10 Tech Jobs Set For Big Pay Raises In 2017

Big data, security, and developer jobs are expected to get salary boosts in the coming year, according to Robert Half’s 2017 Technology & IT Salary Guide. Here’s a look at 10 hot jobs to watch.

IT professionals looking to boost their career and salary in 2017 should take a look at new research prepared by specialized staffing agency, Robert Half, which recently published a series of new guides to help workers and employers prepare for the new year, including The Top 10 Technology Jobs to Watch for in 2017.

There’s plenty of opportunity for ambitious IT pros in today’s enterprise organizations, according to Robert Half.

“Many businesses have reached a tipping point with their IT ecosystem where it is now imperative that they significantly upgrade legacy technology, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, or migrate to new solutions,” said the Robert Half 2017 Technology & IT Salary Guide. “Other organizations are looking to simplify IT and move more processes to the cloud. Big data and security initiatives remain at the top of to-do lists for many organizations.”

The Robert Half Technology Salary Guide is created by the agency to help employers evaluate compensation trends and develop employment strategies that align with their industries and regions. The guide is created based on “our deep network to identify the latest salary ranges in the IT industry, as well as the most recent hiring and workplace trends.”

Robert Half says its salary data “is based chiefly on input from North American recruiting and staffing professionals who make thousands of full-time, temporary, and project placements each year. The projected salaries for each position reflect base pay only.”

Robert Half is forecasting that employers across North American will hire both full-time and contract professionals, including developers (web, software, and mobile applications), business intelligence analysts, database administrators, help desk and desktop support pros (especially in tiers 2 and 3), systems engineers, and systems administrators.

The firm says that its research shows that employers are increasingly willing to negotiate pay rates, which is why it’s helpful to have a strong understanding of how compensation is trending.

The following slides offer titles, US salary ranges from 2016, projected US salary ranges for 2017, and the expected percentage growth between the median salaries for each year. See how much salaries are expected to increase for each of these top 10 jobs to watch in 2017.

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Network Engineer

2016 salary range: $96,000 to $138,750

2017 salary range: $99,000 to $146,250

Projected salary growth: 4.5%

These IT pros work on network design and implementation, LAN/WAN interfacing, security, internet protocols and TCP/IP, and server and network infrastructure. They typically have at least five years of experience and a bachelor’s degree in computer science or electrical engineering. Professional certifications such as the Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) are a plus.

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Data Security Analyst

2016 salary range: $113,500 to $160,000

2017 salary range: $118,250 to $169,000

Projected salary growth: 5%

These IT security pros need a thorough understanding of all aspects of computer and network security, from firewall administration, to encryption technologies, to network protocols. They may be called upon to perform security audits, risk assessments, and analysis. They will also be responsible for researching attempted breaches and rectifying security weaknesses. These pros typically hold a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and at least three years of experience. A professional certification such as the Certified Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is a plus.

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Software Developer

2016 salary range: $91,000 to $145,250

2017 salary range: $93,000 to $155,000

Projected salary growth: 5%

Similar to the software engineer, these pros need programming skills with languages such as C#/C++, HTML, Java/Java Enterprise Edition, Microsoft .NET, and SQL server. Employers generally want a minimum of two years of programming experience. Employees typically hold a bachelor’s, or sometimes a two-year technical degree. These pros need to be detail oriented, and they have excellent problem-solving and analytical abilities. Duties include coding, testing, and debugging programs according to computer engineering specifications, as well as modifying, expanding, and updating apps.

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Network Security Administrator

2016 salary range: $103,250 to $147,000

2017 salary range: $107,750 to $155,250

Projected salary growth: 5.1%

These pros need working knowledge of network management protocols, networking architecture, authentication practices, and security administration. They should have excellent troubleshooting and communication skills. Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree in a tech field and from three to six years of relevant experience.

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Database Developer

2016 salary range: $103,250 to $153,250

2017 salary range: $108,000 to $161,500

Projected salary growth: 5.2%

These pros are experienced with at least one major database program, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, or IBM DB2. They may also hold a professional certification from Microsoft or Oracle for database administration and generally have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field, although some employers only require the experience and not the degree. Duties include developing database objects and structures, and implementing and testing database design and functionality, and tuning for performance.

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Software Engineer

2016 salary range: $103,000 to $156,250

2017 salary range: $108,250 to $164,500

Projected salary growth: 5.2%

These pros will typically work with programming languages such as C#/C++, Java, or .NET, depending on the company. They have broad information systems experience, and will be expected to work on software specifications, development, and quality assurance. They have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field.

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Web Designer

2016 salary range: $67,000 to $112,250

2017 salary range: $70,500 to $118,000

Projected salary growth: 5.2%

This job description calls for professionals with creativity and excellent design and conceptual skills, in addition to knowledge of the technology and software needed to create web pages. They must be familiar with HTML, XML, JSP, CSS, PHP, AJAX, and the related Adobe software — Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, and Flash. Web designers may have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, graphic design, or communications. Employers will generally want three or more years of design and production experience and a strong portfolio of web designs.

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Network Security Engineer

2016 salary range: $110,250 to $152,750

2017 salary range: $115,500 to $162,500

Projected salary growth: 5.7%

These are the professionals charged with translating security policies and procedures into technology architectures. They need a strong working knowledge of data and network security technology, plus at least five years of experience installing, monitoring, and maintaining network security solutions. These pros typically have a four-year degree in a technical field and a security-related IT certification.

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Big Data Engineer

2016 salary range: $129,500 to $183,500

2017 salary range: $135,000 to $196,000

Projected salary growth: 5.8%

These pros design and implement solutions for big data challenges. They gather business objectives from users and data scientists, and then they translate those objectives into data-processing workflows. They should have a strong knowledge of statistics, programming experience in Python or Java, and the ability to design and implement big data solutions. Experience with NoSQL is preferred. They should also have experience with data mining, processing large amounts of raw data, and maintaining relational databases for storage and data acquisition. These pros typically hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field and have from four to six years of experience.

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Data Scientist

2016 salary range: $109,000 to $153,750

2017 salary range: $116,000 to $163,500

Projected salary growth: 6.4%

These professionals have a range of mathematical and analytics skills, plus business knowledge. They analyze and integrate multiple data sets and make recommendations based on findings. These pros also typically have experience in programming languages, such as Python or Java, as well as a PhD.


Source: InformationWeek

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