Top 10 IT jobs in USA & average salaries 2017

This is the list of the 2017 top IT jobs in USA according to Indeed.com. At InfluxMoney.com we are always talking about how you can build up assets, create your own business and by consequence leave the rat race, but in many cases, positioning yourself in a good paying job can be part of the process for future financial independence.

Indeed.com has released their list of the best jobs of 2017, curated from job postings, salary and growth opportunity statistics. No much surprise that most of the jobs are related to IT. Although Indeed is not only IT oriented (they are certainly strong as job search engine for most professions), the top jobs are related to IT because the area has huge demand, and typically has high average salaries.

Top Jobs + average salaries

Seven of the top ten jobs are software engineers and developers .Some of the highest paying positions ranked in the top ten include full stack developers, data scientists, development operations engineers, Salesforce specialists and cloud engineers.

As we are talking about average salaries, remember that you might find roles offering salaries significantly higher or lower salaries. Also, it is hard for any statistical analysis of jobs to consider company benefits, which can easily out balance cold salary figures, depending on your primary job search goals.

Full stack Developer

Average Salary: $110,000

The most popular IT developer occupation today, Full-Stack Web Developer is someone who is able to work on any part of the process of writing an application, working on the “front-end” and “back-end”. Front-end refers to the portion of an application that has user interaction, and the back-end is the part of the application that handles the logic, server configuration, database interactions, user authentication, etc.

Full stack developers will be specialised in one or more of the programming languages below:

Note: SQL and IOS aren’t programming languages, but they are certainly skills required for many full stack developer jobs.

Data Scientist

Average Salary: $130,000

 

Data scientists can be also be referred as big data analysts. They are professionals who can take an enormous mass of messy data (unstructured or structured) and use math, statistics and programming  skills to logically organize the data, transforming it in something useful for the organization.

“A data scientist is someone who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.”

 

DevOps Engineer

Average Salary: $123,000

Also known as “Development Operations Engineer”, DevOps engineers are either developers who get interested in deployment and network operations, or sysadmins who have a passion for scripting and coding, and move into the development  where they can improve the planning of test and deployment.

Typically, a DevOps engineer will have:

  • Ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and tools
  • Ability to code and script
  • Experience with systems and IT operations
  • Comfort with with frequent, incremental code testing and deployment
  • Strong grasp of automation tools
  • Data management skills

Salesforce Administrator

Average Salary: $89,000

Salesforce is a CRM offering cloud to develop applications, software. Salesforce having wide range of tools and features like App analytics, Wave app for B2B Marketing solutions and finance, with lot of benefits like data security, data integration and much more.

Salesforce has grown exponentially over the years, the ecosystem we have created has become much bigger than Salesforce itself. There are now business analysts, implementation consultants, developers and admins that have built their career on the Salesforce platform.

Basically, the administrator looks into the processes in every department of a company, and recommends solutions to help streamline those processes. Most of the time, that involves customizing or implementing a feature in Salesforce, but at times, it can also involve bringing in another application that can solve a specific need.

Although average salaries are not yet on the 6 figures, Salesforce Admins are in high demand. Companies, especially in the US, are realizing the potential and value Salesforce Admins bring and are making serious human capital investments.

IT engineer

Average Salary: $86,000

IT engineers are usually responsible for fixing and maintaining a company’s IT systems; this is vital because these systems enable organisations to operate and communicate with one another.

This career can be certainly more stressful than “developing focused” areas, as most organizations strongly rely on their IT systems, and if there are outages, the organization itself stops working. This can create a chaotic scenario in the company, as if the company can’t operate, profits can’t be made.

Most of IT engineers would have duties that can include:

  • Monitor, Identify and resolve systems issues
  • Develop small applications, usually in the format of scripts to do specific background tasks
  • Configure servers and network appliances

Salesforce Developer

Average Salary: $108,000

 

Salesforce provides a platform to develop in the application. It reduces the code and increases the efficiency of development.  Someone can be working on Salesforce.com’s products or platform to build solutions/apps or provide support to customers.

Typical activities could include:

  • Configuring CRM products like Sales Cloud/Service cloud.
  • Developing and maintaining pages using Visualforce and apex
  • Integrating SalesForce to and with other systems using APIs
  • Developing and maintaining custom apps or sites on Force.com platform
  • Develop lightning applications

Quality Engineer

Average Salary: $71,000

Creates, maintains and manages technical quality assurance processes and procedures to assess efficiency, validity, value and functional performance of computer systems and environments, and audits systems to ensure compliance with, and adherence to, accredited internal and external industry quality standards and regulations.

Digital Project Manager

Average Salary: $73,000

Digital project management is the process of managing online projects from concept to completion within budget and using a certain amount of resources. It involves, planning, delegating, tracking, reviewing, and measuring results; many times all done using a project management software.

The goal of every project is different, but the overarching objective is to grow business and see valuable ROI (Return Of Investment) from the project. Types of projects can range from events to content digital projects.

Digital project manager job descriptions can range based on type of project and/or tool the company uses to manage those projects. Some companies might require a project manager that already has experience with a specific tool or technology. Others might just assume that project management is a leading role with similar objectives, that aren’t focused on specific technologies core to the project.

Cloud Engineer

Average Salary: $118,000

 

The professional in this role can be responsible for any technological duties associated with cloud computing, including design, planning, management, maintenance and support. Companies that hire cloud engineers are often looking to deploy cloud services or further their cloud understanding and technology.

Cloud engineers usually need to be familiar with programming languages including Java, Python and Ruby. Many companies looking to hire cloud engineers seek experience with Linux, Amazon Web Services, Google compute engine, Microsoft Azure and Docker. Experience with APIs, orchestration, automation, DevOps and databases can also be important.

Analytics Manager

Average Salary: $105,000

This professional usually would manage a team of business data analysts that use business data and statistical methods to provide insight into business performance and suggest area and methods of improving operations. The analytics manager would also:

  • Implements and oversees the analytical approaches and methodologies.
  • Presents insight and recommendations to management for decision making and strategic planning.
  • Controls and develops internal/external information sources for business analysis.
  • Reports to the head of a unit/department.
  • Manages subordinate staff in the day-to-day performance of their jobs.

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