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Report: Jobs In Tech Sector Among Highest Paying

PHOTO: It's likely no surprise that technology careers offer the greatest potential for growth in 2015, but just how much could prompt some folks to consider a career change. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
PHOTO: It's likely no surprise that technology careers offer the greatest potential for growth in 2015, but just how much could prompt some folks to consider a career change. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
October 2, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Job seekers in Nevada may be interested in a report out this week that shows technology careers are paying big dividends compared with other sectors of the economy.

The report from the human resources consulting firm Robert Half International projects a nearly 6 percent increase in starting salaries in the technology field.

The company's senior executive director, Paul McDonald, says his firm also predicts growth in traditional fields such as accounting and marketing, where technology is involved.

"Technology truly is running its course through all functional roles today,” he stresses. “You need technology as a foundational, functional understanding, in order to be successful in any one of these specialty areas."

According to the report, among the top positions to watch are mobile applications developer, data architect and chief security officer. All three have starting salaries that top $100,000 dollars a year.

McDonald says many careers in the technology sector don't necessarily require four-year degrees, and can be secured with additional training that could be done at night or online.

"If you find yourself unemployed, it's really a good investment to go back and go to a trade school, go to a junior college to retrain yourself, to make yourself marketable in these very hot areas," he points out.

McDonald says companies are making employee retention a high priority, since turnover is particularly challenging for high-tech positions.

He adds many businesses are offering flexible work hours to accommodate a work-life balance for skilled workers who are the right fit.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV