The 10 Best Tech Jobs
The 10 Best Tech Jobs
1 Data Scientist
While specific job outlook and new job numbers are not available from the BLS, the Harvard Business Review calls data scientist ďthe sexiest job of the 21st century". There is a high demand for individuals who can evaluate data to help companies make business decisions; however, there is a relatively low supply of qualified candidates. According to a Burtch Works report, salaries for level three data scientist managers are as high as $250,000. Burtch Works also notes that most data scientists have either a Masterís degree or a Ph.D. in mathematics/statistics, computer science or engineering.
2 Software Developer
By far, the largest number of job openings on the list is for software developers. This growth is fueled by the demand for mobile apps and other products that are driven by technology. While some software developers design applications, systems software developers design operating systems, and interfaces. A bachelorís degree in computer science, software engineering, or mathematics is usually a requirement.
3 Information Security Analyst
More than one billion records were breached in 2014, according to Gemalto, an international security company. These breaches illustrate the urgent need for information security analysts. A bachelorís degree in computer science or programming is the typical requirement, although some employers prefer an MBA in information systems.
4 Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts are needed to design and install new computer systems, and IT consulting firms hire most of them. Growth has occurred primarily in the following areas: cloud computing, mobile technology, and healthcare records. Candidates usually need a bachelorís degree in a computer-related field, although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that sometimes a liberal arts degree is sufficient.
5 Web Developer
This is one of the few jobs on the list that you can get without a bachelorís degree. There are three types of web developers; web designers, who create the layout and feel of the website, need an associate degree in web design. Webmasters, who maintain the website, may have a webmaster certificate, an associate degree in web development, or a bachelorís degree, depending on the employer. Web architects, who handle the technical construction of the site, usually need a bachelorís degree in programming or computer science.
6 Sales Engineer
The demand for sales engineers in other industries is only projected to increase by 9%; however, the growth rate is four times as fast for professionals selling computer software and hardware. Most sales engineers have a degree in business, science, or a technology field. They must also be well-versed in technology to present proposals, explain products and answer questions.
7 Information Technology Manager
Information technology managers go by a variety of other names; for example, computer and information systems managers, chief information officers (CIOs), chief technology officers (CTOs), IT directors, or IT security managers. While duties may vary, they usually oversee an IT team and handle the organizations technology needs. A bachelorís degree in a computer or information science-related major is required, although some employers prefer an MBA.
8 Computer Research Scientist
This position has the least number of new jobs, but thatís because it is a difficult field to enter. Computer and Information Research Scientists typically require a Ph.D.; therefore the candidate pool is small, which keeps the demand for this role high. Among other duties, computer and information research scientists write algorithms to help businesses analyze data.
9 Network and Systems Admin
This job has the lowest growth rate on the list, but donít let that fool you. Companies need network and computer systems administrators to handle their day-to-day technology operations, which include installing and maintaining local and wide area networks, intranets, etc. The largest area of growth for network administrators will be in computer systems design, which is projected to increase by 35%. Typically, candidates for this role hold a degree in information science, computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering.
10 Computer Support Specialists
Itís the lowest paying job on the list, but it also requires the least amount of time in school; most employers will hire candidates with a postsecondary certificate or an associate degree. (Learn about other jobs, here: 8 High Paying Jobs That Require 2-Year Degrees.) There are two types of computer support specialists: computer network support specialists and computer user support specialists. Computer network support specialists usually work with IT staff to troubleshoot problems. Computer user support specialists, also known as help desk techs, assist customers and non-technical employees.