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Here's the No. 1 Highest-Paid, Most In-Demand Job in Every State


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The analysis was based on data from market research firm EMSI and focuses on 774 occupations classified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A study by online employment website CareerBuilder found software developers to be among the highest-compensated and fastest-growing jobs in every U.S. state.

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A study by online employment website CareerBuilder found software developers to be among the highest-compensated and fastest-growing jobs in every U.S. state, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Developers usually need a bachelor's degree, and programming skills like Java, JavaScript, SQL, C Sharp, Cascading Style Sheets, and NET Framework. Their median annual salary last year was $105,590, or $50.77 an hour, and the profession's job-growth outlook is higher than average.

The study predicts the number of jobs for software developers will rise 24% nationwide from 2016 to 2026.

An independent study by U.S. News & World Report found software developer was the best job in terms of work-life balance and career development.

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