In this digital day and age, with life-changing iPhone apps and social media taking over our social lives, it may come as no surprise that jobs in technology fields are some of the most stable—and highest paid. And these careers go way beyond hammering out code for the Web; anyone with an interest in tech can find their niche. Luckily, there are a number of college majors that will equip for a bright future with a hefty salary.
Engineer a killer career
Engineering, for example, is one of the most popular majors today, making up 70% of the highest paid majors, according to Bankrate. Although a broad field, engineering offers more than 25 distinctly different degrees, with computer engineering nearing the top of the highest paid list. Just think of how many websites and computer programs you interact with every day— and the hundreds of professionals creating them, running them, and making them better. The need for computer engineers remains strong, and their average salary of $70,722, according to Glassdoor’s national salary estimate, proves it!
If creating hardware and software isn’t your cup of tea, that doesn't mean you can't find work in the tech sector. For example, one of the newest emerging fields making its way into colleges is the social media major. Teaching students about modern branding and marketing, colleges like Newberry College in South Carolina use a wide variety of classes in their social media majors to provide students with a well-rounded education. For example, some include art classes like graphic design, as well as a mix of others like psychology, statistics, business administration, and communications. Having this background equips a social media manager to understand every aspect of the social media marketing business. A social media manager’s salary averages $46,000, according to Payscale.
Think beyond your major
Not surprisingly, social media has created a market for many new jobs, since most companies need a person to strategically manage their accounts. But what might come as a surprise is that students in traditional majors can break into the technology field too. English majors can use their skills as technology writers, breaking down tough technology jargon into simpler terms for the general public. With most tech writer jobs starting at entry level, those fresh out of college with little tech experience can still land a decent salary: the national average for technology writers is $59,458, according to Glassdoor.
And who makes the technology that we use as attractive on the outside as it is useful in it’s programmatic inside? Those majoring in art can work at tech companies, using their illustration and design skills for key tasks like website and app design. With 1.2 million mobile applications in the Apple App Store and 1.3 million in the Google Play store (for Android users), the app economy is booming, making room for countless design jobs. The average website designer’s salary is $45,000, according to Payscale.
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