Best jobs in tech

CNN Money and PayScale.com recently published their list of great careers, which included the top tech jobs

November 6, 2012
Jobs and money

CNN Money and PayScale.com recently published a list of great careers, showing that biomedical engineers, marketing consultants and software architects have the best jobs.

The rankings – which are based on which jobs offer big growth opportunities, great pay, and work that’s satisfying – are drawn from statistics from PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and research from CNN Money.

Although the rankings are aimed at the United States job market, the global nature of Information Technology means that this information is relevant to most global markets.

The rankings show that the technology market still offers some of the best job opportunities and the best future prospects for high paying and satisfying jobs.

Here are the top tech jobs, according to the CNN Money survey.

Software Architect

Software architect

Software architect

A software architect is essentially a senior and experienced computer programmer who is responsible for issues like design choices, technical standards and the bigger picture.

According to the survey, the position gives employees the “opportunity to create and shape a company’s computer strategy. More responsibility also brings higher pay for a designer who wants to trade a PC screen for the conference room.”

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Database Administrator

Database Administrator

Database Administrator

A database administrator (DBA) handles databases in an organisation. This includes the choices around databases, the installation, upgrade, configuration and monitoring of these systems.

The CNN Money survey states that the growth in data is creating great opportunities for database administrators. “DBAs are among the top-growing jobs on our list. They also command high paychecks, compared even to other tech jobs.”

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Software Developer

Software developer

Software developer

A software developer, in short, develops software. This involves researching, designing, implementing, and testing software.

What makes this job great, according to the CNN Money survey, is that developers have the freedom to go on their own or work for a company. “And with a technology boom that sees no end in sight, firms are having a hard time filling positions,” said CNN.

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IT Consultant

IT Consultants

IT Consultants

An IT consultant typically advises organizations what to do and how to do it when it comes to the use of anything information technology related to help their businesses.

Even big businesses know that high-level tech issues can be a Pandora’s box of trouble. A sharp IT consultant with the right specialty will command a premium rate and solve a company’s problems – ensuring future work down the road,” CNN Money said.

Personal satisfaction Low stress Benefit to society Flexibility
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IT Network Engineer

Network engineer

Network engineer

A network engineer makes computer networks work. They are responsible for the design and maintenance of hardware and software needed for a network. This may include local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) or personal area networks (PANs).

According to CNN, network engineers are riding high on the data boom: “Positions are out there for qualified professionals along with the opportunity for rapid advancement”.

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IT Security Consultant

IT security consultant

IT security consultant

No one likes to have their data stolen or their computer hacked. This is where a security consultant comes in – they identify and fix weaknesses in IT system.

Why is it such a cool job? “The IT world will always need good cops. Plus there’s the enormous satisfaction of keeping the bad guys out and keeping data safe,” explained CNN Money.

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The full list of top jobs available on CNN:Best tech jobs (CNN)

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