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Top Tech Jobs: 3 Positions Worth Pursuing in 2013

Top tech jobs 2013If you’ve ever considered leaving your job behind to pursue a career in technology, there’s no better time than now. The tech world is in the midst of exciting, industry-wide growth and it’s about time you took advantage of it!

More and more businesses are recognizing the need to leverage the latest technologies in order to be competitive in the market. As a result, technology occupations are expected to increase at a much faster rate than overall employment, 21.8 versus 14.3 percent, through 2020, according to workforce and staffing solutions company Kelly Services.

Not only are opportunities multiplying but salaries are growing in a similar fashion. With advertised job openings outnumbering job seekers 3 to 1, it’s no surprise that employers are more willing to fork out bigger salaries to land a qualified professional. Tech professionals earned an average annual salary of $85,619 in 2012, which was up 5.3 percent over the previous year.

So if more job opportunities and a bigger paycheck are music to your ears, we’ve provided a comprehensive breakdown of the top tech jobs worth pursuing this year. Here are the three tech positions predicted to grow the fastest through 2020.*

Fastest growing jobs in technology

1. Database administrators

Professionals in this occupation are in demand due to the rapid growth in data collection by organizations. Employment growth in this field is predicted to be especially steep in the healthcare industry due to the increased use of electronic medical records.

Daily responsibilities include:

  • Testing and administering computer databases
  • Coordinating changes and correcting errors to computer databases
  • Applying security measures to safeguard information
  • Indicating user access levels for each segment of the database

Projected growth (2010-2020): 31%

Median annual salary: $73,490

Educational requirements: Most employers prefer that their database administrators have a bachelor’s degree in an information or computer-related subject. They often have an information systems management degree. Various technology certificates (e.g. the MCDBA certification) may also help individuals learn specialized technical skills to succeed in the field.

2. Software developers

Software is no longer used solely in desktop computers—it’s also in laptops, tablets, cell phones, televisions and even home appliances. As a result, the outlook for this career is optimistic for the next decade. With the increasing popularity of mobile technology, those who can create applications using various operating systems will be particularly sought after.

Daily responsibilities include:

  • Designing, developing and modifying software systems
  • Testing and analyzing operating systems
  • Setting operational specifications and formulating software requirements
  • Evaluating information to determine hardware configuration

Projected growth (2010-2020): 30%

Median annual salary: $90,530

Educational requirements: Software developers are typically required to have a bachelor’s degree. A degree in computer science is the most common for professionals in this field. It’s also imperative for software developers to stay on trend with new tools and computer languages in order to stay relevant in the industry.

3. Network and computer systems administrators

As businesses continue upgrading to faster technology and mobile networks, they’ll have an increased need for administrators to manage their systems. Professionals in this field are in demand throughout multiple industries (e.g. technical services, educational services and hospitals) to help manage day-to-day operations.

Daily responsibilities include:

  • Installing and supporting an organization’s network or computer system
  • Monitoring networks to ensure availability to all system users
  • Examining website functions to ensure performance without disruption
  • Performing data backups and disaster recovery operations

Projected growth (2010-2020): 28%

Median annual salary: $69,160

Educational requirements: The vast majority of employers in this field prefer a bachelor’s degree; however, there are positions where an associate’s degree will suffice. Most will earn their degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering. Courses in computer programming, network administration and systems design are helpful as well.

So … What are you waiting for?

These top tech jobs are projected to offer a multitude of job openings in the next decade while also providing top-notch salaries.  These are arguably the two most important deciding factors for any career changer. Throw in the fact that you get to evolve your passion for technology into a career and you’ve got a winning combination.

So if one of these tech jobs interests you, take the time to learn more about the skills and educational requirements needed to land the position. The sooner you take the necessary steps to qualify yourself, the sooner you could be one of the coveted tech professionals that top organizations are seeking.

For more information on these top tech jobs, as well as other careers in technology, download our complimentary Technology Career Outlook today!

*The data compiled for these career profiles was gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. BLS 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. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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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