4. Project Manager
Average salary: $89,000, according to Indeed.com
Desirable certifications/qualifications: B.A. or B.S. in Business or Computer Science. 3-6 years IT project management experience. PMP, PMI, or APICS certification.
What does this person do?: A detail-oriented leader who oversees projects, and makes sure those projects are completed on time and under budget.
Most promising quote: "What companies are looking for, instead of just bringing in a generic ... PM, they're looking — particularly in the financial services sector — for some real specific areas...derivatives experience, capital markets experiences, low latency-high frequency experience — they want skills very specific to a type of application in those areas." — Jack Cullen, president of IT staffing firm Modis, in InformationWeek's article "8 Hot IT Jobs For 2014"
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