Methodology used to discover this decade’s best computer jobs centered around a 4-point weighted analysis of employment growth forecasts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, IT salaries from Indeed.com, the ratio of job listings to qualified applicants on leading technology job boards, and potential for upward mobility based on interviews with IT/employment subject matter experts and 2012’s IT hiring trends.
Discover the ten best computer jobs for the future:
Mobile Application Developer
Mobile App Developer Employment Projections | 2010 – 2020
Key Growth FactorsMobile application development is one of the world’s fastest growing occupations. As smart phones and tablets continue to change the way we communicate, do business, and access news & entertainment, the demand for new and innovative mobile apps is growing at an incredible speed. This increased demand translates to one of the largest IT skills gaps ever realized – there are simply more mobile app development job openings than skilled application developers to fill them. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS (iPhone & iPad) platforms will continue to offer the most job opportunities for mobile developers; view this graph for a breakdown of mobile OS market share.
- 10-Year Growth Pct: 32% (much faster than avg.)†
- 10-Year Growth Volume: 292,000 new jobs
- Average Salary: $95,000
- Mobile App Developer Career Path ››
Database Administrator Employment Projections | 2010 – 2020
Key Growth FactorsBusinesses are accumulating record amounts of digital information, spurring the need for trained and certified DBAs to store, organize, analyze and secure this data. In addition, as more databases are connected to the Internet and cloud, data security will become increasingly vital & complex; database administrators and developers – especially those with information security skills – will be hired to protect corporate databases from hackers and other security threats.
- 10-Year Growth Pct: 31% (much faster than avg.)†
- 10-Year Growth Volume: 33,900 new jobs
- Average Salary: $82,000
- DBA Career Path ››
Software Engineer Employment Projections | 2010 – 2020
Key Growth Factors: The demand for software engineers will rise along with technological advancements and the proliferation of emerging network technologies. For example, increased corporate adoption of cloud and virtualization strategies will create a surge in demand for applications software engineers who can design and develop secure web-based programs. Likewise, as the sophistication and adoption of electronic data-processing systems continues to rise, the need to implement and upgrade to these new computer systems will fuel job creation for systems software engineers
- 10-Year Growth Pct: 30% (much faster than avg.)†
- 10-Year Growth Volume: 270,900 new jobs
- Average Salary: $90,000
- Software Engineer Career Path ››