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Money Magazine's 20 top jobs include three from IT


CNNmoney.com released its top 20 jobs based on research provided by Money Magazine and Salary.com. Three of the jobs are IT-related. Here they are and why they rated "top job" status:

Information Technology Generalist--According to the report, this position is "the gateway to more advanced IT jobs." It seemed strange to me that something would qualify as a top job if it's purpose is to be a transition into a different job, but the report takes in factors such as salary and job growth potential. For example, IT generalist scored very high on job growth potential but only rated a C+ in the Fulfilling and Challenging section. The median pay for this position is listed as

Performs information systems administrative procedures and maintains documentation that covers two or more functional areas including data control, applications training, data coordination and scheduling, data security administration, etc. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor. Engineer I--With a mean base salary of $53,600, this position has a 10-year Job Growth rate of 15%. It was rated a B in the Fulfilling and Challenging category.

The career description for Engineer I is:

Responsible for design, development, implementation, and analysis of technical products and systems. Performs engineering design evaluations. May develop a range of products. Recommends alterations to development and design to improve quality of products and/or procedures. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Network Administrator--Graded B for Fulfilling and Challenging, this job is ranked higher because of the whopping growth rate of 38%. The career description for Network Adminstrator, according to salary.com is:

Sets up, configures, and supports internal and/or external networks. Develops and maintains all systems, applications, security, and network configurations. Troubleshoots network performance issues and creates and maintains a disaster recovery plan. Recommends upgrades, patches, and new applications and equipment. Provides technical support and guidance to users. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Works under immediate supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

(In case you're planning a drastic career change from IT, the two top jobs are Project Brank Manager and Staff Nurse.) Here's the whole report.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

11 comments
nubbs17
nubbs17

Where can I find a network admin job that pays that much?! I will move tomorrow!!!! My problems are: 1)New to IT, 2)No degree/certification (yet) 3)I work for a small company 4)I'm in Northern Idaho... But still, I mean, I am the official "unofficial" network admin, I am also the administrative assistant to the CFO, Treasurer, and Accounting Manager. I have been here just over a year, doing IT the whole time, and have spent the last 6 months studying up (by book only) to get my MCSA. I'm only making $29,125, and that only for a month now. ANY IDEAS/ADVICE?! Thanks in advance!

devGuy
devGuy

Don't leave us in limbo... WHAT is the median pay???

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

You basically have to eat if for a couple of years to get experience. You also should really invest in certs and education. To get the right certs, you need to decide what you want to do. 1) Sys Admin - MCSE/Linux+ (or LCPI) and maybe another cert like Security+ 2) Net Admin - Net+ and CCNA 3) Security - CSP of almost any sort The education will help you get your foot in the door, but you gotta know your stuff and be ready to take on new technology with little or no training while actually creating SOPs and things like that. Just as a reality check, most IT positions will still require grunt work. Hell, I'm an instructor and I still pull cable and image my classrooms...

macghee
macghee

Nubbs, You state that you're new to the IT field. Welcome aboard. As a newbie, you're temporarily stuck at the lower end of the pay scale. That's a fact of life. You stated that your problems were new to the field, no degree or certifications (training), employed by a small company, in a remote corner of the USA. It seems to me that the position you are in is not as bad as you may think it is. You are aware of what your weaknesses are. That is a major plus right there. Many people don't have a clue. You now have one year's experience in the field. That is an improvement over where you were one year ago. You state that you are "studying up" to get your MCSA. Very good. How close to test ready are you? Keep studying. Be aware that studying in this field never ends. Actually, that's a good thing. It means that there is a never ending supply of neat stuff for us. Once you get that certification, look very seriously at the Cisco certifications. Go to http://www.semsim.com/ and download a copy of their free router simulator. Use it. Keep how you appear and act, in anything regarding the job - or it's physical proximity - completely professional. Mirror the management. Dress as they do. It sets the tone of how they percieve you; and how they perceive what your perception of them, and the job, is. Be patient, have a growth plan (it sounds like you do), and take some time to smell the flowers. Good luck!

pmshah
pmshah

My 33 year old daughter in New York is in 6 digit salary bracket as assistant Unix network admin. Her qualifications - Electrical engineering degree, Computer Science with Maths degree + RHCE. A few years of hard work & living frugally during the period does really pay off for the rest of your life.

neeraj
neeraj

A Median Pay is the midpoint of a group of Salaries, To calculate the median pay, you arrange the salaries in the order from lowest to highest then use this formula N+1/2..... For example $40,000;$42,000;$47,000;$55,000;$65,000;$77,000;$89,000 7+1/2 = 4 $55,000 is your Media Pay....

yakkergeek
yakkergeek

You'll see that the mean pay is 48.1k.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

When the rent there is even more expensive than in the Bay Area, you have to think that six digits (I'm thinking she was pulling down $120k gross), isn't THAT much of a salary. When rent is over 2k/month for a pretty crappy loft, than you have to guess that 120k isn't going to stretch very far for other things... I'm just sayin'

sprinkl3s
sprinkl3s

in new york you almost have to have a 6 digit salary, JUST TO GET BY!!!

pmshah
pmshah

Is his new math? In my books 7+1/2 = 7.5 i.e. if I take the computation by priorities of signs I learnt some 55 years ago. Should it not be (7+1)/2 ? What do you get if N is an even number? May be my grey cells are turning black!

uberg33k50
uberg33k50

Toni should have had the article proof read more throughly. That salary should have been included rather than leave an incomplete sentence. The last one made no mention of a salary and there was a typo at the very end. If you are going to report on an article then you want a whole report so you don't have to read the WHOLE thing...wasn't that the point?