Top-paying tech jobs of 2021

Tech jobs remain hot, and these are the highest-paying IT gigs in 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the job market, but businesses are slowly springing back to life with restrictions easing. With this return to somewhat normalcy comes the need for well-paid roles in the technology arena.

Gartner estimates global IT spending will total $4.1 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.4% from 2020.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020. That was significantly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations, which rang in at $41,950.

If you are looking for a new job in tech, these are the ones that pay the most.

1. Data scientist

One of the top-paying jobs in tech is a data scientist. These people analyze and interpret complicated data to help organizations make better and well-timed decisions. 

The skills of a person in this role include the ability to understand machine learning algorithms, create data models, program in languages such as Python, R, SAS, and other analytical tools, and find business problems and offer suitable answers.

A data scientist can make on average $115,000 per year.

2. Enterprise architect

Tech workers with this job are responsible for integrating an organization's information applications and programs. They are the glue that holds things together and ensure alignment with business strategies and drivers and management priorities. They have a broad background in different sectors. 

An enterprise architect can earn on average $143,000 annually.

3. Site reliability engineer

A site reliability engineer provides primary operational support and engineering for multiple large, distributed software applications. They split their time between operations and developing systems and software that help enhance site performance and reliability. 

Site reliability engineers do jobs the operations team does, but they bring software expertise to the party. They also work with product developers to make sure any designed solutions adhere to nonfunctional needs, such as availability, performance, security, and maintainability. 

A site reliability engineer can earn on average $131,000 per year.

4. Software architect

Software architects define the high-level structure of a software system (architecture), its main components, and interfaces. They also look after functionality, performance, resilience, reuse, comprehensibility, scalability, security, and technology constraints. 

A software architect can earn on average $136,000 per year.

5. Cloud engineer

A cloud engineer identifies the best cloud solutions for an organization’s needs. They design, develop, and deploy cloud-based systems and maintain them following best practices. They also identify, analyze, and resolve infrastructure vulnerabilities and application deployment issues.

A cloud engineer can earn on average $110,000 annually

6. IT Security specialist

IT security specialists implement and maintain security systems within an organization and prevent unauthorized access to data and respond to data breaches. This often includes responsibilities such as installing and configuring security software to avert attacks, teaching employees about data security, and responding to cyber attacks with the appropriate countermeasures.

The national average salary for an IT Security Specialist is $109,916 per year.

7. Mobile applications developer

Everyone has a smartphone these days, and they all use apps. This is where a mobile applications developer comes in. They have the skills to develop applications for platforms, such as iOS and Android. They must also know how to code using mobile frameworks and mobile development languages, and web development languages.

A mobile applications developer can earn on average $119,000 per year.

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