Friday, May 23 2014

Tech Skills that Produce Cash

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IT Salaries for Hot Tech Jobs

In the IT industry, there’s often a shortage of talent—not for generally skilled IT professionals, but for talent with specific skills. Technology is driven by change, and companies are willing to pay more for IT candidates who can deliver the hot, new must-have skills.

This list includes 20 of the most in-demand skill sets for IT pros, and how much companies are willing to pay for candidates who can perform in these areas.

Interactive Designer Jobs

Current salary range: $90,000 to $110,000

Why they’re wanted: Changing consumer tastes are driving the desire for interactive technologies, from apps to in-store displays. Even Facebook is fueling the demand for interaction—the mega-social media platform purchased Oculus VR, a startup virtual reality company, earlier this year.

Companies in the retail sector and businesses relying on social media are looking to hire interactive designers to work with and implement these new technologies.

Middleware Engineer Jobs

Current salary range: $90,000 to $110,000

Why they’re wanted: Java is a staple skill for many IT pros, but many companies today are looking for engineers with specific Java skills—namely, troubleshooting and application servers. Businesses are switching from or augmenting their legacy IT systems, and troubleshooting is in demand, especially for engineers who can also focus on security.

C# / .Net Developer Jobs

Current salary range: $90,000 to $125,000

Why they’re wanted: While these are classic skills in relation to the age of technology, C# and .Net developers are still in high demand. In addition, developers who also have experience with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) may command higher salaries of $130,000 to $150,000.

PHP Developer Jobs

Current salary range: $90,000 to $125,000

Why they’re wanted: Another skill set that’s been around for a while, companies are still seeking PHP developers—especially those with experience in scripting websites and applications. The rise of open source software is contributing to the demand for this IT skill.

Quality Assurance Engineer Jobs

Current salary range: $100,000 to $120,000

Why they’re wanted: More companies than ever are getting into the software solutions and applications market, and that means QA is a must. The crucial nature of quality control testing for security and speed-to-market translates to healthy salaries for skilled QA engineers.

Systems Engineer Jobs

Current salary range: $100,000 to $125,000

Why they’re wanted: Previously, systems engineers worked primarily in administration and system management, but more companies are looking for those who have experience with scripting and programming. Today’s systems engineers who can expand their roles beyond admin and disaster recovery are able to command higher salaries.

Drupal Developer Jobs

Current salary range: $100,000 to $130,000

Why they’re wanted: Drupal may have reached a feverish high point in 2013, but the demand for developers skilled in this platform is still going strong. Many companies—including the federal government—are looking for Drupal developers with both PHP experience and knowledge of specific Drupal APIs.

User Interface / User Experience Developer Jobs

Current salary range: $110,000 to $130,000

Why they’re wanted: Hiring companies, particularly in the marketing, retail, and software industries, are looking for developers with user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) skills. The most valued experience in these areas is with mobile devices, but any work with UI or UX can land a well-paying gig.

Network / Systems Security Engineers Jobs

Current salary range: $110,000 to $125,000

Why they’re wanted: The demand for skills in network and systems security protocols is primarily fueled by the prevalence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) workplace programs, and the increasing need for mobile device management (MDM). With several recent high-profile security breaches, especially in the retail sector, companies are paying closer attention to mobile security.

Data Architect Jobs

Current salary range: $110,000 to $150,000

Why they’re wanted: Everyone’s buzzing about Big Data—so naturally, companies are willing to pay more for experts in this arena. IT pros with experience in Hadoop, MongoDB, Hive, and Cloudera can especially anticipate salaries on the higher end, but the primary skills sought are data integration and large-scale platform consolidation.

iOS Developer Jobs

Current salary range: $120,000 to $150,000

Why they’re wanted: Apple products show no sign of decreasing in popularity, and apps are a vital marketing strategy for a range of industries. If you’ve worked on an iOS application, or successfully built and released one independently, you have in-demand skills that will be rewarded with a great salary.

Big Data Engineering Jobs

Current salary range: $125,000 to $145,000

Why they’re wanted: Once again, mention Big Data and companies are all over the possibilities. In the case of engineers, employers are looking for those with experience in data warehousing, particularly on the Hadoop, Cloudera, or Netezza platforms.

Data Scientist Jobs

Current salary range: $125,000 to $155,000

Why they’re wanted: The more Big Data, the merrier. IT professionals with Big Data platform and machine learning experience can be paid very well to use analytics tools and translate their findings into decisions that improve the company’s bottom line.

Android Developer Jobs

Current salary range: $135,000 to $165,000

Why they’re wanted: While iOS apps and products still command the popular majority among consumers, Android developers can expect to earn more thanks to the complexity of the various platforms and toolkits used on the job. The more high-profile brand experience you have, the better salary you can expect to earn.

DevOps Jobs

Current salary range: $135,000 to $170,000

Why they’re wanted: DevOps professionals conquer the vital challenge of blending IT and business. If you are experienced, a great communicator, and have a variety of hard and soft skills that help you facilitate operations between tech and business departments, companies are willing to pay for your skills.

Front-End Developer Jobs

Current salary range: $140,000 to $150,000

Why they’re wanted: Modern consumers demand to be impressed. Professionals with front-end experience can command high salaries for sleek, attention-grabbing website and application development.

Security Architect Jobs

Current salary range: $150,000 to $175,000

Why they’re wanted: There’s a huge demand for IT pros who can design and build secure systems, across every industry and market sector. In an increasingly digital world, security is more vital than ever—and salaries reflect that.

Our salary data has been compiled from various resources including Salary.com, Indeed, and CIO.com. If you are looking for tech jobs in San Francisco, contact our team today.