Top IT Careers for 2013

11 January, 2013 | Della Wyler | Uncategorized

Technology is ever changing as people and corporations continue to evolve into mass communicating and mass producing machines. Organizations are investing more money than ever before into technology so that they can increase their digital presence locally and worldwide. Because of this, you can expect to see a spike in not only the demand for IT related positions, but also in the starting salaries for information technology professionals. Corporations are recognizing the value technology can have on success, and are making moves to ensure their firms are equipped with qualified IT personnel who can add value, efficiencies, and insights to their technological capabilities.

With every new technology launch, the gap between demand and number of qualified IT professionals continues to increase, creating high paying base salaries. If you are an IT professional this is good news for you!  Not sure of a career path? This may be a good one to pursue. Technological advances are on the rise and don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

With all the advances, comes the opportunity for more jobs.  In a study by Career Builder & Economic Modeling Specialists of the best bachelor degree jobs for 2013, 4 out of 10 were in the information technology field. Careers in these areas of IT have continued to rise nationwide through the recession showing significant growth since 2010: Software developers: 70,872 jobs added -7% growth; Computer Systems Analysts: 26,937 jobs added – 5% growth; Network and Computer Systems Administrators: 18,626 jobs added- 5% growth; Security Analysts, Web Developers, Network Architects: 15,715 jobs added – 5% growth.

So what are the most sought out positions within the IT field for 2013? According to an article published by Newsroom America, these are the top 6 hottest technology and design jobs for 2013, and the starting salaries for each:

  • Mobile applications developers — salaries for mobile applications developers are expected to rise 9 percent, with compensation ranging from $92,750 to $133,500.
  • Business intelligence analysts — Business intelligence analysts should see a gain of 7.3 percent, with starting salaries ranging from $94,250 to $132,500.
  • Network architects — Network architects are forecast to receive a 7 percent starting salary boost, to between $102,250 and $146,500, on average.
  • Interactive creative directors –Interactive creative directors can anticipate a 4.9 percent bump in base compensation, with average starting salaries ranging from $95,500 to $160,000.
  • Interaction designers — Those with one to five years of experience should see a gain of 4.9 percent, to between $52,250 and $77,500.
  • User experience (UX) designers ­– Since so much customer interaction happens online, companies are looking for workers who can create positive digital experiences. UX designers can expect a 4.8 percent salary increase, with starting compensation of $73,750 to $110,500.

For more detailed information on these job descriptions you can read the article here:

Considering exploring any of these positions as a career?  If you are, there are ways to build your knowledge and professional IT skills, through training and certifications. Since IT is becoming an important position within the firm, certifications are likely required for higher level positions. There are a slew of different certifications you can obtain, and should if you want to advance your career in this field. This field is revving up with no signs of stalling, so as technologies continue to advance and you explore and pursue a career in this field, training and certifications will become essential to you professional success. There are lots of options for success in the IT field, so go into 2013 with a plan.