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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,...

Leah Jones

Dec 1, 2023

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...

Josh Rodgers

Jul 15, 2022

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...

Michelai Graham

Oct 7, 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...

Michelai Graham

Feb 19, 2021

This Training Program is Teaching Prisoners How to Code So They Can Acquire Jobs in Tech

Prisoners are getting job training so they can prepare to enter the field of tech upon their release, thanks to prison rehabilitation program, The Last Mile. The Last Mile — which is based in San Quentin, California — is bridging the gap between tech and criminal offenders to teach them how to code so they can easily find employment once they get out of prison. “At The Last Mile, we are using technology to try and solve mass incarceration,” software engineer Jason Jones said to The Denver Channel. “You are talking about disrupting the status quo of people not normally getting access and opportunity. Not only are we driving down the recidivism rate where people get out and don’t come back no more, but we also have the ability to go back in the community and stop people from going into prison in the first place.” Jones — a product of the program who now teaches computer coding to prisoners through remote communication — helps these people become reformed citizens well-equipped to...

Njera Perkins

Feb 2, 2021

U.S. Department of Labor Approves Black-Led Tech Startup ChargerHelp! As Leader in Workforce Development

Workforce development is a sector across all industries that contributes to America’s economic superpower to create jobs rapidly. In an effort to maintain that reputation, the U.S. Department of Labor has officially approved Black-led tech startup ChargerHelp! — the first and only on-demand repair app for electric vehicle charging stations founded by LA natives Kameale C. Terry and Evette Ellis — for an O-NET Code. According to a press release, this code is the official identification for occupational information used by students, job seekers, and businesses. Thus, ChargerHelp! now has the ability to create more job opportunities for certified technicians. “The validation and value the U.S. Department of Labor’s O-net code brings to any industry and workforce development is extremely vital,” said Ellis — co-founder and Chief Workforce Officer — in a statement. “We are honored to have lead the way and laid the foundation for our technicians to be nationally recognized by name and...

Njera Perkins

Jan 5, 2021

How to Acquire High-Paying Clients as a Freelancer

Here’s the thing about being a freelancer: there are a lot of gigs out there. However, many companies see the gig economy as a way to get professional services at the lowest possible prices. If you’re a full-time freelancer with expert skills, this can be incredibly frustrating. Over the past few years of freelancing, I’ve developed some of the best practices for engaging with high-paying clients. In my experience, sites like Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer have not been fountains of high-quality, high-paying clients. Here’s my advice on how to utilize these sites to your advantage and take your freelance game to the next level: 1. Find Your Niche Developing a unique specialty can do wonders for your income potential. As a former engineer turned writer, I knew that my bread and butter would come from the technology industry. Tech companies are always looking for writers who can understand complex topics and craft outstanding content. Whatever service you offer, dig deep into your work...

Colleen Williams

Dec 5, 2019