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  1. Six surprisingly high paying jobs Peter Harris| Jul 3, 2012 11:37 AM http://www.workopolis.com/content/advice/article/2523-six-surprisingly-high-paying-jobs?CID=721:19L:14946 

    Six jobs in technology and design that can earn you over $100k:1.  Mobile applications developer: The rise in popularity of tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, means more and more companies are developing apps for multiple mobile operating systems. The average starting salaries for mobile app developers range from $72,500 to $102,750.

    2.  Data security analyst: Companies are more and more concerned with online security threats. This makes the people who can analyse, predict and mitigate those risks in high-demand. They can pull in between $83,250 and $124,500, on average.

    3.  Interactive creative director: These are the people who lead interactive creative teams made-up of designers, writers and art directors, who together are responsible for visual and conceptual creative direction and user experience. Their average base salary is between $95,000 to $140,000.

    4.  Business systems analyst: Companies are trying to improve their strategies by collecting more information about their customers, and they need the people who can analyse complex business problems and evaluate how to solve them. The average starting salaries for these people range from $78,500 to $108,750.

    5.  Information architect: IAs help to define a website’s content strategy and design, as well as evaluate audience needs and behaviour to improve the site’s navigation and layout. People in this position usually earn between $90,000 and $140,000.

    6.  User experience (UX) designer: Because so much business is taking place over the Internet now, companies have a growing need for professionals who can help generate positive online experiences for their customers. The average starting pay range for user experience designers is between $80,000 to $120,000.

  2. 10 degrees that earn high starting salaries (and 10 that won’t get you hired at all  Peter Harris| Aug 24, 2012 10:18 AM  http://www.workopolis.com/content/advice/article/2686-10-degrees-that-earn-high-starting-salaries-and-10-that-won-t-get-you-hired-at-all?CID=721:19L:14946
    So, based on figures from Statistics Canada, Robert Half, industry association websites as well as Workopolis’ own data, here are ten career choices that pay much higher starting salaries than those averages:

    1. Dentist: +- $90,000
    2. Petroleum Engineer: +- $86,220
    3. Data security analyst: +- $83,250
    4. Web site developer and user experience designer: +- $80,000
    5. Mobile applications developers: +- $72,500
    6. Financial Controller: +- $70,000
    7. Lawyer: +- $60,000
    8. Accountant: +- $58,750
    9. Nurse: +- $55,000
    10. Business Administration/Management +- $45,000
  3. Demand for Software Engineers Keeps Climbing and So Do the Salaries

InfoWorld, October 18

From http://www.acm.org/membership/careernews/archives/acm-careernews-for-wednesday-november-7-2012/

“For software engineers, skyrocketing demand across the nation is leading to higher salaries and improved career prospects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 30% job growth in coming years, while CareerCast recently deemed software engineer the all-around best job for 2012. Software engineers with Java, mobile and .Net developer experience are in particular demand. The national average for a software engineer’s base salary is currently $92,648, according to Glassdoor, marking an increase of 2.5% compared to 2011. However, in some geographic locations, the base salary is higher than $100,000 per year.

According to recent data from Glassdoor, Google currently offers the highest average salary among 15 major tech companies at $128,336 per year. Ranked second is Facebook, which pays its software engineers an average of $123,626 per year. Notably, the salary gap between Facebook and Google is closing. In 2011, Google offered an average salary of $114,595 to its developers, while Facebook offered $107,744. Third on the list is Apple, which offers a base software engineer salary of $114,413. In the fourth spot is eBay with $108,809, followed by Zynga at $105,568. Other companies offering more than $100,000 on average include Microsoft ($104,362), Intuit ($103,284), Amazon ($103,070), Oracle ($102,204), Cisco ($101,909), and Yahoo ($100,122).

Ranked by geographic location, companies in the San Francisco Bay Area continue to offer the highest average base salary for software engineers at $107,798. According to a report from CyberCoders earlier this year, San Jose and San Francisco rank first and second as the cities with the highest-paying IT jobs. Seattle ranks next at $102,006. San Diego follows at $93,529, then Boston ($93,403) and New York ($92,701). Meanwhile, Minneapolis-based companies offer the lowest average base salaries to software engineers at $75,032, considerably less than the national average of $92,648. Clustered in the $80,000 range are Philadelphia ($80,270), Dallas/Ft. Worth ($80,947), Phoenix ($80,975), Denver ($83,164), and Portland ($84,793).”

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Written by youryblog

November 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Posted in Business, IT, SW Eng./Dev.

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