Computer professionals are among some of the highest paid professionals in any field. Most of the high-paying careers in the computer field require the completion of a master's or doctoral degree, while the service-oriented professions typically require and pay less. Money-zine.com listed the top-paying computer-related careers based on the statistics published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008.
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Comptuer and Information Scientists
Computer and information scientists are the top-paid professionals in the computer industry with a median annual salary of £66,020 in 2009, according the BLS. Computer and information scientists are primarily responsible for attempting to find computer-related solutions to various problems and developing them so that they can be utilised in real-world applications. Computer and information scientists consult with other computer professionals, management and technicians in order to implement solutions to problems. The BLS notes that extensive preparation is needed for a career in this field. Most applicants will need a Ph.D. to obtain employment. Projected job growth for computer and information scientists is expected be much faster than the average rate for other professions. The BLS expects 20 per cent job growth from 2008 to 2018.
Computer Software Engineers
Computer software engineers ranked second only to research scientists among computer professionals. Computer software engineers develop software. Their main job duty is to design software, which they do using mathematical principles and principles developed in the field of computer science. Computer software engineers must be up to speed on the latest technological developments in the field and must be able to adapt to these changes. Computer software engineers develop many types of software applications that include business applications, games, network systems and even entire computer operating systems. The BLS expects the number of jobs in this field to increase by 21 per cent from 2008 to 2018. In May 2008, the median annual salary for these professionals was £55,529. Money-zine.com notes the average salary to be higher at £62,803 per year for systems software developers and £58,610 per year for applications developers.
Computer Systems Analysts
Third on the pay scale among computer professionals, computer systems analysts can expect the number of jobs in their field to increase by about 20 per cent through 2018, according to BLS projections. Computer systems analysts design new computer systems by analysing and choosing the right software and hardware components. In other cases, they may analyse existing systems and find better ways to optimise them based on the available software and hardware configurations. A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field is needed to work as a systems analyst. The BLS notes that in business-related computer fields, a master's degree is becoming increasingly necessary. In 2008, the median salary of computer systems analysts was £49,075 per year, according to the BLS. Money-zine.com noted that the average salary was £52,279 per year.
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