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These 10 Highest Paying Tech Jobs (Plus How to Get Certified)

Technology dominates society in our everyday lives. From smartphones to web-enabled dashboards in our cars to smart homes, it is all around us. For this reason, there has been an explosion in the job market over the past decade. While data engineers and programmers have always been in demand, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence in the past few years has added further fuel to the fire. The job market is full of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related jobs that offer some of the highest salaries out there. More and more new positions are being created daily to keep up with this technology-driven world, and they do not always require a college degree. An increase in technology-related certificates and coding boot camps has given people new access to very high-paying careers. With an average six-figure salary for each in-demand job, the education or time spent in a boot camp can be well worth it. Furthermore, once in this field,...

Dec 1, 2023

DEI-Related Jobs Were All The Hype After George Floyd's Death — Now, They're Being Cut

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Performative as “made or done for show (as to bolster one’s own image or make a positive impression on others).” This is what the word means as it relates to disapproving, self-serving actions. At the crux of events after the George Floyd murder in 2020, several actors in the United States responded in ways that did not move policy or legislation but were assumed to appease the heightened emotions of Black people across the globe. The referenced actions were described as performative, moves that seemed to speak to culture without addressing the root cause of what was happening. One of the most pervasive actions stemming from that year was that companies across several industries made statements about justice and equity while flooding job sites with new roles that support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (DEI). Persons hired to manage and lead DEI departments were tasked with providing internal and external-facing solutions. They were...

Feb 28, 2023

Despite A Pending Recession, LinkedIn Data Shows Professionals Are Using Pandemic-Born Confidence To Stay In The Game

If you’re able to transport your mind to the 1970s for a second, you’ll likely become acquainted with the classic sitcom “Good Times.” The show focused on a Black family attempting to navigate the struggles of divestment and poor policy in the inner city of Chicago, IL. Episode after episode, the Evans Family faces a barrier that halts their attempt to progress forward. One of the recurring barriers was centered around economic mobility due to low-paying jobs. The patriarch of the family, James Evans, was relentless in his desire to provide a better lifestyle for his family. And one day, the opportunity of a lifetime happens. The caveat? The job is based in Alaska. It’s not the ideal situation for the family, but the break they needed, and since options were few, the Evans Family made it work until it didn’t work anymore. For years, bearing some nuances, many people approached the job market similarly – taking whatever opportunities would pay the bills and working their way up a...

Jan 18, 2023

Lil Baby Joins Entrepreneur Lemont Bradley In An Effort To Give 100 Jobs To Teens And Young Adults In His Hometown Of Atlanta

Lil Baby is preparing teens and young adults in his hometown for success. According to CBS 46, the “We Paid” singer will team up with entrepreneur Lemont Bradley to help provide job opportunities for those under 21-years-old living in Atlanta, GA. “We are looking to give out 100 jobs to teenagers and young adults in the metro Atlanta area,” said both Lil Baby and Bradley, according to the news outlet. “With the crime rate surrounding scams, robbery, and even murder being so high, we are looking to provide a positive outlet and revenue stream to those who are looking for an income.”

Jul 20, 2022

Here Are The Top 10 Jobs In The U.S. Of 2022, And Most Of Them Come With A Bag Of Over Six Figures

Today’s job market is consistently evolving. And with the inflation rate going up, many companies are hustling, trying to figure out how to recruit and retain top-tier talent. It seems as if some organizations have figured it out — at least from a salary perspective. Recently, Indeed, a global job searching site, released new data showing the top 20 jobs of 2022. The list is ranked by “employer demand, salary (using a baseline annual salary of $75,000), and consistent growth in the number of job postings from 2019 to 2022,” according to the company’s post. Many of the jobs on the list offer six figures as a base salary. Considering the traditional workforce can be elitist with education requirements, a few of the top spots have varied levels of education as entry points. It is also important to note that many jobs on the list are in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). As more Black and brown people enter the tech industry, this list supports the industry’s...

Jul 15, 2022

CareerBuilder, Black Information Network Team Up To Launch Platform To Connect Employers To Black Talent

Companies across all industries are working to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Organizations seem committed to creating equitable spaces, from internal cultural reconfiguration to refining hiring practices. CareerBuilder and Black Information Network have entered the chat with a new resource to help advance this work across industries. The two companies launched a new initiative that will create a pipeline of diverse talent.

May 18, 2022

TikToker Reveals That A Voicemail Greeting May Have Prevented Her From Getting A Job

Voicemails can hold us back from getting jobs now? According to Daily Dot, one TikToker claims that she learned that a voicemail greeting prevented her from landing a new job. With more than 8,000 followers (as of this writing), Zanaya Jones is no stranger to getting candid about her life on the social media platform. In the latest video, however, she recalls an incident where she claims she “didn’t get hired” because of her voicemail. @zanayajones8 #harristeeter #fyp #dumbmanagers ♬ original sound – zanayajones8 “Yes, Miss Jones, I recommend if you apply for a job and you expect somebody to call you that you have a more appropriate response on your voicemail,” said the prospective employer, according to the TikTok. “So thank you for applying, and no need to give us a call back.”

Feb 3, 2022

Meaningful Gigs' Ronnie Kwesi Coleman Aims To Connect African Talent With 100K Jobs By 2028

The phrase “Africa to the world” can serve as a wake-up call to those sleeping on what the continent has to offer. Some of the world’s brightest minds come from Africa. Still, the lack of mainstream visibility and connections creates barriers to opportunities, which is why Ronnie Kwesi Coleman’s mission is to keep African talent from having their skills overlooked. In 2019, the Ghanaian tech innovator co-founded Meaningful Gigs, a D.C.-based startup that connects highly skilled African designers with top companies and enterprises such as Starbucks, IDEO, Bloomberg, and Meta. Coleman’s efforts to create the marketplace are linked to filling the staggering gap in African countries’ income classes. “The thought was how do we create jobs and build a thriving middle class in Africa. And then our vision was to create 100,000 skilled jobs,” Coleman told AfroTech. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meaningful Gigs (@meaningfulgigs) Coleman spoke with us about connecting with...

Dec 17, 2021

Study Finds Tech Professionals Aren't Impressed With How The Industry Addresses Diversity

Nearly 70 percent of young tech professionals say they have felt uncomfortable at work based on their identities and lack of inclusion. Wiley , a developer of digital education solutions, published this stat along with others in its Diversity in Tech: 2021 U.S. Report during the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit. The company surveyed 2,000 early-career tech professionals and 270 business leaders. Wiley found that 68 percent of businesses represented in the report said there is a lack of diversity in their tech workforces. These key findings may come as a shock since U.S. companies are spending a collective $8 billion a year on diversity and inclusion efforts, yet 50 percent of young tech professionals surveyed said they have left or wanted to leave jobs because of company cultures and unwelcome workplaces. “This report proves that investment alone isn’t enough to achieve equity in the workplace,” Todd Zipper, president of Wiley Education Services, said in a press release. “We need to take an...

Oct 7, 2021

Google Announces $7B Investment to Provide 10,000 Jobs, Expand U.S. Office Spaces and Data Centers

Google has announced another ambitious effort that is betting it all on America’s post-pandemic office spaces. As the U.S. looks to begin its road to recovery post-pandemic, Google has shared that it wishes to help lead those recovery efforts by offering a $7 billion investment plan that aims to back office spaces and data centers across the country as well as generate 10,000 new full-time jobs at the company, a blog post reports. This multi-billion dollar plan also includes investing in communities that are new to Google and expanding in others across 19 U.S. states, most notably its California headquarters which will receive a over $1 billion in investments. “Coming together in person to collaborate and build community is core to Google’s culture, and it will be an important part of our future. So we continue to make significant investments in our offices around the country, as well as our home state of California, where we will be investing over $1 billion this year,” Sundar...

Mar 22, 2021

Black HBCU Graduates Are Securing Jobs at a High Rate, But Why Not in STEM?

Black professionals are groomed to be resilient and steadfast, especially when it comes to entering the job market. When the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, the economy was sent into disarray. At its highest, the unemployment rate was up to 14.7% last April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and 16.7% of the Black population was without work. The numbers are stark, but graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have continued to find a soft spot in the economy as they enter the job market for the first time. HBCUs were created to educate Black Americans when other institutions wouldn’t. Today, roughly 85% of HBCU students are still Black. Since 2016, the hiring rate for HBCU graduates has climbed an average of 5.9% year over year, LinkedIn shared in some new research, but there was a sharp decline last year for obvious reasons. The hiring rate for HBCU alumni fell by 11.9% in 2020, compared to a decline of 16.2% for all national LinkedIn...

Feb 19, 2021

Coursera Expands Support For Black Learners, Teams Up With Howard University, Facebook and Black Girls CODE

Coursera has announced a partnership with Howard University (HU) to build a job-relevant course catalog. The online open course provider that launched in 2012 made a commitment last year to better address systemic racism through learning tactics. Coursera partners with more than 200 universities and companies to offer courses on its platform spanning an array of topics. This new partnership with HU will allow the prominent HBCU to build a catalog of courses taught by its faculty to equip students of color with the education they need as they enter the job market. The first round of courses in the catalog slated to launch later this year will focus on information systems for business and linear algebra for data science specializations. Through this new partnership, HU president Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick is joining Coursera’s university advisors board. “Historically, there has been a disconnect between companies and top-level talent from underrepresented communities who don’t have the...

Feb 11, 2021

Top Work From Home Jobs

The aftermath of the current pandemic has created a stronger desire by many to work from home so that they can have more time with their families while earning a steady income.  Some work-from-home opportunities are scams, and you want to look out for them when applying for jobs.  Some good websites to visit for remote jobs include Flex Jobs, Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster.  If you have relatives and friends who work from home, ask them if their employers have openings for remote jobs.  Here are some of the best work-from-home jobs. Online Proofreading Are you obsessed with proper grammar in yours or others’ writing?  If so, then you could work as an online proofreader.  In order to succeed at this job, you’ll need an advanced or intermediate knowledge of the English language, an understanding of the different formats used for research papers, and you should have strong communication and time management skills.  If you’re new to proofreading, take some online courses and read...

Nov 5, 2020

How To Crush Your Next Job Interview

You’ve just landed a job interview, and you’re understandably excited. Suddenly, your stomach shifts with anxiety as you try to figure out what to do next. First, don’t panic. Follow these simple steps to nail that interview and walk away with a job offer. Do your homework Learn everything you can about your prospective employer. Review their product line and price points, read both employee and customer reviews on third-party sites, and read study any local industry analyses you can find.  You’ll not only be able to determine if this company is a good fit for you but sprinkling this kind of information into an interview can set you apart from other candidates. Dress appropriately Each business has its own workplace attire standards, which you should try to determine before your interview. You may want to wear something in line with what your prospective employer expects its staff to wear, but formal business attire is best when in doubt. Also, make sure your paperwork, such as your...

Oct 30, 2020

Work-From-Home Online Side Jobs That Can Pay More Than $15/Hour

Work-from-home side jobs that can earn you more than $15 an hour include transcribing audio and video or instructing an online course. The income from online side jobs can help you reach financial goals like paying off student loans faster, and with a broad selection of side hustles available, you’re likely to find one that’s a good match for your needs. 4 work-from-home online side jobs that can pay $15-plus an hour Taking on a second job online can be an effective way to boost your cash flow , but side gigs are known for their variable pay. While the following online side jobs often pay more than $15 an hour, there’s no guarantee because of variations such as location and time spent. 1. Audio and video transcriber 2. Online course instructor 3. Social media marketer 4. Virtual assistant 1. Audio and video transcriber If you have a few extra hours on weekends or an extra hour a day, you could generate income by transcribing audio and video recordings. Kollin Lephart, founder and...

Mar 12, 2020