3 Tech Careers With Rising Salaries
The technology industry is growing as a whole with tech careers on the rise. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Information Technology employment grew by 3.1% in 2015. Participants in a 2016 IT Salary Survey by Computerworld reported an average compensation increase of 3.9%, the highest year-over-year pay increase seen in the survey since 2001. The following are some of the IT specialties seeing the most robust pay increases, according to the Computerworld survey.
- IT Security. With an average pay gain of 4.6% in the survey, information security is certainly a high demand IT field. Alice Hill, managing director at technology employment site Dice.com, says “Every year the number of threats and the sophistication of those threats escalate. It’s a battle that will only continue to increase, making cybersecurity positions a priority at organizations.”
- Networking. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 2014 median wage of $75,790 for Network and Computer Systems Administrators and the Computerworld survey indicates a 4.2% salary increase. Blake Angove, director of technology services at IT staffing and recruiting firm LaSalle Network claims “Demand for network engineering skills has remained consistently high.”
- Help desk/IT support. Even on the lower end of the IT salary spectrum, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 2014 median wage of $50,380 for Computer Support Specialist and Computerworld survey respondents reported a 3.6% average pay increase. As organizations upgrade their computer systems and software, employment for computer support specialists is projected to grow at a rate faster than average for all occupations. While a bachelor’s degree is sometimes required, more often companies are looking to IT certifications as a way to validate a candidate’s skills.
Interested in one of these growing careers? RSVP for the Open House/Career Seminar, “How Anyone Can Become A Paid IT Professional In As Soon As A Few Weeks”, Saturday, April 23rd at 10am at the Carolina Career College Research Triangle Park campus.