If you already work in information technology or web development industries as a programmer, coder or designer, take your skills to the next level by learning software development applications and programs. Software developers are responsible for creating software and designing databases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary, as of May 2018, is $104,480.
If you have a passion for marketing and working in the new media or digital media space, you could acquire the work skills needed to secure six-figure jobs with a company.
Chief marketing officers are now needed to manage a company’s digital strategy and can earn up to $245,000 a year, according to a report from recruiting company Mondo. The BLS reports advertising, promotions and marketing managers earned a mean wage of $147,240 in 2018, with the majority of marketing managers working in the enterprises industry.
If you want to be a business leader and have some basic tech skills, getting comfortable with popular project management tools such as Asana or Basecamp could help you advance in your career. Managers who are skilled with using technology and apps to manage their teams, workflows and data are in high demand — even if you don’t work in tech.
You might be responsible for mentoring coworkers, assigning deadlines to team members and collaborating on projects using project management tools. Being skilled in advanced project management tools, such as the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, can easily earn you a six-figure salary. Salary.com reports the median salary for an ERP Project Manager is $135,038.
Being good with numbers and having an analyst’s mindset could make you a great candidate for a career as a finance manager.
Companies seek skilled finance managers to prepare financial forecasts, analyze trends, assess risk and perform other duties to keep the company in good financial standing. You’ll need to acquire at least five years’ worth of skills to earn the median wages of $146,830 per year in this position.
PROBLEM-SOLVING USING TECHNOLOGY
You need good problem-solving skills in virtually every position. But those who can identify and solve technology problems earn a bigger piece of the salary pie.
A job in the field of computer science can command a high salary because you’ll be responsible for solving technology-related problems as a computer engineer, computer scientist, programmer or consultant. The median pay for computer and information research scientists in 2018 was $123,850, according to the BLS. Jobs in this field are expected to increase by 11 percent through 2024.