The technology industry is innovative, expanding — and lucrative. If you’re interested in STEM, it makes sense to pursue a job in this area. When it comes down to specifics though, things can get a little trickier. The tech job market moves with the economy, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on industry trends. Just recently, Robert Half Technology, a technology staffing agency, released a report on salary trends for technology and IT jobs in 2017. Let’s take a closer look at the four top tech jobs to watch in 2017.
Projected salary growth: 6.4 percent. Projected salary range: $116,000 – $163,500.
According to this report, data scientists are poised to have a great year in 2017. Data scientists are responsible for mining complex data and analyzing it, often with a team of other IT professionals. They develop new systems and models based on the needs of their company and information gained through their research. In addition to related IT skills, these professionals often possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and they should be good at working in, and leading, teams.
Projected salary growth: 5.8 percent. Projected salary range: $135,000 – $196,000.
Big data engineers should expect significant increases in 2017. These talented professionals work closely with other data engineers, and data scientists, to process and interpret data. They identify trends in these larger data sets, and organize and maintain them. They are also responsible for translating and building computer algorithms into code. Sometimes data engineers’ work schedules are flexible and they’re able to work from home, but many still work in a traditional office setting. They must have excellent programming skills in addition to strong communication and problem-solving abilities.
Projected salary growth: 5.7 percent. Projected salary range: $115,500 – $162,500.
These tech professionals will continue to be in increasing demand in 2017. Network security engineers monitor and track security concerns and track overall performance. They also work hard to protect systems and servers by maintaining firewalls, web, and email security programs. Some network security positions require some travel, but many work in a single location.
Projected salary growth: 5.1 percent. Projected salary range: $108,000 – $161,500.
Database developers often work closely with other members of a development team to find the best solutions and procedures to enhance performance. They monitor and troubleshoot systems as needed. Database developers are primarily responsible for maintaining databases and analyzing them for continual improvement. These folks have to be able to learn new technical skills quickly.
See the report from Robert Half Technology for more information.
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