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IT is the new career black

8 August 2016

The unstoppable rise of the internet, smartphones, Google and Facebook have radically shifted the notion of being an IT executive into one of the most coveted careers. In the 2016 edition of Annual Best Jobs, the global job search site Glassdoor revealed that nearly half of the top 25 jobs reside in the IT industry.

To fill that top IT job, companies are seeking masters of their craft, who think like entrepreneurs and perform like leaders. Gaining a Master in IT Management will often help take an IT professional’s career to the next level – or help them switch into an emerging area.

Top Ten IT Gigs

Software Engineer: these people are the rock stars of IT, as they actually create and build the software and applications businesses and consumers use to function, every day. Software engineers use the principles of engineering to create software, applying vision and creativity to develop an intangible product. These positions are in constant demand, and earning potential is very high.

Systems Analyst: skills that are required to develop computer systems that meet business needs include knowledge of information systems along with strong business acumen. This role demands strategic thinking and the ability to interact with professionals with a range of skill sets. Entry-level salaries are high with more positions growing. Aspirants may need additional education.

Network Security Specialist: these are the gatekeepers of information systems for company networks. They maintain and upgrade security while mitigating network violations from infiltration and cyber-attacks. Highly-skilled, specialised and in demand.

Network Architect: a strong analytical mind that mixes technical skills, professional experience, IT certifications and a university degree is required as a network architect. This position is in demand, boasting global career opportunities.

Database Administrator: this pivotal, highly-skilled and detail-oriented role builds and maintains custom databases to meet the specific data needs of a company. Certification is required across platforms. Strong communication skills are valued and constant availability is also required for mission-critical companies or sectors i.e: telecommunications, banking, finance.

Network Administrator: this position manages both the physical and virtual aspects of a private computer network. It is a pivotal role that requires collaboration with many other IT professionals, and an interest in both hardware and software. Certification is required for network administrators and is always in demand.

Web Developer: this a future-proof role that is gaining momentum as the industry evolves. The biggest shift in the industry is mobile technologies and social media platforms. Digital content needs to look good and operate effectively across desktops, iPads and smartphones. Wages can vary and skills need to be constantly updated. It also opens international doors.

Computer Tech Support: this is a good entry level role into the industry. Experience and on-the-job training defines your earning capacity.  This is on the lower end of the IT sector pay scale, but is a good stepping-stone position.

Graphic Designer: this is a multi-purpose role that has applications in the digital and print world. The IT sector has a strong growing demand for designers across software development interfaces, UX, web, mobile and social media design. Not highly paid but skills are transferable to other sectors and mediums.

Health Informatics: as e-health becomes more common, this role will start to be in high demand as it merges medical record data keeping with health information technicians. It focuses on organising medical records for patients, physicians, hospitals and the government. It requires an interest in both health and data, and needs project management skills.

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