The technology sector is growing at a rapid pace even while other areas of the economy are struggling. Many jobs will need to be filled in order to meet the demands of the current tech job market. Students who major or work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields should take note of what career trends are projected to be high paying for the foreseeable future. Here are the top 5 paying technology jobs of 2013 and how you can score them.
1. Data Architects
Data architects, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), create the physical infrastructure that helps carry electronic data. Data architects are essential to help the world economy become more connected through the internet. Their daily routine includes analyzing the flow of data through systems and trying to improve how communications within the system is processed.
Much of this work includes intense mathematical calculations and monitoring how data is crossing through systems. The BLS states that most data architects need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering. However, some employers may prefer a data architect with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. The BLS also states that data architects need several years of work experience in information technology or network administration before being considered for such a position. According to Salary.com, the 2013 salary of data architects calculated to $100,717.
2. Systems Analyst
Systems analysts will review the computer systems of companies and make suggestions to information technology managers on improvement to the systems that will make them more secure, efficient, and effective. Many systems analysts also help to solve specific problems an information technology network may have.
A degree in management information systems is seen as congruent toward a career as a systems analyst, according to the BLS, particularly a master’s degree. Some years experience is needed to become promoted to higher levels of systems analysis. Salary.com reports that the 2013 salary of system analysts calculated to $96,207.
3. Database Administrator
The database administrator’s job is to be the manager of all data being collected and stored by an organization. The BLS explains that the database administrator manages the database, which is where all the data is stored, and analyzes how effective the system is running. The administrator often updates the system so the database runs more efficiently and the administrator does frequent security and back-up checks on all the data.
Because of the heightened security, managerial, and analytical requirements of this position, most employers prefer an individual with a master’s degree in information systems, such as a Master of Science (M.S.) or MBA. The BLS further states that several years of work experience as a data analyst can help position oneself toward a promotion as a database administrator. Salary.com states that database administrators earn a salary of $87,330 as of 2013.
4. Web Application Developer
Web application developers help create the websites we see online. Using complex programming languages and webpage codes, web applications developers create websites and have the ability to monitor, manipulate, secure, and alter websites. Web applications development requires an interdisciplinary approach in computer programming, web site design, and graphic design.
5. Security Administrator
Security administrators are the head security professionals for a firm’s computer systems. They monitor for viral threats or security breaches from hacks. Security administrators develop firewalls and anti-viral programs that can help stop many of the latest cyber threats from across the world. To be well-trained for this field, most employers prefer a master’s degree holder in computer science. In addition, they typically need several years experience working in computer administration, according to the BLS. Salary.com reports that these professionals earn around $69,797 in 2013.
Salary trends are looking positive for many computer science-related careers that deal with the 21st century economy. Many of these new, high-paying jobs help secure and maintain the communication networks that businesses need to compete. Investing in a college education, particularly a master’s degree program, and spending a few years working your way up can lead to many of these high-paying careers.