America's In-Demand Tech Jobs by State [Interactive Map]

It’s a good time to be working in the technology industry. Tech jobs occupy five of the top 20 spots on the US News 100 Best Jobs list, so it’s no wonder you’re interested in pursuing a career in technology.

The above-average salaries and rapidly-growing job opportunities are enough to grab your attention, but which positions appeal to you the most? There are different types of tech jobs that cater to different types of people.

Familiarizing yourself with the most in-demand tech jobs in your area is a great way to narrow down your options. We created this handy interactive map to help you pinpoint the opportunities with the most potential near you.

How it works ...

The map below is color-coded to reflect the total number of technology job openings by state in the past year.* Darker states have more opportunities, while lighter states have fewer.

Simply hover over the state you’re interested in and click your mouse. You will then be presented with a ranked list of the four tech positions in highest demand based on that particular state. Clicking another state will allow you to see a side-by-side comparison.

Look underneath the map to learn more about each of the in-demand tech jobs. You’ll find a complete break-down of every position, including job duties, projected growth and salary info.**

Who knows? You may find your future tech career!

 


Map: Top Tech Jobs

 

In-demand tech jobs:

1. Computer programmer

  • Create and test the code that allows computers to run properly
  • Analyze user needs and develop software solutions
  • Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications

Education required: 84 percent of employers prefer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in computer science or computer programming.

Median annual salary (2013): $76,140

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 8 percent

2. Computer user support specialist

  • Assist computer users with technical issues
  • Resolve problems for clients in person or via telephone or email
  • Install equipment for employee use

Education required: Many employers accept applicants with an associate’s degree, however 65 percent prefer candidates to have a bachelor’s degree.

Median annual salary (2013): $46,620

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 17 percent

3. Computer systems analyst

  • Analyze data processing problems to improve computer systems
  • Develop and test design procedures
  • Enhance system compatibility so information can be easily shared

Education required: 86 percent of employers prefer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in IT management or computer science.

Median annual salary (2013): $81,190

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 25 percent

4. Computer systems engineer

  • Develop solutions to complex applications problems and other network concerns
  • Provide technical guidance for troubleshooting computer systems
  • Confirm stability and security of system architecture

Education required: 87 percent of employers prefer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in IT management or computer science.

Median annual salary (2013): $82,340

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 7 percent

5. Database administrator

  • Test and administer computer databases
  • Apply security measures to safeguard information
  • Indicate user access levels for each segment of a database

Education required: 80 percent of employers prefer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in computer science.

Median annual salary (2013): $78,520

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 15 percent

6. Network systems administrator

  • Install and support an organization’s network system
  • Monitor network to ensure availability to all system users
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations

Education required: 82 percent of employers prefer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in computer science or IT management.

Median annual salary (2013): $74,000

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 12 percent

7. Software application developer

  • Design or customize computer applications software
  • Modify existing software to optimize operational efficiency or correct errors
  • Evaluate software requirements and user needs to determine software feasibility

Education required: 90 percent of employers prefer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in software application development.

Median annual salary (2013): $92,660

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 22 percent

8. Software quality assurance (QA) engineer

  • Develop and execute software test plans to identify software problems
  • Identify software defects and report them to software developers
  • Test system modifications to prepare for implementation

Education required: 87 percent of employers prefer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree, usually in computer science.

Median annual salary (2013): $82,340

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 7 percent

 

Visit the Rasmussen College School of Technology to learn more about the education options that will help prepare you for these careers!

 

*Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 2,184,351 technology jobs by state, March 27, 2013 - March 26, 2014)

**Job duties, projected growth and salary info taken from the U.S. Department of Labor. Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.

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Callie is an Inbound Marketing Specialist whose aim is to compose helpful and encouraging content to assist Rasmussen College students. Her eagerness for helping others combined with her creative writing passion makes her a great asset to past, present and prospective learners.

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