For people who already work in IT — or those who want to join this booming industry — the opportunity to earn a decent living, while doing in-demand work is within reach. That is because IT careers are among the highest paying today.
While it’s hard to predict the technologies that will shape the Information Age in the future — or if this period will continue to be defined this way — skilled IT workers with experience in current and new technologies will continue to be in demand.
Companies’ demands for qualified IT workers who can manage their systems, protect their data, and create new products are increasing. With nearly five million people working in the U.S. in IT roles, according to a Census Bureau report, the job market can be competitive.
IT professionals with an advanced degree, such as a master’s, can use their education to distinguish themselves from others in the workforce.
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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology fields are expected to grow at a rate of 15% in the next ten years, and the median salary is $100,530, nearly double that of annual wages for all occupations. High-paying roles and annual salaries cited by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report include:
Executive roles in IT
With the computer and information industry’s presence dating back three decades now, more IT-focused roles reside in the C-suite — the executive-level IT-focused leaders who work alongside chief executive officers and chief operating officers.
According to Payscale.com, three of the top-paying C-level roles and their typical responsibilities include:
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