- Jobs in tech tend to be very high paying.
- Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we looked at wages and employment in 22 occupations that rely heavily on computer science and data analysis.
- Computer and information systems managers topped the list with an annual salary of $142,530.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program provides data on the number of people employed in various occupations and industries and what they typically earn. Using that data, we found the median annual earnings as of May 2018, the most recent period for which data is available, for 22 occupations that rely heavily on computer science and data analysis in their work.
Unsurprisingly, occupations at the cutting edge of technology tend to be very high-paying. All 22 of the occupations we’ve highlighted had median annual earnings above the overall national median of $38,640 reported by the BLS.
Here are those tech occupations, ranked from lowest to highest median annual pay, along with the number of people employed in those jobs:
22. Computer operators make an annual salary of $45,840.
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Total employed in the US: 34,700
What they do, according to O*NET: Computer operators monitor electronic data processing equipment in several fields, including science, business, and engineering.
21. Statistical assistants make an annual salary of $48,330.
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Total employed in the US: 11,010
What they do, according to O*NET: Statistical assistants compile data to use in statistical formulas and studies, and put together charts and graphs.
20. Computer-user support specialists make an annual salary of $50,980.
Total employed in the US: 630,700
What they do, according to O*NET: Computer-user support specialists provide customer support for computer users, which including answering questions, fixing computer problems, or giving advice on how best to solve an issue.
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