13 Highest paying Tech Jobs Software Engineers can aim to increase their Pay
I am Java programmer, blogger on http://javarevisited.blogspot.com and http://java67.com
If you are a computer science graduate or someone who is thinking of
making a career in the software development world or an experienced
programmer who is thinking about his next career move but not so sure
which field you should go then you have a come to the right place.
In this article, I will tell you the top 13 highest paying technical jobs you can aim for.
All you need is some programming
experience and a passion for learning. Particularly the Machine learning and Data science field is looking very promising for both beginners and experienced programmers.
On average, a machine learning specialist
and Data Scientist
make around anywhere from $110,000 USD to $120,000, and there is a huge demand for them, and if you are interested in solving real-world problems, they present an exciting opportunity.
As human beings, we are always curious about the salary of fellow programmers and technologists. Developer complains QA is getting a better salary than them, and QA people say Developer getting more.
It’s also possible that the programmer sitting next to you might be getting a lot more than you even if he has less experience. The software development
industry is like that; there is no standard rule when it comes to salary.
In fact, there are more exceptions than the rule, but it’s also true that some technologists paid more than others.
I used to check Glassdoor
to find about the average salary of a particular job position on a particular technology before making negotiations with recruiters and hiring managers, but to be honest; they were not as accurate as you would think. They are, at best, provides a good baseline and an idea, nothing more than that.
On the contrary to that, I trust StackOverflow Developer survey data more than anyone else. I have been going through their survey, and I have learned quite a few things about popular technology
, and programming language
in the current world, and this article will focus on the high paying jobs you can aim to take your career next level.
13 Highest Paying Technology Jobs Programmers can aim to increase their Salaries
1. Machine Learning Specialist
The average salary for a machine learning specialist is around $108,000 in
the USA, which is the highest among all kinds of technical jobs.
Many startups, like Uber and big technology companies like Google
, are looking for a machine learning specialist to support the latest innovations like a self-driving car.
To be honest, it is a perfect field of both research and programming combined, and I am going to spend a lot of time on this.
2. Developer with Statistics and Maths Background
In today’s data-driven world, it’s that people with good statistical and
mathematical background will be in high demand, and that’s visible in
this survey as well.
It’s the second-highest paying job in the USA. The average salary of a Developer with a statistics or maths background is around $101,000, and I believe this will grow even more in the coming years.
If you are in the Data Analysis business then improving your statistics
and maths skill will also help you a long way in your career and if you
want to improve your Maths and Statistic skill for Data Analytics I
suggest you go through Statistics with R Specialization
by Duke University
which will help you to Master Statistics with R. Statistical mastery of data analysis including inference, modeling, and Bayesian approaches.
3. Data Scientist
The much-hyped Data Science job is 3rd on the list of highest-paying jobs.
It’s touted as one of the most exciting jobs of this decade with both
exciting work and incredible pay.
The average salary of a Data scientist is around $100,000, which is very good if you compare with application developers, e.g. Java developers, and
that’s the reason many of my friends are learning Data Science from
online courses to switch to a more rewarding Data Scientist career.
If you are in the same boat, I suggest you check this Data Science course
on Udemy about how to become a Data Scientist. It also provides a nice
overview of what it takes to learn Data Science and get a job in this lucrative field.
4. DevOps Specialist
It’s another exciting career, particularly for experienced programmers. The DevOps specialist
in great demand with a greater focus on automation.
The main characteristic of the DevOps movement is to strongly advocate
automation and monitoring at all steps of software development from
integration, testing, to the deployment.
The average salary of a DevOps specialist globally is around $100,000, the highest among different kinds of programming jobs.
If you want to become a DevOps specialist, then Learn DevOps: The Complete Kubernetes
Course on Udemy
is a good place to start with. Udemy is also running its sale now, where you can get this course in just $10.99, almost FREE.
And, if you need guidance than this DevOps RoadMap
is simply awesome to follow.
5. Embedded Applications Developer
This is a very specialized job, but it seems there is a good demand for
programmers who have good development experience in embedded Linux
and embedded C.
The average salary of an Embedded applications/devices developer is $100,000 in the USA, which makes it the 4th highest salary job.
6. Mobile Application Developer
If you want to become a Mobile developer, then you can either learn
Android or iOS depending upon your background. I suggest Android for
Java developers and iOS for C/C++ developers.
7. Graphics Programming
This is one of the safest jobs you will find in the technology area because you always need a Graphics programmer on your team.
The average salary of a Graphics Programmer in the USA is around $93,000, which is very good compared to Java
or Web developers
The unfortunate thing is that learning graphics programming takes a LOT of effort: there is a wide base of background knowledge to accumulate
(especially in mathematics), Lots of programming practice time to put
in, and a lot of studying of graphics techniques, which add new, more
devilish layers of complexity every year.
8. Desktop Applications Developer
If you think that Web might have killed Desktop application development, then you are wrong, they are still alive and kicking.
On average, a Desktop application developer makes around $92,000 in the USA, which is higher than the average salary of web developers
9. Systems Administrator
I always thought that System administrator or sysadmin paid higher than application developer, but that’s not really true.
As per this survey, both System administrators and web developers
make the same amount of money.
The average salary of a System administrator in the USA is around $90,000, which is similar to a Web developer.
If you are interested in becoming a sysadmin, particularly with Linux, then I suggest you go through the Linux System Administration Fundamentals
course on Pluralsight. It’s an excellent course to start with system administration in Linux.
10. Web Developer and FullStack Developers
Finally, the Web developers, who use the latest technologies like Angular
as well as age-old technologies like Ruby
The average salary of a Web developer in the USA Is around $90,000 USD,
which is higher than DBAs, QAs, and Graphic designer but lower than
Linux and Windows System administrator and Data Scientists.
11. Database Administrator or DBA
DBA is one of the traditional jobs with a lot of job security and not many learning challenges.
The average salary of a Database administrator in the USA is around
$85,000, which is expected lower than Web Developer but higher than QA
engineers and Graphic designer.
12. Quality Assurance Engineer (QA)
The average salary for a QA engineer is around $85,000, which is higher
than a Graphic designer and mobile developer in many geographic
locations, but in the USA, they are just above Graphic designers.
QA engineers who are also developers tend to make more than those who are just doing manual testing.
I know a couple of QA guys who have some automated testing experience and know their tools like Selenium and making good money.
So, if you are a QA engineer, I strongly suggest you move towards automation testing and at least learn Selenium, the Selenium Masterclass
is a good place to start with.
13. Graphic Designer
The average salary of a Graphics designer in the USA is around $70,000, which is not quite high as compared to Data Scientist
and DevOps specialist
, but there is always a demand for Graphic Designer.
If you have some Graphic designing skill, then you can also do a lot of online jobs which pays well.
If you want to become a Graphic designer, then I suggest you go through the Become a Professional Graphic Designer
course on Udemy. It will teach you what you need to break into the world of graphic design.
The list is inspired by the StackOverflow’s Developer Survey
, which provides a great insight into the software industry in general, and I strongly suggest you be part of the StackOverflow survey and provide your input. This way, we not only help others but also get to know what is working to make the right career decisions.
That’s all about the highest paying programming jobs
. This is a good list for programmers who are thinking of switching jobs and want to explore more exciting areas like DevOps
, Machine learning
, and Data Science
and Machine learning specialists, along with Data Scientist, tend to command the largest salaries globally, and if you are thinking about compensation this year, those are probably the jobs you should target.
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