3. Software Development Engineer
Average salary: $85,000, according to Glassdoor
Desirable certifications/qualifications: B.S./M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Engineering or Computer Science. Experience with Java and C++. Some positions, particularly Software Development Engineer in Test positions, emphasize problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
What does this person do?: Develops and designs software. Analyzes development and service issues. In 2014, more and more companies are looking for engineers who know how to make cloud services easy to use.
Most promising quote: "We see more and more enterprises are embracing the cloud, so naturally engineers with cloud expertise will be more in demand." — Wintellect's Steve Porter in the Tech Republic article "Top IT Skills for 2014"
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