Here Are This Year’s High-Paying Careers

Staffing specialists Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group have put together their 2015 Salary Guides, and have listed the top six high paying careers of 2015.

In general, salaries will continue to rise for professionals in the technology and creative fields this year. Concepts like Big Data and the Internet of Everything are prompting companies to make big investments in technology, and workers with certain skills will benefit.

According to Half, these are the hot careers for 2015:

“1. Mobile applications developer: The need for skilled professionals who can develop applications for tablets and smartphones will only intensify as companies keep pace with the growing mobile market. Similar to 2014, experienced mobile applications developers can expect to see the largest increase (10.2 percent) in starting compensation of any tech position listed in the Salary Guide, earning between $107,500 and $161,500, on average.

  1. Big data engineer: As organizations of all types launch or advance big data initiatives, many will look to hire experienced engineers who can communicate with business users and data scientists, and translate business objectives into data processing workflows. Big data engineers can anticipate a 9.3 percent boost in starting pay in 2015, with average salaries ranging from $119,250 to $168,250.
  2. Wireless network engineer: Professionals who can effectively research, design, implement and optimize wireless networks will be in high demand as more internal infrastructure projects are launched to support the rising use of mobile devices and wireless technologies. Wireless network engineers can expect a 9.1 percent bump in base compensation this year, with average starting salaries between $99,000 and $137,500.
  3. User experience (UX) director: A compelling and satisfying user experience is vital to the success of any web or mobile initiative. Organizations need creative leadership to ensure the user experience across web and mobile properties is consistent and aligns with business strategy and brand identity. Experienced UX directors can anticipate average starting salaries between $110,500 and $178,000, up 6.8 percent from 2014.
  4. Interactive creative director: To execute successful interactive marketing and advertising campaigns, companies need creative leaders who are adept at coordinating the efforts of designers, writers and art directors into one cohesive vision. Skilled interactive creative directors can expect average starting salaries to increase 5.7 percent in 2015, to the range of $100,500 to $180,250.
  5. Web designer (5+ years of experience): Organizations need experienced web designers to ensure their Internet and intranet sites, and digital communications — such as emails, online ads and social media sites — accurately reflect the goals, objectives and identity of the business. Web designers with five or more years of experience can expect to earn between $80,000 and $112,500, on average, a gain of 4.8 percent over last year.”

Wow, those are some nice salaries, aren’t they? Most of these jobs require a level of technical expertise and education that doesn’t come quickly, or cheaply. But some careers in this space are more experience-based. For instance, there are plenty of successful web designers and interactive marketing pros who don’t have advanced degrees.

In other words, there are lucrative careers to be had in this field that a determined person could go after – even if he or she doesn’t want to commit to years of extra schooling. Experience – and being able to get the job done – count for a lot in this fast-paced area of the tech world.

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