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These IT jobs could experience massive salary growth this year

A new study identifies the top-paying tech jobs for 2016, along with the most popular job titles and skills.

These IT jobs could experience massive salary growth this year

Jobs in big data, mobile applications and more are predicted to see significant salary growth in 2016, according to staffing company Robert Half Technology’s 2016 Salary Guide. A comprehensive forecast for this year’s tech job marketplace, the study identifies a number of growth areas in both pay and hiring demand.

In terms of salary growth, big data engineers were identified as the year’s most potentially lucrative position, with 8.9% growth and a projected salary range of $129,500 to $183,500. Chalk it up to the rise of predictive data tools in industries as varied as manufacturing and agriculture, providing a kind of industrial analogue to the consumer-driven Internet of things.

These are the other jobs that round out the top 10 fastest-growing IT salaries for 2016:

 

1. Big Data Engineer

Projected salary growth: +8.9%

Salary range: $129,500-$183,500

 

2. Mobile applications developer

Projected salary growth: +8.2%

Salary range: $115,250-$175,750

 

3. Content strategist

Projected salary growth: +8.1%

Salary range: $77,500-$109,000

 

4. Data security analyst

Projected salary growth: +7.1%

Salary range: $113,500-$160,000

 

5. User experience specialist

Projected salary growth: +5.9%

Salary range: $86,500-$132,500

 

6. Compliance director (10+ years’ experience)

Projected salary growth: +5.8%

Salary range: $118,250-$138,500

 

7. Business systems analyst – manager

Projected salary growth: +5.2%

Salary range: $95,500-$120,750

 

8. Staff accountant (1-3 years’ experience)

Projected salary growth: +5.1%

Salary range: $56,250-$73,250

 

9. Certified medical coding manager

Projected salary growth: +4.8%

Salary range: $72,750-$96,250

 

10. Lawyer (4-9 years’ experience)

Projected salary growth: +4.7%

Salary range: $102,750-$175,750

 

As for in what fields you can expect to find these and other IT roles, financial services, health care and telecommunications were named some of the top growth areas for tech jobs in 2016. Wearable tech was also identified a particularly hot market and potential driver of tech job creation—81% of CIOs think wearable devices will become broadly adopted in the workplace.

But in a field where demand can exceed the number of applicants, the study suggested that employers may need to shift their approach to IT hiring. “More firms are now looking to grow their own talent, upping their investment in developing high-potential internal employees and making more entry-level hires,” the study reads. “Employers are also more willing to ‘stretch,’ helping a candidate to fit into a role versus waiting to find someone who meets all of their hiring criteria.”

The study goes on to break down the most in-demand tech positions by region, with web developers topping the list on the west coast, while network engineers were named the most sought-after role in New England. The most important skills for employers, meanwhile, include coding languages like ASP, C#, Python and Ruby, as well as virtualization and Windows 7 skills.

“Highly skilled and experienced IT professionals, even those who aren’t actively seeking jobs, often receive multiple offers,” the study reads. “And the employment offers are fiercely competitive: Above-market pay and other attractive financial incentives are common, and offers may include stock options, flexible work schedules and other perks.”

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