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August 16, 2013

Hot tech: What people in 9 high-paying jobs do — and how much they earn

Hot tech: What people in 9 high-paying jobs do  — and how much they earn

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If you love computers and dream in programming code, then a career in the technology industry might be perfect for you.

Salary.com compared its Seattle-area salary data to lists of in-demand tech jobs to come up with nine tech roles and their salaries. The first number in the salary range is the median annual salary for an entry-level job; the second number represents the median salary for those with eight years or more of experience.

Data modeler/architect
Median salary: $70,126-$113,925
If you have a good head for math, then you might find work as a data modeler. Modelers use applied mathematics to create database systems and improve the transfer of data between systems.

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Those seeking this kind of business-intelligence work must be able to visualize numbers through graphs and charts to analyze data. Sometimes the job title is data architect, because these workers basically construct storage and archival systems for information.

Database administrator
Median salary: $69,474-$113,100
Database administrators use software to collect and organize important data such as client or financial information. They have to make sure the data are secure, accessible and consistent between all systems, and they frequently troubleshoot systems when things go wrong.

IT auditor
Median salary: $57,102-$104,467
Interested in detective work? Information technology auditors investigate computer systems and collect info about accounting and controls to make sure companies obey all laws and practices, making it a great job for anyone focused and observant.
Working alongside systems administrators, auditors ensure that networks are running efficiently and safely. IT auditors are also responsible for consolidating all resources within a system so it operates at the highest performance possible.

Mechanical engineer
Median salary: $66,576-$125,601
If you’re as creative as you are intelligent, you might want to research the field of mechanical engineering. Architects and contractors rely on mechanical engineers to use computer programs to make sure their plans are safe and logical.

Engineers also maintain technologies, such as traffic-light computers or ATMs, in public settings. This broad field also has positions available in factories, on oil rigs and in the military.

Programmer
Median salary: $60,044-$115,782
Programmers have a strong understanding of computer languages such as C++ and JavaScript and can write software using them. They often work alongside systems analysts, software engineers and web developers to create useful programs and video games.

Security administrator
Median salary: $75,473-$85,680
The head of security for systems or networks installs and oversees server activity to make sure everything is running smoothly. These admins often manage big projects and keep the network connection running well and safely.

Security admins are necessary for all major online companies, which typically require plenty of experience and a good sense of judgment when it comes to system access capabilities and privileges.

Software engineer
Median salary: $64,148-$127,427
Technology is always evolving, so there is a great need for engineers who can help mold it. Software engineers use computer languages to create programs that help consumers stay on top of the latest advancements, trends and needs.

These engineers are responsible for extensive testing of their programs and often rely on user feedback to improve applications.

Systems analyst
Median salary: $57,914-$115,183
IT companies use systems analysts to make sure every technical problem gets solved. Analyst jobs are often split between business and applications fields and have various responsibilities within each.

Application systems analysts are responsible for overseeing all network operations and use their knowledge of computers to fix technical problems and errors. Business systems analysts decide what software and system is best for their organization and must understand the ins and outs of those programs.

Web applications developer
Median salary: $58,593-$96,078
Thanks to web developers, people all over the world have a seemingly endless supply of sites to browse when accessing the Internet. Developers use complex languages and scripts to create websites.

They can work independently as freelancers or help businesses maintain a functional presence online. They often work alongside web designers to create the most aesthetically pleasing site possible.

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