We use technology more than ever these days to stay connected to our friends and family, get up-to-date on the latest and greatest happenings in our world and sometimes just to pass the time. With all the computers, tablets, smartphones and other high-tech devices our society is dependent on, we need the skills of professionals in technology jobs to make our obsession with tech possible.
The Labor Department predicts that tech jobs will grow faster than the average for all jobs at a rate of 12 percent this decade, but it’s not just hiring demand that makes this industry one to watch. U.S. News’ Best Technology Jobs of 2017 are also high-paying jobs that boast low unemployment rates.
Check out what makes these gigs so great, and read more on how we rank the best jobs.
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts must have a diverse skill set. The position requires information technology and business knowledge. These analysts custom design computer systems and processes for clients. From 2014 to 2024, the BLS predicts 118,600 job openings in the field.
Software developers need to be innovative, creative and, of course, technical in order to succeed in this field. They might write new code or fix bugs in code to make it work better. The BLS predicts 19 percent employment growth with more than 135,000 new jobs opening up by 2024.
Our increasingly digital workplace demands more IT managers, who coordinate computer-related activities for an organization. Duties include analyzing and recommending computer needs, installing and maintaining computer hardware and software, securing an office’s network and electronic documents and searching for new technologies and upgrade opportunities. The BLS expects employment to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Web developers create everything you see on your favorite websites, from the special effects to the search functionality. This is also one of the fastest-growing jobs for 2016, and it oftentimes requires only an associate degree if you have the desire to code. The Labor Department predicts a 27 percent employment growth by 2024.
Computer Network Architect
If you’ve ever saved something to the cloud, then you’ve depended on the handiwork of a computer network architect. These professionals design, build and maintain a variety of data communication networks, from expansive cloud infrastructures to smaller intranets. According to the BLS, the computer network architecture profession is growing at a rate of 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, which should result in 12,700 new jobs.more
While the pronunciation of the word “data” always seems to be up for debate, the importance of protecting said data is not. Database administrators set up databases according to a company’s requirements, in addition to maintaining its operations and implementing the appropriate security measures. According to the BLS, 13,400 new database administrator positions will open.
Information Security Analyst
As concern about cybersecurity grows, so does the demand for information security analysts. The BLS predicts employment to grow 18 percent between 2014 and 2024. It is the duty of these professionals to prepare and carry out security measures that protect a company’s computer networks and systems.more
Computer Support Specialist
A computer support specialist’s job is a combination of customer service and troubleshooting. These specialists help computer owners and users troubleshoot and fix problems. The BLS projects 88,800 new jobs will open in the field from 2014 to 2024.more
Computer Systems Administrator
Computer systems administrators perform duties ranging from identifying and fixing network issues to updating equipment and software. These administrators are in demand. From 2014 to 2024, the BLS projects that 30,200 jobs will be added to the field.more
Computer programmers write the code that makes software programs run. In addition to writing and converting code and maintaining and testing software and programs, a huge part of this job involves problem solving. Programmers address issues that arise when converting programs into code and debug when necessary. According to the BLS, employment in the field is expected to decline 8 percent from 2014 to 2024 because companies may hire computer programmers from other countries with lower wages.more
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