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Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

8.  Database Developer

100 best jobs database developer
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Joanne Chan, database developer for Shutterstock
  • Median pay: $88,200
  • Top pay: $126,000
  • 10-year job growth: 23%

Database developers are like data wranglers. Their job is to make sure companies can access data they've collected from customers, by coming up with ways to organize it all into something that makes sense. The business uses that information to increase efficiency and profitability.

What's great: With technology changing fast, there's a lot of opportunity to learn new things. "I love what I do because I'm basically being challenged every day," said Joanne Chan, a database developer. "90% of the things I do right now, I didn't know three years ago." --J.E.

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: B | Benefit to society: C | Telecommuting: A | Low stress: A

Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2012-22, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more details, see How We Picked the Best Jobs.
Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 01:24 PM ET

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