According to Boston.com technology opportunities hold 5 of the top 30 fastest growing jobs by the year 2016 that pay top dollar.
From personal experience, I can tell you these jobs are here now in 2014-2015. The list below does not include specialized roles such as CISCO Network Engineers or Java Developers which are in top demand today.
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1. Network systems and data communications analyst
Projected increase in 2016: 53.4 percent
Number employed in 2006: 262,000
Median pay in 2006: $67,460
Education/training: Most jobs require a bachelor’s degree, although some only require a two-year degree. Employers also place a high value on relevant work experience.
Job outlook: This profession will grow because, as businesses implement more and newer technology, more professionals will be needed to monitor efficiency and set up networks.
4. Computer applications software engineers
Projected increase in 2016: 44.6 percent
Number employed in 2006: 507,000
Median pay in 2006: $82,000
Education/training: Requirements may vary from job to job, but in 2006, eight in 10 workers held at least a bachelor’s degree. Knowledge and experience with a variety of computer systems is also a major plus.
Job outlook: This industry will grow as computer networking grows, and businesses seek to become more efficient using emerging technology.
23. Computer systems analysts
Projected increase in 2016: 29 percent
Number employed in 2006: 504,000
Median pay in 2006: $72,230
Education/training: Education requirements vary throughout the industry, but most employers expect at least a bachelor’s degree. Field experience is nearly as important.
Job outlook: Job growth in this sector won’t be as strong as it was during the ‘90s, but it will continue to increase as companies continually adopt new technology.
24. Database administrators
Projected increase in 2016: 28.6 percent
Number employed in 2006: 119,000
Median pay in 2006: $67,460
Education/training: At least a bachelor’s degree in computer science is necessary, but a master’s in business administration, with a focus on information systems, is growing more common and desirable.
Job outlook: As businesses continue to rely more heavily on technology there will be a demand for professionals that can create and manage databases that store information on customers, inventory, and projects.
25. Computer software and systems software engineers
Projected increase in 2016: 28.2 percent
Number employed in 2006: 350,000
Median pay in 2006: $87,250
Education/training: A bachelor’s degree and experience with a variety of software and systems are a must. However, engineers are expected to continue to educate themselves in the latest technology.
Job outlook: This occupation will grow as the demand for computer networking skills, particularly at companies, increases. The need for new Internet applications, system safety, and upgrading are a few of the specific needs this job handles.