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Hot Career Opportunities for IT Professionals

While some industries are struggling, others are ripe with opportunities. In the world of mobile technology, it is a smart choice to enter into the IT field. With a plethora of different opportunities, an IT professional can find themselves managing teams, developing large-scale web applications or helping keep a bank’s network up and running at all times.


With the many career opportunities for IT professionals available, there are some that simply outshine the rest. The following careers are in high demand and offer a very competitive salary as well as outstanding benefits. The best part is that these careers are not tied online to Silicon Valley.

Application Developer

Do you like figuring out complex solutions to the world’s biggest problems? If this is something that interests you, a career as an application developer may be a good choice. From working with the likes of Google and Microsoft to being employed by NASA, there are application developer jobs just waiting to be filled.

Application developers will need to be able to program in a plethora of programming languages. While every industry is different, there are a few that stand out. These include:

  • C++/C#
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • PHP
  • Java

These are just a few of the languages that are in high demand. In this field, the media pay rate is over $72,000 per year based off of 2012 statistics.

Software Developer

Often confused for a programmer or application developer, software developers are more focused on the user than coding. These professionals are responsible for assessing the needs of the user and will work closely with programmers.

Software developers will be responsible for the following:

  • The design and testing of software to meet user needs
  • The control and deployment of software upgrades
  • The design of how the software will work
  • Advanced testing methods to ensure that software is running effectively

The documentation of the software to ensure new developers can quickly understand the overall functionality of the software
Software developers have a very intricate responsibility. Not only are these professionals in charge of the development process, they will also work closely with customers to ensure their needs are met. According to 2012 statistics, the average software developer earned over $92,000 in 2012.

Mobile Developers

Another program-related career is that of a mobile developer. These developers will normally specialize in one of the major operating systems, such as Android or iOS. The goal of these developers is to create applications and games that run flawlessly on mobile devices.

Mobile developers often need to know Objective-C as well as scripting languages, such as Python or Ruby. Working with many web services is necessary with API and REST being essential to obtaining a job. Those that know general web programming standards, such as HTML and CSS will find that this is a major plus.

Object-oriented programming and a degree in Computer Science are also necessary. This career is closely related to that of an application developer and has a media pay of $74,000 per year.

The IT industry is one that is constantly evolving. While the above jobs are all related to software development, there are many other opportunities available. From database and networking professionals to project management specialists, there are career opportunities that fit into every person’s skill set.

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