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Top 10 Jobs in Information Technology

Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder.com Writer

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Information technology (IT) professionals don't always get the best rap. Employees grumble about the help desk, how IT workers think they're so smart -- heck, "IT nerd" is even a searchable phrase on the Internet.

But, maybe it's time to cut these folks some slack. Imagine the number of phone calls and e-mails IT probably gets per day, from workers whining that this isn't working and neither is that. Consider their responsibility for keeping databases, phone lines, computers and security programs for entire companies up and running. And you really want to nag them for being smart? Suit yourself -- but the next time you poke fun at the techies, consider that many IT workers have average salaries well into the six figures, according to the "2010 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide."

Thinking about a career in technology? Here are the top 10 jobs in IT, based on salary, according to the salary guide.

1. Chief information officer

What they do*: Develop and direct firm's overall IT strategy.

What you need**: A bachelor's degree in computer science (master's is preferred) plus at least 10 years of managerial experience.

Job function: Administration

Salary range: $130,250 - $210,500

2. Chief technology officer

What they do: Set the firm's overall IT standards and practices, make technology recommendations to firm's senior management.

What you need: A computer science degree and at least seven years of IT management experience.

Job function: Administration

Salary range: $111,750 - $174,250

3. Vice president of information technology

What they do: Manage day-to-day operations of the IT department, work with senior management to develop systems strategy.

What you need: Bachelor's degree in computer science plus five to 10 years of experience.

Job function: Administration

Salary range: $116,500 - $169,000

4. Chief security officer

What they do: Develop and implement long-term security strategy.

What you need: Bachelor's degree in information systems, plus 10 or more years of work experience, with a focus on information security.

Job function: Administration

Salary range: $107,000 - $160,250

5. Director, consulting

What they do: Work with clients to establish systems goals and strategy.

What you need: Employer's prefer candidates have an MBA or another relevant master's degree, plus five to 10 years of additional business experience.

Job function: Consulting and systems integration

Salary range: $95,750 - $145,000

6. Information systems security manager

What they do: Protect information systems from internal and external breaches.

What you need: Bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, plus five to 7 years of security-related work experience.

Job function: Security

Salary range: $96,500 - $130,750

7. Practice manager, systems integration

What they do: Develop scope of consulting projects.

What you need: Bachelor's degree in business or computer science, plus 10 years of IT experience.

Job function: Consulting and systems integration

Salary range: $96,000 - $130,000

8. Data warehouse manager

What they do: Develops and maintains data warehouse systems

What you need: Bachelor's degree in computer science, plus at least five years of warehousing experience.

Job function: Data/database administration

Salary range: $92,250 - $124,500

9. Information technology manager

What they do: Analyze workflow, implement and monitor new projects and performance standards.

What you need: Bachelor's degree in an IT-related field, and at least five years of IT experience.

Job function: Administration

Salary range: $85,750 - $124,250

10. Network architect

What they do: Plan, design and execute corporate data and voice networks.

What you need: Bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, plus seven years of experience with network operating systems.

Job function: Networking

Salary range: $87,750 - $122,750

* Job descriptions are from "Glossary of Job Descriptions for Information Technology," by Robert Half Technology

** Educational requirements are from "Glossary of Job Descriptions for Information Technology," by Robert Half Technology

 (www.rht.com). Descriptions do not necessarily include all job duties.

Kaitlin Madden is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.



Last Updated: 10/06/2010 - 5:10 PM


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