If you want to make more money in your technology career, think about switching to a technical area that's in demand. The competition for talented employees forces companies to raise salaries to win over new employees and to keep them on board once they're hired. Here are eight technical fields that are seeing salary bumps this year.
Wireless network engineer
Company networks make use of wireless technology to let their staff work remotely; they rely on wireless network engineers to oversee their wireless LAN. Salaries for this position can range up to more than $150,000. You'll need at least a bachelor's degree in computer engineering or computer science. Certification in wireless networking is useful.
Big data engineer
The demand for big data skills, like Hadoop, is higher than ever as more companies start big data projects to make sense of the structured data in their databases and the unstructured data in other sources like online forums. Big data skills lead to big paychecks, as much as $183,500.
Like big data engineers, data scientists work on big data projects. While the engineers focus on the tasks of loading and managing the data, the data scientists perform statistical analyses to find insight in the data. Salaries for this job go over $150,000.
Mobile applications developer
Everyone has a smartphone in their pocket these days and the phones are used for much more than phone calls. Besides consumer applications, companies are building mobile versions of their corporate applications so employees can work from off-site. The mobile application developers who create these applications can earn more than $175,000.
Content strategists help companies figure out what online content is needed to support business objectives. They may determine content plans and design the user experience as well as make sure content management technology works within the corporate technical environment. Salaries range up to $109,000.
A page of solid text is boring; today's websites and mobile applications need to be dynamic and interactive. Multimedia designers combine multiple kinds of media to make websites, kiosks, and other applications compelling for end users. With good graphics skills, you'll draw a salary of up to $91,000.
User experience (UX) specialist
Deciding how users will interact with websites and applications is the job of the user experience specialist. They combine graphics skills, technical skills, and an understanding of user psychology to define the user experience. Salaries can reach $132,500.
User interface (UI) developer
Once the UX specialist defines the user experience, the UI developer does the work to implement it and build it into the application. Salaries are similar to those for UX specialists, topping out around $132,000.