While the economy is on a roll right now and unemployment is down, millennials and recent college graduates are still facing an uphill climb when it comes to landing a good-paying job. The job market is highly competitive with fewer job offers. We have all heard stories of millennials interning for little or no pay, moving back in with their parents or becoming highly-educated baristas.
With college getting more and more expensive each year, the ROI (return on investment) of a college degree is rapidly diminishing. So, how can you avoid these fates? The answer lies in getting the right degree, one that leads you into a field with plentiful opportunities. Every day, the world is getting more technologically advanced and driving that train are good paying jobs.
Filling the Demand for Tech Jobs
While it is great to get a degree in the arts and humanities, desirable occupations in those fields are extremely competitive and not as “in-demand” as jobs in the STEM fields such as technology. At a time when the U.S. has an overwhelming lack of STEM graduates and many more tech jobs than qualified individuals ready to fill them, those seeking college degrees may want to choose a technology-related major. A degree in technology is sure to make you a more desirable commodity when it comes to today’s job market.
According to the U.S. Labor Department, over the next ten years, technology jobs will grow faster than the average growth rate for all other jobs at an impressive rate of 13 percent. Not only that, these jobs boast a higher pay rate as well as much lower unemployment rates. If you want the best return on investment from your college degree, it’s worth looking at which career paths pay the most.
Tech Positions and Median Salaries
The US News and World Report recently published this list of the best jobs in tech along with their median salaries:
Software Developer - $100,080
Information Security Analyst - $92,600
IT Manager - $135,800
Computer Systems Analyst - $87,220
Computer Network Architect - $101,210
Computer Systems Administrator - $79,700
Database Administrator - $84,950
Web Developer - $66,130
Computer Support Specialist - $52,160
Computer Programmer - $79,840
Some people shy away from the tech industry because they feel they lack the ability to be successful in tech or they feel their strengths and talents are more creative than technical. The tech industry needs both left-brained dominant (methodical & analytical) thinkers as well as right-brained dominant (artistic & creative) individuals. Many of the tech jobs listed above require creative, out-of-the-box thinking and an artistic bent.
Touro College Graduate School of Technology has amazing programs designed for students looking to break into the tech industry. Called the best-value college in the country by Money Magazine, Touro gives students a hefty bang for the buck. Take control of your future and learn high-demand skills for an exciting career in tech.
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