Last updated on September 26, 2019
We’re back with the top jobs of 2019! To kick things off, we are starting with the best technology jobs from U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs of 2019 and how you can get started at the colleges of DCCCD. We’re sharing the training and degrees that you can get for these jobs. Some of these jobs will require a bachelor’s (or maybe even a master’s) degree, and some won’t; the requirements can vary widely by position and even by individual employer.
1. Software Developer
- Role: A software developer is the mastermind behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer. Others develop the primary systems that run the devices or control networks.
- Median Annual Wage: $101,790
- Educational Pathway: Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science or software engineering. However, you can earn a programming certificate or an associate degree in computer programming. Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science or software engineering.
2. Computer Systems Analyst
- Role: Computer systems analysts design and help the organization operate more effectively. They know a little about both information technology and business.
- Median Annual Wage: $88,270
- Educational Pathway: You can start by earning certifications or an associate degree in an IT field. You may also want to consider earning a bachelor’s degree in the future.
3. IT Manager
- Role: IT managers can usually be found planning software or hardware upgrades and negotiating with vendors for the service of current products or the purchase of new ones.
- Median Annual Wage: $149,730
- Educational Pathway: Start by earning certifications or an associate degree in an IT field. You may also want to consider earning a bachelor’s degree or even an Master of Business Administration (MBA).
4. Information Security Analyst
- Role: Information security analysts are the security guards of the technology world. They plan and protect an organization’s computer system from cyberattacks.
- Median Annual Wage: $95,510
- Educational Pathway: You have several options for degree paths. You may consider one of the following: Cyber Security Associate of Applied Science degree or a Digital Forensic Analyst Advanced Technical Certificate (offered through our Cyber Security program), a Network Administrator and Support Associate of Applied Science degree, an IT Security Skills Achievement Award, or an Information Security Skills Achievement Award (offered through our Computer Information Technology program.)
5. Database Administrator
- Role: Database administrators usually test and implement computer databases and coordinate changes to computer databases.
- Median Annual Wage: $89,050
- Educational Pathway: The Network Administrator and Support Associate of Applied Science degree can get you started but a bachelor’s degree in information or computer science degree may be required.
6. Web Developer
- Role: Web developers are responsible for creating websites.
- Median Annual Wage: $67,990
- Educational Pathway: Some employers may prefer for you to have a bachelor’s degree, but will also consider your portfolio or certifications. Coursework or an associate degree in Computer Information Technology, Multimedia Technology or Internet Development Technologies can help you get started.
8. Computer Systems Administrator
- Role: Computer systems administrators help manage an organization’s workflow and computer servers.
- Median Annual Wage: $81,100
- Educational Pathway: You can start by earning certifications or an associate degree in an IT field; however, you may want to consider earning a bachelor’s degree.
9. Computer Support Specialist
- Role: Computer support specialists primarily work with customers experiencing computer issues, often over the phone but also in a variety of settings, such as in-person or via online chat.
- Median Annual Wage: $62,340
- Educational Pathway: Education requirements vary depending on what your employer requires. A computer specialist job requires some computer knowledge but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree. To earn your associate degree, check out Personal Computer Support Associate of Applied Science degree.
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- Ready to get started? Dallas Community Colleges accepts applications through ApplyTexas or you can apply online using the eConnect Application for Credit Admissions.