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Five people conducting interviews at the Career Fair held on Thursday, March 24 at the USCB Hilton Head Gateway Campus give a few tips on things to do -- and not to do -- when applying for a job.

If you’re on the hunt for a job or considering switching fields, this list could help with that.

LinkedIn, a career networking and job search site with at least 530 million members, has unveiled the most promising jobs of 2018.

In its research, LinkedIn used a formula that takes into account five key categories: from most important to least, salary, advancement, job openings in the U.S., growth of job openings (year-over-year) and regional demand. It also used information from its network, including user profiles and jobs listings.

The lowest median base salary on the list was that of a financial analyst, while the top salary was for a medical director position.

The top job, engagement lead, had by far the highest year-over-year growth in job openings: 425 percent. The second highest was a site reliability engineer, at 112 percent.

Four jobs got a 10 out of 10 for career advancement: engagement lead, customer success manager, technical program manager and financial analyst.

Here’s the full list, starting with the most promising, according to LinkedIn:

  • Engagement Lead
  • Software Engineering Manager
  • Customer Success Manager
  • Solutions Architect
  • Sales Director
  • Engineering Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Technical Program Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Frontend Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Finance Director
  • Strategic Account Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Hospitalist
  • Medical Director

Find more insights about these jobs, including the top skills sought in each, here.

U.S. News & World Report also recently ranked the best jobs for 2018 using Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Software developer led its list of 100 careers, but health care professions dominated.

Meanwhile, CareerBuilder compiled a list of best jobs in 2018 that do not always require a college education. The site weighed number of job postings, number of hires, job growth and median earnings (hourly).

“With skilled tradespeople, there’s a high demand, there’s a lower supply,” Matt Ferguson, CEO of job site CareerBuilder, told CNBC. “I think we need to do more to provide that education in high school and in trade schools after high school. ... Not everybody should go to a traditional four-year institution.”

Here’s what CareerBuilder found to be the top:

  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
  • Food service managers
  • Insurance sales agents
  • Computer user support specialists
  • Social and human service assistants
  • Real estate sales agents
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Medical assistants
  • Tax preparers
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