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Top 10 IT Jobs Of The Highest Salary You Should Consider

Top 10 IT Jobs Of The Highest Salary You Should Consider

Information Technology is the way of the future in jobs, according to most industry experts. With major tech companies sprouting out from the knowledge of skilled technical individuals and even non-technical companies making use of technical minds to build and run their websites, technical skills can be applicable to any sector you set your mind to be a part of. For this reason, individuals in the technology and Information Technology sector are capable of earning very high salaries. Below, we will talk about the top ten highest paid IT jobs you should look into.

Data Analyst

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    Data Analysis may not be the highest paid IT job ever, but it’s on our list because salary potentials are increasing at a high rate. Because Data Analysis is applicable to any business, due to how they translate data and numbers into understandable jargon, any company that relies on anything from sales figures to marketing research will benefit from Data Analysis. At the moment, Data Analyst can make between $68,000 to $74,000 a year. A Bachelor’s degree is all that’s needed to get started; however, to advance in this industry, you will need a Master’s degree.

    Network Architect

    Just as an Architect interprets the wants or wishes of a developer or client into a residential or business property, a Network Architect interprets the needs and wants of a company on the technical side to create the best computer infrastructure for them. This can include something as simple as moving a design company over from all Windows to all Mac to something as complex as ensuring that a hospital’s security infrastructure provides confidentiality of patient medical records. Such a job pays between $100,000 – $150,000 a year.

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    A Bachelor’s degree will be a great way to break into the business and gain some experience, especially with a degree in quantitative fields like Mathematics or Engineering. Some programming experience in languages like HTML are almost essential as well.

    IT Security Manager

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      With this IT job, the title says it all. As an IT Security Manager, your job is to manage the stances and rules your company will take in terms of proper computer usage and etiquette. Along with this, your job includes analyzing your company’s current security condition and figuring out its weak points to improve. IT Security Managers, when designated in a particular company, are the backbone of the company’s security structure.

      Because of this, IT Security Managers will work a lot with Network Architects to make sure their security decisions are good ones. IT Security Managers can make between $115,000 – $125,000 a year. Becoming an IT Security Manager is based largely on experience in the IT realm, coupled with a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s in Information Technology or Computer Science.

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      Lead Applications Director

      If you didn’t notice yet, the previous job title dealt heavily on the data and security of a company. Without analyzing data and ensuring that it’s kept safe, a company will crumble. But, what are the highest paying IT jobs dealing with the creation end? The first job title we will talk about on the creation end are Lead Application Directors. In other words, the Product Managers. These are the individuals who set the direction in which a application will be not only developed but also marketed. Product Managers can make between $110,000 to $120,000 a year. Product Managers achieve their position after years as a Software Developer or Designer, so knowledge of programming and Computer Science is essential.

      Software Engineer

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        Software Engineering is one of the most well known IT jobs around. These are the pros who are behind the coding of some of your favorite websites and applications. Software Engineering involves a lot more than just coding. Along with creating code, Software Engineers must work with all aspects of the tech sector, from designers to iterate their thoughts to marketing pros so that analytic can be implemented for them to grab data.

        With all of these tasks at hand, it isn’t unheard of for Software Engineers to demand a pretty dollar. A Software Engineer can expect to be paid between $89,000 to $95,000 a year. If without experience, a Bachelor’s in Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or another technologically-minded quantitative degree is highly recommended.

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        Database Developer

        Behind a strong company is an even stronger database to store all of their important information and data. Database Developers and Administrators are the individuals who not only build the databases according to the company’s size and requirements, but they are also the individuals who work on upkeep and ensure that the database continues to work well. Many times, the job comes with having to work behind a computer some days and other days it may require communication with other individuals in the company to discover holes in the database.

        This is a very similar job to IT Security Managers, the main difference being that Database Developers work with the security of the databases that the other job title creates. Database Developers can make anywhere between $80,000 and $96,000 a year. A Bachelor’s in Data Analysis or in a technological degree like Computer Science or Information Technology will be what allows you to start in this career.

        Business Intelligence Analyst

        So companies have lots of data that Database Developers are building, IT Security Managers are keeping secure, and Data Analysts are translating into understandable jargon. But who are the individuals that put all of this data to good use? Business Intelligence Analysts are the brains behind making use of data to make smart decisions in the form of good profits, smart business decisions, and to ensure that the company is staying efficient in the end.

        Business Intelligence Analysts are also found in C-level positions. For this reason, Business Intelligence Analysts can expect to make around $80,000 – $90,000 for the title alone, a bit under double those amounts if they are in-fact C-level in large companies. Having a strong technical background is important, but business knowledge can work in your favor as well.

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        Chief Information Officer

        Finally, we are at a c-level position. Chief Information Officer is the highest paying IT job around, because of the fact that CIOs are in other words the highest level you can go in Information Technology for a mid-sized to large company. Chief Information Officers are given less task work and are more there to ensure that the company’s vision is continued to be upheld.

        Unlike a Chief Technology Officer, the individual who is there to ensure that the coding and development side continues to expand the company’s technological advancements, CIOs deal more with what’s behind the scenes to ensure what happens on the front end is possible safely and efficiently. CIOs have as much of a salary cap as the company can sustain, but the median salary can be between $175,000 to $219,000 a year. Experience is the only way to work to this level.

        Data Warehouse Engineer

        Data Warehouse Engineers are the individuals who build the infrastructure that makes the job of Business Intelligence Analysts possible. Data Warehouse Engineers work more with business modelling and data partitioning. This is the hard stuff in Information Technology and for that reason, Data Warehouse Engineers are the bridge between the technical aspects of IT (Data Analysts, Data Mining, etc) and the business-minded IT careers (Business Intelligence Analysts, C-level tech positions, etc). Data Warehouse Engineering usually requires a heavily knowledge of Data Analysis. Data Warehouse Engineers can make upwards of $90,000 a year.

        Chief Security Officer

        Just as the Chief Information Officer is the individual who works to ensure that the vision of the business on an IT end is upheld, Chief Security Officers ensure that this vision is aligned with the security and safety policies of the company. This includes working to reduce risk, ensuring that the company is performing regular audits, and lastly to ensure that the Intellectual property that the company may be in ownership of is continued to be guarded. Chief Security Officers can make between $125,000 to $195,000 a year. Experience is the only way to work up to this level.

        Many of the jobs listed above seem similar in name; however, their functions are quite varied and are vital to the survival of many large to mid-sized tech and even some non-technical companies. With them being found in such a growing and booming industry like technology, you’ll be assured to find a well-paying job in this industry soon.

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        Last Updated on October 15, 2019

        To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

        To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

        We are all about doing things faster and better around here at Lifehack. And part of doing things faster and better is having a solid personal productivity system that you use on a daily basis.

        This system can be just about anything that helps you get through your mountain of projects or tasks, and helps you get closer to your goals in life. Whether it’s paper or pixels, it doesn’t really matter. But, since you are reading Lifehack I have to assume that pixels and technological devices are an important part of your workflow.

        “Personal Productivity System” defined

        A personal productivity system (at least the definition that this article will use) is a set of workflows and tools that allow an individual to optimally get their work done.

        Workflows can be how you import and handle your photos from your camera, how you write and create blog posts, how you deploy compiled code to a server, etc.

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        Tools are the things like planners, todo managers, calendars, development environments, applications, etc.

        When automation is bad

        You may be thinking that the more that we automate our systems, the more we will get done. This is mostly the case, but there is one very big “gotcha” when it comes to automation of anything.

        Automation is a bad thing for your personal productivity system when you don’t inherently understand the process of something.

        Let’s take paying your bills for example. This may seem very obvious, but if you can’t stick to a monthly budget and have trouble finding the money to make payments on time, then automating your bill payment every month is completely useless and can be dangerous for your personal finances.

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        Another example is using a productivity tool to “tell you” what tasks are important and what to do next. If you haven’t taken a step back and figured out just how your productivity systems should work together, this type of automation will likely keep you from getting things done.

        You can only automate something in your personal productivity system that have managed for a while. If you try to automate things that aren’t managed well already, you will probably feel a bit out of control and have a greater sense of overwhelm.

        Another thing to remember is that some things should always be done by yourself, like responding to important emails and communicating with others. Automating these things can show your coworkers and colleagues that you don’t care enough to communicate yourself.

        When automation is good

        On the other hand, automation is a great thing for your personal productivity system when you understand the process of something and can then automatically get the steps done. When you know how to manage something effectively and understand the step-by-step process of a portion of your system, it’s probably a great time to automate it.

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        I have several workflows that I have introduced in the last year that takes some of the “mindless” work from me so I can be more creative and not have to worry about the details of something.

        On my Mac I use a combination of Automator workflows, TextExpander snippets, and now Keyboard Maestro shortcuts to do things like automatically touch-up photos imported from my iPhone 4S or open all the apps and websites needed for a weekly meeting to the forefront of my desktop by typing a few keys. Once you open yourself up to automating a few of your processes, you start to see other pieces of your system that can benefit from automation.

        Once again; none of this works unless you understand your processes and know what tools you can use to get them done automatically.

        The three steps to determine if something is “ripe” for automation

        If your workflow passes these three steps, then automate away, baby:

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        1. You can do this process in your sleep and it doesn’t require your full, if any form of attention. It can (and has been) managed in some form prior to automating it.
        2. The process is time consuming.
        3. The process doesn’t require “human finesse” (ie. communicating and responding to something personally)

        Automating your personal productivity systems can be a great for you in the long run if you are careful and mindful of what you are doing. You first need to understand the processes that you are trying to automate before automating them though. Don’t get stuck in thinking that anything and everything should be automated in your life, because it probably shouldn’t.

        Pick and choose these processes wisely and you’ll find the ones that take up most of your time to be the best ones to automate. What have you automated in your personal productivity system?

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