High-Paying Tech Jobs and How YOU Can Land One

Let’s be honest—you want a prestigious, high-paying job. You dream of living a lavish life filled with fancy gadgets and exotic travel. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Finding a career that provides all of this and is enjoyable is too good to be true, right? Wrong! You spend most of your time in front of a computer anyways, so why not make a career out of it?  There are several high-paying tech jobs that are currently seeking qualified professionals.

“The existing demand for technical expertise simply outweighs the number of qualified candidates,” says Dylan Fallon, executive recruiter at Amotec Inc.

This shortage in qualified technology professionals has resulted in many promising and lucrative career paths. Your passion for technology makes you a favorable candidate to help fill this gap. What’s more is that there are a number of tech jobs that meet your high salary hopes. We’ve highlighted three of the most popular ones.

high-paying-tech-jobsThis is not your ordinary list…

You’ve likely come across countless lists of job descriptions when researching high-paying tech jobs. You’re well aware of the positions that pay the big bucks. What these lists don’t tell you is that you’re most likely not going to earn that impressive salary right off the bat.

The key piece of information that’s missing from these articles is how YOU can land one of these top jobs. That’s where we come in. We examined three high-paying tech jobs to find out what exactly it takes to work in these positions.

But before we break down these career paths, let’s get to the important part. Take a look at the chart which illustrates the average salary ranges professionals in these positions earn. These numbers represent the earning potential once you’ve worked your way up in these careers.

How to become an information security analyst

As an information security analyst you are in charge of ensuring the security of an organization’s systems and information assets. You oversee server activity to avoid cyber threats and keep systems running smoothly.

Average salary range:

$95,779 - $131,152/year

Technical skills needed:

  • Firewalls
  • Network security
  • LINUX

Education:

Seventy-two percent of information security analyst job posting prefer candidates to have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Information security analysts most often have an information security degree or a computer science degree.

Experience:

In order to earn a salary on the high end of the spectrum, you’ll need to put in some time. Thirty-three percent of senior level information security analysts have at least 15 years of experience under their respective belts.

How to become a computer systems analyst

As a computer systems analyst you are responsible managing all network operations, implementing and improving computer systems as necessary. You analyze user requirements and procedures to automate and improve system capabilities.

Average salary range:

$79,910 - $115,084/year

Technical skills needed:

  • SQL
  • Oracle
  • SAP

Education:

Eighty-six percent of computer systems analyst job postings prefer candidates to have a bachelor’s degree. The most common degree acquired by professionals in this field is a computer science degree.

Experience:

By landing an entry-level computer systems analyst position you can start gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to move up the ladder and earn more money. Seventy-three percent of senior level analysts have ten or more years of experience.

How to become a web applications developer

As a web applications developer you will use complex programming languages and scripts to create web sites. You will analyze user needs to implement content and graphics while improving web site performance.

Average salary range:

$71,930 - $131,152/year

Technical skills needed:

  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)

Education:

Eighty-nine percent of web applications developer job postings prefer candidates to have a bachelor’s degree. Many developers have a web programming degree or an information technology (IT) management degree.

Experience:

Web applications developers’ salaries increase with experience, just as we’ve seen with the other professions. Seventy-nine percent of senior web developers have at least five years of experience in the field.

Why wait?

Hopefully this information has opened your eyes to the fact that there are ways you can get paid top-dollar to do something you enjoy.

A common theme we’ve uncovered is that salaries are directly affected by experience. Fallon suggests another way to move up the ladder in the tech field is by continuing education. He says that earning certifications and developing in areas that align with your organization's needs is a great way to facilitate career growth.

This information should give you a realistic look at what it takes to work in these top tech positions. The sooner you know which career path you want to follow, the sooner you can get started on your path to earning six figures!

The next step is to explore technology degree programs that will help you get your foot in the door and start gaining that valuable experience.

 

Author’s note: Salary ranges are used courtesy of Salary.com. They do not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary. Skills and education information is based on Burning Glass analyses of job postings for information security, computer systems analyst and web applications developer between Nov. 13, 2012 and Nov. 12, 2013.  

Callie Malvik

Callie is the Content Manager at Collegis Education, overseeing blog content on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about creating quality resources that empower others to improve their lives through education.

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