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IT's 10 Fastest-Growing Paychecks

Check out the IT roles that will see the biggest salary increases in 2015. Can you guess the top three?
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10. Chief Security Officer, $134,000 - $204,750

Pay for CSOs in 2015 will rank among the highest salaries, but will jump a modest 7.1% year over year, according to Robert Half's salary guide.

The CSO position is a new addition to the list this year, Reed noted, and its salary increase is a testament that security is driving the demand for certain technology roles. 'Security continues to be a hot issue -- there just aren't enough skilled people in this area to fill the demand for the talent,' he said.

Network security engineers (6.7%), information systems security managers (6.6%), and systems security administrators (6%) all saw modest salary increases as well.
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10. Chief Security Officer, $134,000 - $204,750
Pay for CSOs in 2015 will rank among the highest salaries, but will jump a modest 7.1% year over year, according to Robert Half's salary guide.

The CSO position is a new addition to the list this year, Reed noted, and its salary increase is a testament that security is driving the demand for certain technology roles. "Security continues to be a hot issue -- there just aren't enough skilled people in this area to fill the demand for the talent," he said.

Network security engineers (6.7%), information systems security managers (6.6%), and systems security administrators (6%) all saw modest salary increases as well.

(Image: Flickr)

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Technocrati
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12/9/2014 | 10:17:55 PM
2015: The year of New Tech Titles and Skill Sets

Thanks Kristin for providing this interesting list.  I was not even close to guessing what the top three might be though I guess my hunch about security was a safe bet.

 

Surprised to see wireless engineer so high on the list as well.

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12/1/2014 | 3:21:18 PM
Re: Where is QA?
@Davidinil, I know this is utopian thinking, but if we are paying a premium for those working with data and building apps, shouldn't we get high quality from those individuals? QA is important because things are not done right to begin with, for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps many managers just don't expect enough out of their highly paid developers and data engineers.
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11/25/2014 | 10:46:21 AM
Re: Where is QA?
@moarsauce123,

Great comment.  Companies will SAY they are super conccerned about high quality data and apps.  But when it comes right down to it, they will not pay up for quality.  This reflects my experience in the corporate world.  In developing a project, any comments I make regarding integrety and quality are met with "we will deal with that after we implement".  After we implement the quality improvements do not come until some VP notices some of the bad data.  Then it's a critical emergency.
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11/22/2014 | 1:12:52 AM
Re: Mobile app developer salary hike
Thats true. We see a great demand of Business Analysts and data scientist in market today. Businesses are hiring tech savy people for the analysis of their brands and markets so they can hike up their revenues. For all those who are in these field should tighten up their seat belts, theres good news for them in the coming year. 
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11/21/2014 | 2:28:44 PM
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""The area of big data will continue to drive growth for IT professionals who can help companies harness and protect their data. Most companies are really just beginning to understand the insights that can be gleaned from the information they collect," he said. "Security also continues to be a hot issue. There just aren't enough skilled people in this area to fill that demand for talent.""

Security engineering coupled with data engineering would be the hottest topic in the coming years because of the fact that cloud computing needs ample amounts of security to become popular. Leaking of data is not an option nowadays because information is currency and the one who has information is a forced to be reckoned of.
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11/21/2014 | 2:25:33 PM
Re: Mobile app developer salary hike
"The salary hike of mobile app developer and wireless network engineer and big data analyst comes as a pleasant surprise because of the fact that these three things would be the governing titles in the coming years due to IOT."

The Data engineering salaries would be seeing a hike too because of the roles data mining has to play when cloud systems are integrated fully within the canopy of a company.
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11/19/2014 | 6:18:04 AM
Mobile app developer salary hike
The salary hike of mobile app developer and wireless network engineer and big data analyst comes as a pleasant surprise because of the fact that these three things would be the governing titles in the coming years due to IOT.
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11/18/2014 | 11:08:10 AM
Re: Where is QA?
QA roles didn't crack the top 10, and were below the national average for salary raises year-over-year:

QA Engineer, Manual: $63,750-$88,250 (+5.2%)
QA Engineer, Automated: $74,250-$103,750 (+4.1%)
QA/Testing Manager: $90,000-$122,500 (+4%)
QA Associate/Analyst: $62,000-$97,500 (+3.7%)
moarsauce123
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11/18/2014 | 7:22:58 AM
Where is QA?
And Quality Assurance is again absent from such a list. All nice to have all these high paid people making stuff, but where are the ones who make sure it indeed works? As I mentioned many times before, mediocre is the new black.
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11/17/2014 | 4:23:16 PM
Re: mobile app developer
@TerriB

Ooooh. Now I understand you perspective. Yes, there is definitely a hired-gun aspect to app designing. Unless the tech works for a larger company, in which case, yes, the job description would probably be a multi-tasking position (designing and security and help desk, etc).

I'm a freelance writer so I understand the hired-gun aspect. If I was at a large company, I'd be in the general communications department working on everything from web content to press releases to white papers. I'd just be doing it all for one company. Now I do that for multiple companies.
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