Best Technology High Paying Jobs

Fall is in the air, and the smell of pumpkin spice fills the malls. You may have the Halloween decorations up, but there’s nothing scary about the job market. Tech industry jobs remain hotter than ever.

The leaves are changing, and it might be a good time for you to make a change as well. Tech companies are looking for fresh new talent like you. Check out all the opportunities waiting for you.



1-Data scientist

Median annual salary: $108,000
Job satisfaction: 4.3/5

What data scientists do: While data science is a diverse field with a wide range of responsibilities depending on the company, all data scientists evaluate data to provide creative insight. Duties typically include creating machine-based learning tools for use by the tech company, such as recommendation engines or expanded artificial intelligence (A.I.) functions. Data scientists also typically collect, clean, and organize data, and perform statistical and predictive analysis.

Skills Required:

Strong understanding of statistical theory and applications. Strong knowledge and hands-on experience with machine learning and/or big data techniques (Spark, Pig, Hive)

Exceptional coding skills and experience with at least one high-level programming language (Python, Java or equivalent)



2-Software engineer

Median annual salary: $104,000
Job satisfaction: 3.6/5

What software engineers do: Software engineers use knowledge of engineering principles and programming languages to design, develop, and install software and systems. This role can start as an entry-level position, with the opportunity to be promoted to senior software engineer roles. 

Skills Required:

Proficiency in multiple programming languages such as Java, MySQL/Oracle/DB, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
Expertise with SQL, relational data modeling, and basic database schema design
Experience working across complex enterprise systems to enhance current processes and procedures, while ensuring the validity of enterprise data



3-DevOps engineer

Median annual salary: $106,000
Job satisfaction: 4.1/5

What DevOps engineers do: DevOps engineers automate and streamline existing systems and processes, as well as build and maintain tools for deployment, operations, and monitoring systems. They also diagnose and resolve issues in development, testing, and production environments.

Skills Required:

Scripting skills in languages such as Bash, Ant, Python, Gradle, Maven, and Ruby
Experience with object-oriented design, data structures, and multithreaded algorithms
Experience with cloud-based infrastructure environments



4-Security engineer

Median annual salary: $102,000
Job satisfaction: 3.8/5

What security engineers do: Security Engineers protect computer networks and systems. They devise and carry out strategies to monitor and protect sensitive data and systems from infiltration and cyberattacks.

Skills Required:

Expertise in disaster recovery, computer forensic tools, technologies, and methods
Expertise in coding languages, and the ability to understand mobile and malicious code
Experience with antivirus software, intrusion detection, firewalls, and content filtering
Understanding of risk-assessment tools, technologies, and methods
Bonus if candidate has a computer science or information technology degree



5-Data analyst

Median annual salary: $60,000
Job satisfaction: 3.9/5

What data analysts do: Data analyst duties include developing frameworks for data, analytics, and strategy development, as well as implementing data-analysis tools and providing user training. Other duties include collecting and analyzing data sets from diverse sources to inform business decisions and make accurate predictions. Tracking and monitoring internal and external data are other duties.

Skills Required:

Ability to analyze large data sets and filter relevant data sets
Attention to detail, an analytical mind, and problem-solving ability
Experience in data modeling and reporting software
Ability to write actionable reports in clear language



6-Solutions architect

Median annual salary: $127,900
Job satisfaction: 3.6/5

What solutions architects do: Solution architects manage complex processes to solve business problems using technology. Duties include defining features, phases, and solution requirements to address issues and weaknesses and determining the best tech solution to solve problems while also explaining the solution to project stakeholders to achieve buy-in.

Skills Required:

IT infrastructure and cloud development
Engineering and software architectural design
Working experience in various areas of IT
Project and product management



7-Systems engineer

Median annual salary: $90,000
Job satisfaction: 3.5/5

What systems engineers do: System engineers combine knowledge of engineering and coding to implement computer systems for businesses and organizations. Most job descriptions require system design and analysis, as well as communication, mathematical, and business skills. They implement new systems, evaluate performance, and correct software errors in existing systems. Responsibilities may include preparing progress and specifications reports, maintaining inventory, and overseeing payroll.

Skills Required:

Knowledge of network hardware and operating systems
Strong communication skills
Experience with planning design, technical review, and implementation of new network infrastructure
Experience with troubleshooting and fixing networks and systems
Bonus if they have a computer science- or computer-related degree



8-Software developer

Median annual salary: $80,000
Job satisfaction: 3.5/5

What software developers do: Software developer responsibilities include designing, testing, implementing, and managing software programs. They are also charged with modifying existing programs to meet company needs, developing quality-assurance testing methods, training users, and evaluating the software for its efficiency and usability. They may also implement programs, integrate systems, train users, and monitor systems.

Skills Required:

Coding in languages such as Java, Python, C#/.Net, Mean, and Ruby
Problem-solving and analytical thinking
Experience in software testing and debugging
Expertise in object-oriented design



9-UX designer

Median annual salary: $89,000
Job satisfaction: 3.7/5

What UX designers do: UX designers are responsible for the look and feel of websites. Using product specifications, user psychology, and research data, they work with web developers to create website concepts and conduct usability tests to evaluate design success. They find creative ways to address usability and findability issues, and use the knowledge gained to develop wireframes and prototypes to meet customer needs.

Skills Required:

Proficiency in design software such as UXPin and Balsamiq
HTML/CSS and JavaScript skills
Project-management and research experience
Experience as a UX or UI designer, or similar role



10-Systems administrator

Median annual salary: $68,000
Job satisfaction: 3.6/5

What systems administrators do: System administrators are responsible for providing technical support for both hardware and software issues. They manage the configuration and operation of client-based computer operating systems, monitor systems, and respond to security issues. Job duties also include maintaining secure data backups, and monitoring and upgrading systems, processes, and security measures. They will also be expected to install and test new system hardware.

Skills Required:

Knowledge of system vulnerabilities and security issues
Understanding of industry goals and practices
System administration experience
Experience with VMware



11-Applications engineer

Median annual salary: $77,000
Job satisfaction: 4/5

What applications engineers do: Application Engineers gather customer input and sales information and use it to design or redesign, develop, test, and implement complex software programs and applications based on user needs. Job duties include designing, developing, implementing, and testing new applications, upgrading existing software, and providing technical support.

Skills Required:

Software and coding skills specific to the job
Strong quantitative skills
Experience in engineering or development
Ability to collaborate across interdisciplinary teams



12-Data engineer

Median annual salary: $100,000
Job satisfaction: 3.9/5

What data engineers do: Data engineers build systems to handle big data. They design, develop, build, test, and maintain architectures, including databases and large-scale data-processing systems. They are responsible for finding ways to acquire and filter data, and developing high-performance algorithms for data use, such as predictive modeling and proof of concepts. Responsibilities also include creating and implementing a disaster-recovery plan.

Skills Required:

Knowledge of Hadoop-based technologies, SQL-based technologies, NoSQL technologies, data-modeling tools, and various coding languages including Python, C/C++ or Java, Perl
Statistical analysis and modeling
Predictive modeling, neuro-linguistic programming, machine learning, and text analysis experience
Experience with data-warehousing solutions



13-Product manager

Median annual salary: $115,000
Job satisfaction: 3.8/5

What product managers do: Product managers are responsible for developing products from start to finish. They conduct market research to identify potential products, devise product requirements, write specifications, set production timelines and benchmarks, assign responsibilities, and monitor the project from end-to-end. They may also set pricing, as well as develop marketing strategies and rollout schedule.  

Skills Required:

Ability to identify new products, as well as develop products and marketing strategies
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience in software development and web technologies
Product-management experience



14-Java developer

Median annual salary: $85,000
Job satisfaction: 3.7/5

What Java developers do: Java developers create user information system solutions by designing and developing high-volume, low-latency applications. Responsibilities include determining and defining user needs, writing specifications, and developing, testing, and implementing solutions.

Skills Required:

Knowledge of relational databases, SQL and ORM technologies
Object-oriented analysis and design skills using common design patterns
Product-management experience
Java development experience



15-Sales engineer

Median annual salary: $90,000
Job satisfaction: 4.1/5

What sales engineers do: Technical sales engineers provide clients with technical advice and introduce new products. Responsibilities include identifying new markets and clients, conducting sales meetings, negotiating contracts, and providing information, training, and technical support to clients.

Skills Required:

Strong technical knowledge
The ability to communicate highly technical information in language easily understood by end users
Technical sales experience

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