Need a Reason to Pursue a Career in IT? - 11 Fantastic Tech Jobs in 2015

Have you been considering switching to an IT career? Even if you haven't, this list of the top 11 jobs in tech (nine of which are in IT!) is a fairly compelling reason to consider it.

1. Software Developer

Median Salary: $92,660
Unemployment Rate: 2.7 percent
Expected Job Openings:139,900

Software developers make it possible for you to entertain yourself and manage productivity, whether your tastes run from "Angry Birds" to Evernote. These out-of-the-box thinkers design, test, maintain and improve applications and operating system software.

2. Computer Systems Analyst

Median Salary: $81,190
Unemployment Rate: 3.5 percent
Expected Job Openings:127,700

More than a quarter of these analysts work for computer systems design firms, but new positions should open in science, health care, banking and finance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 24.5 percent job growth for computer systems analysts by 2022.

3. Information Security Analyst

Median Salary: $88,590
Unemployment Rate: 3.5 percent
Expected Job Openings: 27,400

These analysts are tasked with staying ahead of cyberattacks and keeping company data and systems secure. They focus on risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and defense planning to prevent company or government data from security breaches.

4. Web Developer

Median Salary: $63,160
Unemployment Rate: 3.8 percent
Expected Job Openings: 28,500

These developers are responsible for the design, navigation and functions of your favorite websites. To get started in this career, you should have coding skills and be familiar with current trends in design.

5. Mechanical Engineer

Median Salary: $82,100
Unemployment Rate: 2.7 percent
Expected Job Openings: 11,600

Mechanical engineers use research, design, building and testing skills to produce safe and quality machine-driven products. After a bachelor’s degree, some employers may require a master’s, and all states require engineers to obtain a license.

6. IT Manager

Median Salary: $123,950
Unemployment Rate: 3.5 percent
Expected Job Openings: 50,900

IT managers guide companies to match modern technology to their business structure, needs and goals. While superior computer and technical skills are expected,management skills are equally important.

7. Civil Engineer

Median Salary: $80,770
Unemployment Rate: 3.4 percent
Expected Job Openings: 53,700

Responsible for designing infrastructure such as highways, tunnels, rail systems, airports, water supply and sewage systems, civil engineers may work for state or local governments as well as in the private sector. Some also pursue careers in design, construction and teaching.

8. Computer Systems Administrator

Median Salary: $74,000
Unemployment Rate: 3 percent
Expected Job Openings: 42,900

This job will grow as companies invest in new technology infrastructure. Computer systems administrators create systems to manage the workflow of companies, identify and fix network issues, and maintain equipment and software.

9. Database Administrator

Median Salary: $78,520
Unemployment Rate: 3.1 percent
Expected Job Openings: 17,900

Database administrators learn analysis and design skills on the job and build business databases to specifications. These professionals traditionally work more than 40 hours a week setting up databases to fit their employers' needs.

10. Computer Programmer

Median Salary: $76,140
Unemployment Rate: 4.2 percent
Expected Job Openings: 28,400

Computer programmers are the linguists of technology. With knowledge of C++ and Java, they create software to run our computers. Programmers mustwork collaboratively in teams to complete projects.

11. Computer Support Specialist

Median Salary: $60,180
Unemployment Rate: 6.4 percent
Expected Job Openings:123,000

These troubleshooters identify computer issues and address them quickly and efficiently. Computer support specialists need more than technical skills – they must also have superior communication skills.

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