletHub analyzed a whopping 30 factors in seven categories, from student selectivity and cost to campus experience and career outcomes. These encompass basic metrics—admissions rate and average class size, for example—as well as more specific considerations, like study abroad programs, on-campus employment opportunities, and the median salaries of recent graduates.

Of all 1008 schools included in the study, the Ivy League ones continue to reign supreme. Harvard University ranked first, with a score of 78.6 across all 30 metrics, edging out Yale by just .03 points. Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Brown also made the top 25. With low acceptance rates and high graduation rates—not to mention huge endowments—these stately old institutions are rather difficult to compete with, but they’re definitely not the only esteemed places to get a four-year education.

As a testament to the continuing success of the tech industry, three technology institutes made WalletHub’s list: Massachusetts in third place, California in fifth, and Georgia in 11th. Those three schools ranked in the top five for return on educational investment, meaning that graduates make high starting salaries compared to how much their education actually cost.

Geographically, New England (and the East coast in general) is home to a majority of the top schools, though five from California alone did chart, too: Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; Pomona College; and Claremont McKenna College, in addition to the aforementioned California Institute of Technology.

Check out the top 25 below, and see where your alma mater ranks on WalletHub’s full list here.

  1. Harvard University // 78.6
  1. Yale University // 78.57
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology // 78.44
  1. Princeton University // 78.41
  1. California Institute of Technology // 77.65
  1. Stanford University // 77.12
  1. Rice University // 76.96
  1. Northwestern University // 75.4
  1. Duke University // 75.18
  1. University of Pennsylvania // 74.95
  1. Georgia Institute of Technology // 74.92
  1. Vanderbilt University // 74.66
  1. University of California, Berkeley // 74.54
  1. Columbia University // 74.51
  1. Johns Hopkins University // 74.37
  1. University of Chicago // 73.59
  1. Dartmouth College // 73.43
  1. Williams College // 73.19
  1. Brown University // 73.17
  1. Carnegie Mellon University // 73.11
  1. Washington and Lee University // 73.08
  1. Swarthmore College // 73.08
  1. Pomona College // 72.92
  1. Claremont McKenna College // 72.84
  1. Amherst College // 72.83