7 Tech Jobs That Didn’t Exist 20 Years Ago

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The Digital Age has brought with it tech jobs that weren’t even being imagined in our parents’ generation. What are a few of the most popular, and how does one snag these contemporary careers? Learn more about the career opportunities that become available with an online degree in Information Technology from King University.

Cloud solutions architect

In the 1990s, telling someone you worked “in the cloud” might get you a weird look.

Median salary: $122,107

Necessary skills: Attention to detail, ability to solve complex problems, planning and organizational skills

12,700 Tech Jobs

Number of openings in the U.S. each year through 2024

App developer

From language learning to first-person shooting games—apps don’t make themselves.

Median salary: $66,847

Necessary skills: Creativity and vision, open to new ideas, ability to work on a team

149.3 billion

Number of apps downloaded in 2016.

Drone operator

Some of you are doing this for free, so the joke’s on you.

Median salary: $70,700

Necessary skills: Natural coordination, ability to learn new technologies, ability to analyze and solve complex problems

$1.9 billion

Amount of venture capital that has gone into drone startups so far

Website user experience designer

These smooth operators make sure smooth customers can use their smooth website smoothly. If not, they make some real smooth corrections.

Median salary: $72,405

Necessary skills: Ability to adapt to change, quick problem-solving skills, innovative mindset

A well-designed user interface for a business’ website could raise its conversion rates up to 200%.

Social media manager

Companies now need people to run their social media pages, including making witty comments to customers via Twitter.

Median salary: $48,097

Necessary skills: Expert communication skills, creative writing experience, good sense of humor

When companies provide customer service through social media, those customers spend 20%-40% more.

Driverless car engineer

These brainiacs work on the cars of the future: no drivers, all automation, all the time.

Median salary: $233,000

Necessary skills: Desire to learn new technology, ability to work on a team, self-discipline

$80 billion

Estimated amount invested in driverless car technology over the past three years

Digital analytics manager

They look at the crazy amount of data a business collects through social media, ad clicks and website traffic.

Median salary: $92,958

Necessary skills: Leadership skills, attention to detail, a strong analytical mind


Estimated job openings for data science and analytics professionals by 2020


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  2. http://www.jobhero.com
  3. https://www.statista.com
  4. https://dronelife.com
  5. https://www.forbes.com
  6. https://www.entrepreneur.com
  7. https://www.paysa.com
  8. https://www.driverlessguru.com