If you’re brand new, then of course you have to put in the time, make the right moves and position yourself in the right sector.
However, if you are in fact a senior lever person and your are not making 6 figures a year, then take a look at the Top 10 Highest Paying Senior-Level IT Jobs to see what areas you should be focusing on.
There are a lot of areas that can provide that level of income, and it of course will vary from location to location. However, the jobs are out there, and it is up to you to go after it.
Some of the high paying senior-level IT jobs are:
- Database Architect
- Applications Architect
- Web Creative Director
- Content Engineer
For the full list, along with descriptions of the jobs, salary ranges and more, check out this post at Palaestra Training’s Blog.
Education certainly plays a part, as does industry. But in the IT arena, earning a 6 figure salary is definitely a possibility once you’ve been around for awhile.
I know personally that moving from company to company can sometimes be challenging if not down right difficult, but you can’t look at any particular move as the “end-all-be-all” and think “What if I go there and I don’t like it”?
It’s not the end of the world, and it’s not forever. Look at each move you make as a stepping stone, and if love it stay there as long as it excites you. If you hate it, gain as much experience as you can, leverage any training or opportunities the company has to learn new technologies or business processes, and then look for better opportunities.
By looking at it as “there is a light at the end of the tunnel”, the idea of switching to a new company and possibly not liking it becomes instantly more tolerable. You realize you are there for a finite period of time, and that you will be using it as learning experience to acquire new skills, boost your marketability and improve your resume.
Change is good, although we often fear it. Stability is good although we often get bored. These two basic human needs are always in direct conflict with each other, oddly enough, and form the basis for what drives us (and drives us crazy). Always be willing to challenge yourself though, and push to reach your full potential.
There ARE people out there doing exactly what they want to be doing, where they want, how they want, and with who they want. That’s not fiction, it is reality for some. The difference between those people and you is that that they went for it, and weren’t afraid of change. Go for it, and see where the future takes you.