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Although it is sometimes overlooked, IT professionals are powerhouses of the workplace. These men and women can astound their co-workers with the ability to work productively for long hours, while others possess an uncanny knack for finding proverbial needles in technology haystacks. Whatever the roles, these professionals enhance and uplift the work of everyone in the office.

Web Developer

Super power: 

Mad scientist with code

Job responsibilities:

  • Design, code, and update websites and web applications from back-end to front-end
  • Integrate content, graphics, audio, and video to create functional as well as appealing websites

Trademark skills:

Creativity, fluency in multiple coding languages and excellent communication skills

Average salary: (1)

$56,000

Job outlook: (2)

Expected to see 15% job growth from 2016 to 2026

Systems Analyst

Super power:

Bionic brainpower

Job responsibilities:

  • Assess computer systems and use technology to streamline and improve them for maximum efficiency and functionality
  • Unite business and IT to utilize strengths and combat weaknesses

Trademark skills:

Problem-solving, analytical mind, and attention to detail

Average salary: (3)

$65,000

Job outlook: (4)

Expected to see 9% job growth from 2016 to 2026

Database Administrator

Super power:

Magic forcefield of protection

Job responsibilities:

  • Maintain the integrity and performance of an organization’s databases
  • Ensure that data is stored securely
  • Resolve access, password, and backup issues when necessary

Trademark skills:

Team player, organizational skills, and deep knowledge of database theory

Average salary: (5)

$70,000

Job outlook: (6)

Expected to see 11% job growth from 2016 to 2026

Cybersecurity Analyst

Super power:

Supersonic speed and detecting power

Job responsibilities:

  • Monitor networks for security breach threats
  • Conduct investigations into any incidents that do occur
  • Protect their company’s intellectual property as well as customer and employee information

Trademark skills:

Analytical mind, self-motivated, and up-to-date knowledge of industry trends and security threats

Average salary: (7)

$74,000

Job outlook: (8)

Expected to see 28% job growth from 2016 to 2026

IT Specialist

Super power:

Trouble-shooter extraordinaire

Job responsibilities:

  • Duties vary by industry and by company
  • Must be familiar with design, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of technology
  • Resolve user issues on-call

Trademark skills:

Versatility, communication skills, and problem-solving

Average salary: (9)

$50,000

Job outlook: (10)

Expected to see 11% job growth from 2016 to 2026

Sources

  1. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Web_Developer/Salary
  2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/web-developers.htm#tab-6
  3. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Computer_Systems_Analyst/Salary
  4. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm#tab-6
  5. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Database_Administrator_(DBA)/Salary
  6. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm#tab-6
  7. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Cyber_Security_Analyst/Salary
  8. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-6
  9. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Technology_Specialist/Salary
  10. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm#tab-6
  11. https://www.monster.com
  12. https://www.indeed.com