10 High-Paying Jobs In A Booming Sector

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As Americans' lives are increasingly filled with technology, careers in information technology are expected to grow significantly through the end of the decade.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that many IT jobs are expected to grow faster or much faster than average through 2020. What's more, employers' inability to find the workers with the technical skills needed to fill such jobs has resulted in stellar pay for some jobs. Some companies are also offering signing bonuses to ensure that they attract -- and keep -- top talent.

Using BLS data, AOL Jobs has compiled this list of 10 high-paying tech jobs, from least to highest paid (based on 2010 data, the most recent available). Most require a bachelor's degree, but there are exceptions for those with proven ability to write computer code or manage corporate networks, for example. Check out the list and tell us what you think in the comments section below.



10. Computer Support Specialist: Provide help and advice to computer and software users to both novice and professional users.
  • Median annual salary: $46,260
  • Educational requirements: Some college, but no degree is required. Employers may require additional on-the-job training.

Find a job as a computer support specialist.



9. Network and Computer Systems Administrator: Responsible for the day-to-day operations of corporate computer networks, which includes installing and supporting computer systems, networks, intranets and data communication systems.
  • Median annual salary: $69,160
  • Educational requirements: The job typically requires applicants to have a bachelor's degree in computer science, though an associate degree and certification -- such as a certified wireless network administrator -- may suffice for some positions.

Find a job as a network and computer systems administrator.



8. Computer Programmer: Writes code for software programs.
  • Median annual salary: $71,380
  • Educational requirements: A bachelor's degree in computer science is typically required, though some employers hire workers with associate degrees. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Find a job as a computer programmer.



7. Database Administrator: Uses software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records.
  • Median annual salary: $73,490
  • Educational requirements: A bachelor's degree in an information- or computer-related field is required. Experience in a related field is typically need before becoming an administrator.

Find a job as a database administrator.



4. (tie) Information Security Analyst: Ensures company information stays safe from cyberattacks.
  • Median annual salary: $75,660
  • Educational requirements: Generally, a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field is required, as is experience in a related profession.

Find a job as a information security analyst.



4. (tie) Web Developer: Creates websites for companies, governments and other organizations.
  • Median annual salary: $75,660
  • Educational requirements: A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field typically is needed. Additional knowledge of web programming languages can be helpful.

Find a job as a Web Developer.



4. (tie) Computer Network Architect: Creates internal computer networks all workers within companies and organizations.
  • Median annual salary: $75,660
  • Educational requirements: Much like information security analysts, computer network architects need a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, combined with experience in a related profession.

Find a job as a computer network architect.



3. Computer Systems Analyst: Examines corporate computer systems and procedures and makes recommendations to help companies operate more efficiently and effectively.
  • Median annual salary: $77,740
  • Educational requirements: A bachelor's degree in a computer or information science field is typical, though not always required. Some firms will hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have experience in writing computer programs.

Find a job as a computer systems analyst.



2. Software Developer: Creates operating systems or applications for computers and other devices.
  • Median annual salary: $90,530
  • Educational requirements: A bachelor's degree in computer science and strong computer-programming skills are usually required.

Find a job as a software developer.



1. Computer and Information Research Scientist: Solves complex problems in computing for business, science, medicine, academia and other uses.
  • Median annual salary: $100,660
  • Educational requirements: A doctorate in computer science or a related field of study is required.

Find a job as a computer and information research scientist.


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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jag8697chavala

hi this is jagadish kumar, really great work you have done this is the better site i have visited for jobs Thank you.

April 10 2013 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ralphhale3

Just think. If you want to pay your bills and have a life you'll need to be in 'Tech'. All other job functions will be relegated to minimum wage, or automated. The technocracy will usher in the new Gilded Age of plutocracy and all of the rich will own the rest of society. What a country. Can't wait. I'll be in Scandinavia making a full living by teaching. What a novel concept: work a job and make a full living.

April 08 2013 at 9:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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joynerz

And our legislators continue to try to cut funding for education. Makes me wonder who they are working for. If lower wage jobs are the rule here in the US, the people who already have 'money' will have even more buying power, and political power. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

April 08 2013 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freethinker

A website designer job doesn't require a 4-year degree. Many combinations of classes and certifications would make excellent preparation, so long as the candidate has a strong portfolio.

April 08 2013 at 6:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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NetPro

Web developer is different from web designer. Anyone can load a wordpress site and be a "web designer". To design and manage a corporate website requires more knowledge, skills and collaboration, hence the high pay.

September 22 2013 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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fifo

That's not really accurate... a website designer (for any real corporation or agency), requires just as much training and skill as a developer, they have to know all the latest UI/UX research and best practices, have at least 4-6 years of previous history developing UI's professionally and a quality portfolio demonstrating skill creating advanced application interfaces for a broad range of clients and of course they have to be fluent with all the latest design tools.

This coming from a web developer who works with designers, in general at a high level the pay for quality UI designers is marginally lower than dev's.

October 06 2013 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
ironmikemiata

If one doesn't mind getting their hands Dirty,there's always municipal water treatment,PowerPlant Maintenance,especially on the Nuclear side, nice thing I only worked 6 months out of the year any more & uncle sam would tax me to death,& lets face it Uncle Sam hasen't done a GOD DAMN THING to earn it!

April 08 2013 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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chickeadoodle

Good to know, but please watch your language. The gd thing is totally uncalled for.

April 08 2013 at 5:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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joynerz

Sounds like a cultural thing. Looks like he's on the correct end of the job ladder; a potty job for a potty mouth.

April 08 2013 at 10:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
gannonfan8000

how about you go **** yourself? This is the internet, we're allowed to curse

October 19 2013 at 8:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
coledude

I have been in Medical I.T. for 19 years now and make $143,000 a year..

April 08 2013 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pistolpete58

suppose your not a tech geek

April 08 2013 at 2:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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chickeadoodle

Really. I wish I had some computer saavy. I am completely lost on the technology today and don't have the money to buy all the gadgets to try and learn.

April 08 2013 at 5:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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freethinker

You obviously have a computer. That's the only "gadget" you need. Visit this site: www.freeaplus.com.

April 08 2013 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
fifo

All you need is a crappy computer, some free programs, and your all set to learn, then as you graduate and start making money with it you can start buying the extras that you want/need as you progress. That's what I did back in the day, and now do it professionally.

October 06 2013 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
royd00

David, get real. The amount of opportunities anywhere are limited at best. The budget problems just about close the door on any/all government jobs. IT jobs are specialized and require tremendous experience and advanced education and the competition nationally and internationally only frustrate the situation for most job seekers.
It's a sad situation that will get much worse before it will get any better.

April 08 2013 at 1:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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joynerz

And since the legislators continue to cut funding for education, companies with IT needs go overseas where they can get these educated people for 10cents on the dollar. Keeps the rich people in the US rich and the poor people poor - thus the rich have greater buying power.

April 08 2013 at 10:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
harvarddr2309

I think David needs to get out more...all most ALL jobs in the IT fields need a degree..I say all most all because a friend of mine says his job selling PC's at a big box is IT. That is as close as you can get to getting a job working in the PC world and not have a degree. The market is only looking for the top 2% top of the class and in some areas this may be the globle market to make any real money. What use to make you $70,000 has been pushed down to $50,000 or lower. In a small market you will be looking at even less than $30,000..good luck out there..because now here comes the temp services or on call services..

April 08 2013 at 1:32 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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fifo

Web Development and Web Design do not need degrees and often make over the 70K mark, but you do have to have relevant work experience and quality portfolios. I make over that and work as both a Web Dev and Designer, most of the agencies/companies I've worked with are desperately looking for "talented" developers and designers, most really don't care if you have a degree or not, only that your work is good.

October 06 2013 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lyricwrite

This is so full of crap. My girlfriend is a certified Computer Hardware and Support Technician and she's been out of work for nearly two years. After hundreds of resumes and minimal interviews, she has had no success finding work. The jobs are not out there. Stop with the inaccurate data already HP.

April 08 2013 at 12:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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freethinker

Have her try here:

http://www.support.com/about/careers/openings

April 08 2013 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
warrenag

The problem is, there programming is getting better every day the software they are developing will some day
eliminate there job

April 08 2013 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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