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Which IT/Business Jobs are best?

November 12, 2010
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The following post is my breakdown of information from a study by Money Magazine. Notice that all of the entries below have high stress factors. This is unfortunately a prevalent trend in the industry.  I have done portions of IT Management, IT Business Analysis, Programmer Analysis amongst others not on the list. Product Management still interests me.

Curious is the absence of IT Directors and Entrepreneurs. I guess they didn’t make the cut (top 50).

Software Architect

Like architects who design buildings, they create the blueprints for software engineers to follow — and pitch in with programming too. Plus, architects are often called on to work with customers and product managers, and they serve as a link between a company’s tech and business staffs.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$119,000
Top pay $162,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
34%
Total jobs
(current)
110,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth A
Benefit to society C
Low stress C
Flexibility A

Product Management Dir.

Oversees the creation of strategic plans to ensure the sale and profitability of new products, lines, and services, and the evaluation of the financial aspects of product development, such as budgets, expenditures, research and development appropriations, returns-on-investment and profit-loss projections.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$148,000
Top pay $192,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
12%
Total jobs
(current)
20,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction A
Job security A
Future growth A
Benefit to society C
Low stress D
Flexibility A

IT Manager

Implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and techonology solutions for business needs. Plans, directs and coordinates daily activities of a department/group/team. Hires, reviews, and fires non-management employees. Plans, directs, and coordinates the development.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$102,000
Top pay $169,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
17%
Total jobs
(current)
150,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth A
Benefit to society C
Low stress D
Flexibility A

Management Consultant

Advise companies on how to grow the business or battle a problem. Economic upheaval is forcing many firms to rethink strategies, creating a need for advisers on everything from pricing and operations to cost-cutting and sales growth. Information technology consulting is one of the fastest-growing areas, as is helping companies explore international markets.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$117,000
Top pay $209,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
24%
Total jobs
(current)
50,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth A
Benefit to society C
Low stress D
Flexibility B

IT Business Analyst

Analyzes management, operations, healthcare, engineering and other business information processes to identify and specify computer software and hardware solutions.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$82,000
Top pay $115,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
20%
Total jobs
(current)
140,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth A
Benefit to society C
Low stress C
Flexibility B

Business Development Analyst

A business development analyst researches markets, clients, and competitors and performs internal financial analyses of business development proposals.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$75,000
Top pay $109,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
24%
Total jobs
(current)
20,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth B
Benefit to society C
Low stress C
Flexibility B

IT Program Manager

Develops and maintains plans, policies, and procedures for all project phases. Works closely with developers and testers to ensure functional designs and also assigns duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority to project personnel. May drive and participate in design, development and implementation.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$103,000
Top pay $149,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
17%
Total jobs
(current)
20,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth A
Benefit to society C
Low stress D
Flexibility A

Computer Scientist

Conducts research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Solves or develops solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$115,000
Top pay $167,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
24%
Total jobs
(current)
25,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction A
Job security B
Future growth B
Benefit to society B
Low stress B
Flexibility A

Programmer Analyst

Writes code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone or those which access servers or services. Designs, implements, and tests database schemas. Uses source debuggers and visual development environments. Works with designers and content producers. Writes code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.

Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$77,000
Top pay $109,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
20%
Total jobs
(current)
130,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth B
Benefit to society C
Low stress C
Flexibility B
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