The Top 4 Jobs in Technology and Data Science

If you’re reading this, you know what an exciting time it is for technology and data science professionals. The industry is growing exponentially, the science and technology itself is getting more complex and exciting than it’s ever been, the salaries are competitive and companies are struggling to fill their technology and data science jobs—an incredible position to be in for any job seeker in this industry.

After deep diving into the job market, we identified the top four jobs in technology and data science. Whether you’re looking to move up the ladder or jump into a new role, here’s what you need to know about these four top jobs:

1. Data Scientist
According to a recent report by Glassdoor, Data Scientists have the best jobs in America.

So what do Data Scientists do? As Master’s in Data Science explains, “Data scientists are big data wranglers. They take an enormous mass of messy data points (unstructured and structured) and use their formidable skills in math, statistics and programming to clean, massage and organize them. Then they apply all their analytic powers – industry knowledge, contextual understanding, skepticism of existing assumptions – to uncover hidden solutions to business challenges.”

Even better news? There are more jobs than there are candidates. As Forbes recently reported, “With the explosion of big data and the need to track it, employers keep on hiring data scientists. But qualified candidates are in short supply. The field is so new, the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t even track it as a profession. Yet thousands of companies, from startups that analyze credit card data in order to target marketing and advertising campaigns, to giant corporations like Ford Motor and Price WaterhouseCoopers, are bringing on scores of people who can take gigantic data sets and wrestle them into usable information.”

So what does it pay? According to Glassdoor, the median salary for a Data Scientist is $116,000.

2. Solutions Architect
Voted #3 on Glassdoor’s Top 25 Jobs in America report, Solutions Architect is also an exciting and sought after job in technology.

Here’s the gist of a Solution Architect’s role, according to “The essence of the Solution Architect (SA) role is the conversion of [the solution’s] requirements into an architecture and design that will become the blueprint for the solution being created. This conversion is based largely upon the previous design patterns that the SA has been involved with in the past through reading and staying abreast of the latest techniques, or through personal experience.”

But if you’re looking for a fairly straightforward technology role, this might not be the one for you. As goes on to explain, “it is this conversion part of the role—the role of the SA—that most often is underestimated in its complexity.”

According to Glassdoor, the median salary is just a few thousand higher than that of a Data Scientist at $119,000.

3. Mobile Developer
As Mashable reported, “the demand for mobile software developers is red hot.” So if this is a role you think you might be interested in, now is a great time to explore a career as a Mobile Developer.

And Glassdoor would agree! According to their recent report, Mobile Developer came in as the fifth best job in America.

As a Mobile Developer, you would work within an organization’s engineering team and contribute ideas and strategy to the institution's technology, algorithms and products; create and contribute to the company’s apps; get to know the company’s end users and turn their requests into a technical solutions; help improve code quality and more.

If you land an interview as a Mobile Developer, here’s an important skillset to tout: your ability to communicate with non-technical team members. As Brady Donnelly, cofounder of Hungry, explained to Mashable, "It's important that mobile developers are able to step outside of their technical shells and express the limitations and possibilities provided by mobile technology in a way that non-technical people can understand.”

The national average Mobile Developer salary is $76,000 (but if you happen to live in NYC, that number goes up to $100,000!).

4. Computer Systems Analyst
According to U.S. News and World Report, Computer Systems Analysts are the #1 job in the technology industry.

As the outlet explains, “computer systems analysis is a hybrid of information technology and business. And computer systems analysts leverage both their knowledge of information technology and business to design better computer systems and processes for their clients. Although these professionals have many responsibilities, their first task is to understand their client’s business, whether it’s an organization in Silicon Valley or a firm on Wall Street. And they’ll specifically want to learn how the organization uses technology. Analysts will then research the best technologies to help the organization’s overall computer system – the hardware, the software and the networks – run more efficiently and effectively.”

So what’s the salary for a Computer Systems Analyst? The average is $79,000 a year.

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