Electro-mechanical Technicians

Electro-mechanical technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as robotic assembly machines.

Entry-Level Education: Associate’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $51,820


Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Entry-Level Education: Associate’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $49,630

Web Developers

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the sites technical aspects, such as performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. They also may create content for the site.

Entry-Level Education: Associate’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $62,500

Software Developers

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks.

Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $93, 350

Information Security Analysts

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyber attacks increase.

Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $86, 170

Database Administrators

Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.

Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree

2012 Median Pay: $77,080

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

2012 Median Pay: $79,680

Computer Support Specialists

Computer support specialists provide hep and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Some, called computer network support specialists, support information technology (IT) employees within their organization. Others, called computer use support specialists, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.

2012 Median Pay: $48,900