7. Database Administrator
Average salary: $77,080, according to BLS
Desirable certifications/qualifications: B.A. or B.S. in Computer Science. 2-5 years of database creation and management experience. Proficient in .NET, Java, SQL, Oracle.
What does this person do?: These experts organize data and often help other departments to use collected data to improve products and services.
Most promising quote: "Database administration — which didn't even make last year's list — will be hot in 2014, likely because of interest in big data." — Computerworld's article "8 Hot IT Skills for 2014"
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