The 7 Hottest Tech jobs Requring Degrees –

A new year is approaching and for many, especially recent college graduates of online schools like Ashworth College, Western Governors University, University of Southern California, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Penn Foster College, this will also mean the start of a job hunt. A bachelor’s degree is an essential tool to have under one’s belt, especially now, with more jobs requiring at least a bachelor’s degree.

Some top emerging online trends recently identified for 2013 included social media, information technology, and cyber security. With knowledge of these trends, employers are sure to be seeking out prospective employees in these fields.

In no particular order, here’s a list of the top seven jobs to look for in 2013 requiring a bachelor’s degree:

  • Computer Network Architects: Information Technology (IT) is constantly changing and evolving as society moves toward newer technologies. Computer network architects design and construct data communication networks and must have extensive knowledge of the company’s business plan in order to design an efficient network. Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, or a related field. Computer network architects are estimated to have earned between $95,500 and $137,000 in 2012.
  • Social Media Marketing Manager: The field of social media has exploded in recent years, so it’s no surprise that social media marketing managers jobs will increase in the coming year. Marketing managers usually work very closely with top executives and adhere to strict deadlines. A degree in marketing is helpful and more colleges and universities are adding degrees in social media. On average, social media marketing managers are paid $57,000.
  • Information Security Analysts: Cyber security is of extreme importance, especially in today’s business environment where many businesses operate online. Not only do information security analysts execute security measures to protect an organization’s IT infrastructure, but they must continuously adapt to help prevent cyber attacks. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or programming is required, but some employers prefer candidates with an MBA in information systems. It’s estimated that the salary for information security analysts ranged from $89,000 to $121,500 in 2012.
  • Database Administrators: Expected to grow by 31% by 2020, database administrators are in high demand. Not only do they use software to organize and store data, but they make sure data is available to users and secure from unauthorized access. Those interested in this career will need a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, while some employers will prefer candidates to have an MBA with a concentration in information systems. Median pay for database administrators was $73,490 in 2010.
  • Computer Systems Analysts: Fusing business and IT, computer systems analysts study the current computer systems and procedures of an organization, then make recommendations to management. A degree in a computer-related field as well as a broad-based business knowledge will be helpful in this career. Jobs are expected to grow at a rate faster than average in the next eight years. The median salary for computer systems analysts in 2010 was $77,740.
  • SEO Manager: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) managers are a key part of any business as SEO affects the visibility of webpages on a search engine, which helps determine rankings. It’s suggested that SEO managers have degrees in areas such as marketing, business or computer science. Jobs for SEO professionals are expected to continue to increase. Salaries for SEO managers vary, but the average salary was $69,000 in 2011.
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers: Often referred to as IT managers or IT project managers, computer and information systems managers run the computer-related activities in an organization, including helping to determine the IT goals and implementing the computer systems to meet those goals. Those interested in this career field should have a degree in computer or management information systems. The median pay in 2010 for computer and information systems managers was $115,780.

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