Technology professionals with the right set of skills have many options in the current employment market. Whether you’re an applications architect or data security analyst, there is strong demand for highly skilled specialists to fill the highest-paying IT jobs.
According to the latest Salary Guide, recruiting for the tech sector is especially active, as employers are hiring technology professionals at or beyond pre-pandemic levels. Many tech leaders also are increasing salaries or offering bonuses to keep top performers and attract top talent.
Access the 2022 Salary Guide From Robert Half now to see the latest starting salary projections for the highest-paying IT jobs below — and others — in your location. You can localize your insights to adjust salaries for regional cost of living, talent availability and other factors. If no selection is made, salaries will default to the national average.
1. Big data engineer
Businesses need individuals who can transform large amounts of raw data into actionable information for strategy-setting, decision making and innovation. These professionals typically create a company’s software and hardware architecture, and the systems people need to work with the data. Big data engineers usually have a degree in computer science and expertise in mathematics and databases.
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2. DevOps Engineer
DevOps engineers are the bridge between coding and engineering. These professionals work across departments to help increase a company’s productivity by developing and improving various IT systems. DevOps engineers often need experience with coding languages, software engineering and security systems, and strong analytical, problem-solving and collaboration skills.
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3. Information systems security manager
Now more than ever, employers need skilled IT security professionals to help keep sensitive data and systems safe. Successful candidates for this hot job possess a technical background in systems and network security and have great interpersonal and leadership abilities. Analytical and problem-solving skills are key, as are excellent communication abilities. These IT pros also need to keep up with security trends and government regulations. Employers often request certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or CompTIA Security+.
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4. Mobile applications developer
Just look at your phone or tablet applications, and it’s pretty easy to figure out why mobile applications developers are in demand. These IT pros need expertise to develop applications for popular platforms, such as iOS and Android. They also must have experience coding with mobile frameworks and mobile development languages, and knowledge of web development languages.
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5. Applications architect
These tech pros design the main parts of applications, including the user interface, middleware and infrastructure. In addition to strong technical abilities, applications architects need to work well on teams — and sometimes manage them. Excellent communication and planning skills are required for this job. This is one of the highest-paying IT roles because just about every company wants to improve existing applications or create new ones.
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6. Data architect
These tech professionals are responsible for the complicated processes essential to making strategic business decisions. They translate business requirements into database solutions and oversee data storage (data centers) and how the data is organized. Ensuring the security of those databases is part of the job as well.
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7. Database manager
Database managers maintain and support a firm’s database environment, helping companies use data more strategically to meet their business goals. Database managers are especially needed in large organizations that have high volumes of data to manage. These pros must possess strong leadership and strategic planning skills.
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8. Data security analyst
Data security analysts must thoroughly understand computer and network security, including firewall administration, encryption technologies and network protocols. The job also requires excellent communication and problem-solving skills and knowledge of trends in security and government regulations. A professional certification, such as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation, is beneficial for this role.
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9. Data scientist
These IT professionals use their knowledge of statistics and modeling to make sense of complex data from various sources. Data scientists need business savvy and communication skills in addition to a strong background in statistics, mathematics and computer science. Knowledge of programming languages such as Python, Java and, increasingly, R, is often necessary for the job. Machine learning skills are valued in this role as well.
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10. Network/cloud architect
With excellent technical problem-solving skills, network/cloud architects plan, design and upgrade network and cloud projects. They’re a technology team’s go-to resource for solving problems with a network’s architecture and providing recommendations for system enhancements. Network/cloud architects should have several years of experience with network and cloud technologies and have strong communication skills.
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11. Network/cloud engineer
These tech professionals need to be experts in networking and cloud hardware and software, as they are responsible for the execution, design, upkeep and day-to-day support of network and cloud services. Employers look for a strong background in interfacing, security, and server and network infrastructure, as well as analytical and problem-solving skills. A certification, such as the Cisco CCNA, CCNP or CCIE, is also valuable.
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12. Senior web developer
These IT pros gather business requirements and develop specifications for web-based applications, making web properties look consistent and attractive. They also provide technical assistance to web admins and integrate front- and back-end systems. Senior web developers typically need experience developing on PHP and Ruby on Rails sites and working with a variety of content management systems. Front-end development experience is also valued. Senior web developers need several years of experience in managing web properties.
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13. Site reliability engineer
Site reliability engineers monitor application performance and must possess a thorough understanding of the application and code. They also can write code like any software developer, essentially bridging the gap between development and operations in applications production. Site reliability engineers often work within technical support teams, helping with support tickets or defects and providing emergency support.
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14. Systems engineer
Systems engineers maintain and support a company’s technical infrastructure, including system hardware and software. When a system fails, they’ll debug and reconfigure that system, if necessary. That makes knowledge of the development process critical to the job as well. Systems engineers must possess strong communication skills to translate technical information to nontechnical users.
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15. Software engineer
Software engineers design and create engineering specs for both applications and software, which means they’re almost always in demand. Software engineers must have information systems knowledge and, typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related area. Specific programming language knowledge is required for this position, as are strong communication skills.
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