Top 10 Technology Jobs

February 01, 2012 |

Based on current trends, what are the fastest-growing technology jobs out there? The Chicago Tribune, based on industry growth projections from ComputerWorld, has assembled a top-10 list of fast-growing tech jobs. Below are the jobs plus their descriptions based on the Department of Labor. For more guides and tips on tech occupations, plus veteran-friendly listings for jobs, visit Military.com Veteran Job Search.

Network architect
Projected employment growth rate: 53 percent
Average salary: $110,251 
Job description: Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
Network architect jobs on Monster.com

Application developer
Projected employment growth rate: 32 percent
Average salary: $110,953
Job description: Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Application developer jobs on Monster.com

Software engineer/architect
Projected employment growth rate: 32 percent
Average salary: $101,820
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.
Software engineer jobs on Monster.com

Web developer
Projected employment growth rate: 53 percent
Average salary: $72,014
job description: Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.
Web developer jobs on Monster.com

Information security specialist
Projected employment growth rate: 23 percent
Average salary: $89,088
Job description: Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
Information security specialist jobs on Monster.com

Database administrator
Projected employment growth rate: 20 percent
Average salary: $89,316
job description: Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.
Database administrator jobs on Monster.com

Computer and information systems manager
Projected employment growth rate: 17 percent
Average salary: $93,975
Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Computer and information systems manager jobs on Monster.com

Computer systems analyst
Projected employment growth rate: 20 percent
Average salary: $74,667
Job description: Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
Computer systems analyst jobs on Monster.com

Computer support specialist
Projected employment growth rate: 14 percent
Average salary: $56,177
Job description: Provide technical assistance, support, and advice to individuals and organizations that depend on information technology. They work within organizations that use computer systems, for computer hardware or software vendors, or for third-party organizations that provide support services on a contract basis, such as help-desk service firms.
Computer support specialist jobs on Monster.com

Computer programmer
Projected employment growth rate: -3 percent
Average salary: $76,953
Job description: Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Computer programmer jobs on Monster.com

 

 

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Comments

  1. Liam says:

    The problem with these type of jobs & I sleap from experience is that the software changes every year, and to keep up with the technology is like a horse at a race…without the finish line. This profession does not take into consideration the Human factor..

  2. Gerry says:

    I got out of the military in 1990 as a disabled vet and went into the IT field with a Fortune 100 company. The hours were long, and the work was demanding, but no more demanding than what I did in the military. 22 years later, I am a chief technology officer (CTO) and completing my PhD. It all depends on how much you want to succeed. You are going to have to commit to stay current in any field … computers and programming is no different. Never stop learning!

    • marybeth says:

      Awesome story. Unfortunately, not all are that lucky. My husband retired in 2004 and even went back to school to get an Associates hoping that a formal degree would help with even an entry level position int he IT field….still looking today. Difficult not to get discouraged. If only there were a direct connect network of vets in the field who could others get a foot in, maybe that could make a difference. We know that there are none more dedicated, loyal and trainable that a vet. My husbands philosophy is much the same as yours and is always telling our son's to never stop learning. It's just difficult to seem credible when practicing what he preaches hasn't paid off for so long. Thanks for your story…it does help to be reminded and motivated.

  3. HD Airman77 says:

    As a CSM (Certified Scrum Professional)Technical Project Manager an individual can make $125-150K /year in San Francisco, LA, NYC, Chicago and anywhere from $75-$100K/year in other cities.

    I am in the Air Force Reserves and have been in this field for over 7 years in my civilian job. Its not about luck or a college certificate and can tell you first hand that if you have leadership skills and a remote ambition to stay on top of technology – hunger to learn as the retired veteran turned CTO mentions above – you can make a good living.

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