The Best Jobs in IT in 2017

By: CareerCast.com
Information technology plays a central role in almost every American's daily life, and impacts the vast majority of the world. The proliferation of technology unsurprisingly fuels the economic and job market landscapes, with careers in IT presenting some of the most promising opportunities of the foreseeable future.

IT jobs routinely rank near the very top of CareerCast.com's annual Jobs Rated report, so consider the Best Jobs in IT of 2017 the best of the best.

Great opportunities in IT exist across a variety of platforms, throughout most - if not all - industries, and job seekers with different skill sets can find employment.

Some of the Best Jobs in IT cover the traditional qualities that probably come to mind when one thinks of technology, though the nature of these jobs changes as rapidly as the tech landscape.

Web Developers, for example, have growth outlooks estimated at 27% by 2024. And while web development has existed since…well, the dawn of the internet, the emphasis is always evolving.

Much of the growth outlook is fueled by the growing demand for mobile-friendly site design and usability. In late 2016, StatCounter released findings that 51.3% of all internet users in October 2016 used mobile devices, marking the first time ever that mobile usage outpaced desktop. As tablets and smartphones become more prevalent, that trend will continue.

Likewise, software designed to meet the needs of changing user practices are in-demand. So are Software Engineers. The top Software Engineers/Developers can command some of the highest wages of any job tracked by the Jobs Rated report, boasting an annual median salary of $102,280. With the burgeoning growth of Artificial Intelligence in all facets of our lives, there is a growing need for Software Engineers.

And with changes to traditional IT jobs, so too come new fields altogether.

Information Security Analyst is a relatively new field tracked in the Jobs Rated report, but one of great importance. As more day-to-day activity is conducted online - everything from shopping, to records management, to banking, and general communication - the threat of illegal activity has become one of today's hot-button issues.

The work of Information Security Analysts is of 24-7 importance. To meet the exponential growth demand, there are a variety of burgeoning methods of getting started down the career path. More universities are offering degree programs specifically tailored for information security - Texas-San Antonio, Southern California and George Mason are three of the highest rated - and the military has new training programs designed specifically for information security work.

The boom in this sector is one example of the unique opportunities growing out of the IT sector. In the same vein, one need not work in coding to find a great job in the industry.

To translate the complexities of IT into more accessible terms, the skills of writers are in-demand, evident in the 10% growth forecast for Technical Writers.

Yes, there are indeed many paths to a rewarding career in IT, and the Best Jobs in IT of 2017 reflects that.

Rankings are based on the 2017 Jobs Rated report. Salary and growth outlook information are compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with growth outlook through 2024.

Information Security Analyst

1. Information Security Analyst

Overall Rating:
104
Median Salary:
$90,120
Projected Growth:
18.00%
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