When Daft Punk released “Robot Rock” in 1997, surely they were portending the state of the job market 20 years later. In the modern war for talent, tech – and tech jobs – seem to be all the rage these days. If you’re looking for a job in the IT world, or are a current employee looking to make a change, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for in-demand roles on the horizon.
Based on a report by Robert Half, here are six entry-level IT jobs worth looking at in 2019. We've also included the average entry-level salaries for these kinds of roles, as well as their average total earning potential based on Salary.com data.
What you'll earn to start: $76,485
What you’ll do: Design and build relational databases for data storage or processing. This person will develop strategies for warehouse implementation, data acquisition and access, and data archiving and recovery. In addition, they will build data models and define the structure, attributes, and nomenclature of data elements. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level V): $139,779
What you'll earn to start: $57,843
What you’ll do: Design, implement, and enforce security policies that protect systems and data from access by unauthorized users. This person will create procedures for data access, protection, and backup, and investigate security violations and modify procedures to prevent future incursions. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level IV): $128,506
What you'll earn to start: $66,665
What you’ll do: Design and develop software applications. This person will perform coding, debugging, testing, and troubleshooting throughout the application development process. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level V): $143,909
What you'll earn to start: $67,297
What you’ll do: Assist in the installation and maintenance of network communications. This person will configure various network devices and services and troubleshoot network issues within established guidelines. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree of computer science, engineering, or its equivalent.
Your earning potential (level V): $125,659
What you'll earn to start: $61,426
What you’ll do: Identify business trends and problems through complex big data analysis, and interpret results from multiple sources using a variety of techniques ranging from simple data aggregation via statistical analysis to complex data mining independently. This person designs, develops, and implements the most valuable business solutions for the organization, prepares big data, and implements data models and develops database to support business solutions. This role may require an advanced degree.
Your earning potential (level V): $144,684
What you'll earn to start: $70,372
What you’ll do: plan and build an organization's systems infrastructure. This person implements, monitors, modifies, and designs information systems. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.
Your earning potential (level I V): $139,306
Whatever You Choose, Make Sure You're Prepared
Whether you go for one of the entry level jobs on this list, or go into something else altogether, it’s important to properly negotiate your first salary. Salary.com can help.
Make sure to do your research so you're able to come to the table armed with the knowledge of what you’re worth. Use our free Salary Wizard to find out what's a fair salary for your position. You can enter your location, education level, years of experience, and more to find out an appropriate salary range before you start to negotiate.
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