5 of the Highest Paying Careers in Tech

5 of the Highest Paying Careers in Tech

Wondering how you can put your computer science degree to good use? The tech industry is growing fast and STEM workers are in high demand for these well-paying positions.

Here are five of the most lucrative careers in tech that require a computer science degree and experience with technology.

IT Director
Average Salary:
$100,860

IT directors are tasked with managing the information technology department of a business, which means they also responsible for a company’s IT security. Since most businesses use technology in their day to day operations, there is a great need for employees that help maintain and manage hardware, software, and security.

According to PayScale, the average salary for an IT director is $100,860 per year with a reported annual salary range of $56,619 to $179,615. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that by 2022, jobs should increase by 15% in this field, which is a bit faster than average. That means by 2022, there will be 50,900 jobs added to the current 332,700.

Education requirements for IT directors include at least a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, but many IT directors hold graduate degrees as well.

Check out openings on Monster to find IT Director Jobs in your area.

IT Manager
Average Salary:
$78,384

IT managers have a similar role to IT director, but they work underneath the director of the department. They are tasked with managing a group of IT professionals who maintain hardware, develop software, and troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise. As an IT manager you need to understand computer languages and be able to identify and correct any issues with hardware and software.

The average salary for an IT manager is $78,384 per year, according to PayScale, with a reported annual salary range of $45,293 to $125,045. The BLS predicts strong growth for this field, with a projected 12 percent increase by 2022, which comes out to an additional 42,900 jobs.

Educational requirements for an IT manager include a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science but some employers might only require a postsecondary certificate.

Check out openings on Monster to find IT Manager Jobs in your area.

Software Engineer
Average Salary:
$74,947

Software engineers are responsible for developing, testing, implementing, and maintaining software applications. You will need to have structured and logical thinking as well as a great attention to detail in order to find even the smallest of issues in lines of code.

The average salary for a software engineer is $74,947 per year with a reported annual salary range of $51,468 to $115,476, according to PayScale. The BLS predicts that growth within this field will reach 22 percent by 2022, which is faster than average. That works out to 222,600 new jobs on top of the current 1,018,000 by 2022.

Education requirements include a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field and many employers will want to see that you have experience in the field. You will need to understand and be able to use various programming languages, depending on the specific job.

Check out openings on Monster to find Software Engineer jobs in your area.

Java Developer
Average Salary:
$69,722

Java Developers are responsible for working with Java to create web-based applications such as animated drop-down menus and interactive images. You might be required to design and write programs for websites or companies, or modify existing Java script.

According to PayScale, the average salary for Java developers is $69,722 per year with a reported annual salary range of $47,169 to $106,610. The BLS predicts that the field of software development will grow 22 percent by 2022, so Java developers are facing strong job growth.

Education requirements include a certification in Java, and many companies will want to see a bachelor’s in computer science or a related area. However, it’s possible to get a job as a Java Developer without a college degree.

Check out openings on Monster to find Java Developer jobs in your area.

Database Administrator
Average Salary:
$68,592 

Database Administrators are responsible for supporting a company’s large files that contain business information. This information must be accessible to users and ready whenever a user needs to call up a file. As a database administrator, you will be responsible for implementing, configuring, maintaining, backing up, and replicating these files. You will have to consistently optimize the performance of these large databases and ensure data remains secure.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a database administrator is $68,593 per year with a reported annual salary range of $39,874 to $102,602. The BLS predicts that job growth for database administrators will grow 15 percent by 2022. That’s an additional 17,900 jobs on top of the current 118,700.

Education requirements for database administrators include a bachelor’s degree in information or computer science, or a related topic. You will most likely require some experience in the field before you can become a database administrator as well.

Check out openings on Monster to find Database Administrator jobs in your area.