Top 7 Best Paying Jobs in Computer Science 2017

Top 7 Best Paying Jobs in Computer Science 2017

Over 146,000 students graduate in computer science every year, including many from some of the top universities in the United States such as MIT, Harvard University and Stanford University. As a computer science graduate, you can consider yourself lucky as you will have many more options, and access to better paying jobs than someone graduating with a liberal arts degree.

So what are the highest paying jobs in computer science today? Let’s find out! [All information on salaries have been obtained from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com.]

Here’s a look at the top 7 best paying jobs in computer science in 2017…

#1: Applications Architect

An application architect’s job is different from that of a software developer – which you’re probably familiar with. Application architects are the highest paid professionals in computer science, and earn anything from $66,000 to $183,000. They have an excellent understanding of various software development frameworks and specific programming languages. They have extensive project management experience and it is their job to manage the software development within the organization.

#2: Applications Development Manager

Application development managers are trained in information systems, computer science and generally have a degree in management from top business schools. These are serious professionals who earn in the range of $86,000 to $162,000. It is their job to monitor the development of software applications and platforms within the organization. They are expected to have extensive knowledge of and experience with database design and application development.

 #3: Information Systems Security Manager

Information Systems Security Manager is responsible for monitoring the security of the client data and IT systems within the company. This job requires a degree in computer science and information systems, with a certification in the specific system security software used by the organization. You can draw an annual pay of $115,000 to $160,000 in this job.

 #4: Software Engineer

A software engineer’s job is the most common position in the IT industry.  Software engineers are ranked based on their experience and are paid accordingly. Software engineers are different from software developers as they have a degree in engineering and make use of engineering principles to develop state-of-the-art software. They earn in a broad range of $61,000 to $160,000 depending on their rank and the company they work for.

#5: Network Architect

A network architect is responsible for designing intra-office networks such as WAN, LAN, VoIP and Internet within the organization. They are network specialists with at least five years of experience as network engineers. It is their job to develop a networking plan for the company and supervise the role of other network engineers. Network architects earn in the range of $78,000 to $156,000.

#6: Data Architects

Data architects are trained in data analysis, business intelligence (BI), database modeling, reporting and data mining. It is their job to maintain the integrity of the data warehouse within the organization. They will have many data analysts working under them. They are paid well, within the range of $115,000 and $154,000.

 #7:  Software Quality Assurance (QA) Managers

It is a Quality Assurance (QA) manager’s job to monitor the software-related quality assurance tasks within the organization. They have a team of QA analysts and testers working under them. This job requires many years of experience as a QA analyst. QA managers earn in the rage of $67,000 to $150,000.

 What’s your dream job in computer science? And how do you plan to get it? Tell us about it!

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