Computer Networking Salary 2013
Trying to determine your ideal IT career path? Want to know which computer jobs will be in the greatest demand, offer the highest salaries and best opportunities for advancement once you finish training? ITCareerFinder assembled this comparison of the decade’s hottest technology careers to serve as your guide. These 10 computer jobs will experience the fastest growth through 2020, pay salaries well above the national average, boast top employment rates and offer a range of advancement opportunities.
Compare the best computer jobs by employment projections, key growth factors and salary, then click the link of your favorite IT career path(s) for deep dive job profiles featuring skills and responsibilities, desirable certifications, salary analyses, education requirements, training & degree programs, local job openings and tips from IT insiders.
Methodology used to discover this decade’s best computer jobs centered around a 4-point weighted analysis of employment growth forecasts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’, IT salaries from Indeed.com, the ratio of job listings to qualified applicants on leading technology job boards, and potential for upward mobility based on interviews with IT/employment subject matter experts and 2012's IT hiring trends.
Mobile Application Developer
Mobile App Developer Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020Key Growth FactorsMobile application development is one of the world's fastest growing occupations. As smart phones and tablets continue to change the way we communicate, do business, and access news & entertainment, the demand for new and innovative mobile apps is growing at an incredible speed. This increased demand translates to one of the largest IT skills gaps ever realized – there are simply more mobile app development job openings than skilled application developers to fill them. Google's Android and Apple's iOS (iPhone & iPad) platforms will continue to offer the most job opportunities for mobile developers; view this graph for a breakdown of mobile OS market share.
Database Administrator Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
- 10-Year Growth Pct: 31% (much faster than avg.)†
- 10-Year Growth Volume: 33, 900 new jobs
- Average Salary: $82, 000
Key Growth FactorsBusinesses are accumulating record amounts of digital information, spurring the need for trained and certified DBAs to store, organize, analyze and secure this data. In addition, as more databases are connected to the Internet and cloud, data security will become increasingly vital & complex; database administrators and developers - especially those with information security skills - will be hired to protect corporate databases from hackers and other security threats.
Software Engineer Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsThe demand for software engineers will rise along with technological advancements and the proliferation of emerging network technologies. For example, increased corporate adoption of cloud and virtualization strategies will create a surge in demand for applications software engineers who can design and develop secure web-based programs. Likewise, as the sophistication and adoption of electronic data-processing systems continues to rise, the need to implement and upgrade to these new computer systems will fuel job creation for systems software engineers.
Video Game Designer
Video Game Designer Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsThe $65+ billion dollar gaming industry has more than tripled in size over the last decade with no signs of slowing. Beyond the booming market for traditional console and PC games, the increased popularity, processing power and graphics capabilities of mobile devices has unlocked a new world of employment opportunities for game designers, artists and programmers. Video game designers with mobile software development expertise will be especially sought after as smart phones & tablets, such as the iPhone and iPad, continue to change how video games are accessed and played. Game designers will also benefit from growing public and private sector demand for intelligent simulation programs, e.g., military flight simulators.
Network Administrator Employment Projections | 2010 - 2020
Key Growth FactorsDemand for network administrators will continue to rise as organizations invest in new systems and network technologies to increase productivity and gain a competitive advantage. The rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones – and "Bring your own device" (BYOD) policies – into corporate culture means more organizations will use the Internet to conduct business online, translating to increased job opportunities for network administrators and network managers who can help businesses securely utilize these emerging technologies to communicate with employees and customers.