Technology is a profession with forgiving prerequisites. Professionals don't always need a four-year degree to qualify for a job.
Technology roles, in specialties like cybersecurity and DevOps, rely on natural creativity and inherent curiosity. Employers know those traits can't always be learned while studying for a computer science degree.
But education and certifications aside, technologists are a hot commodity. The road of the future is paved in AI, data, and blockchain and companies are willing to pay top dollar for leading talent.
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The growth in IT jobs is outpacing other industries, especially in big data and cybersecurity and big tech knows it. Silicon Valley darlings like Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft and Netflix rounded out the top five top paying companies in the U.S. for 2018.
But Silicon Valley isn't home to all the talent and it isn't paying for it all either.
Here are the top five salary trends of 2018:
As the saying goes, data is the new currency. Because of this reliance on data and its insights, top-earning data scientists make an average of $135,000 annually. Read More >>
CIOs for some of the largest companies in the world, like Target, can earn a cumulative $468,462, though most CIOs' salaries fall around $171,750. Read More >>
Some researchers have expressed skepticism around blockchain's maturity, but blockchain engineers can still earn anywhere between $150,000 and $175,000 a year. Read More >>
The cost of living in Silicon Valley is driving some tech professionals to other emerging tech hubs. Charlotte, North Carolina is scooping up professionals and offering a median salary of $87,755. Read More >>
Technologists are moving away from “four-year-degree-itis” and turning to certifications for good reason. Non-security certifications can earn a worker anywhere from about $117,000 to $98,000 annually. Read More >>