8. Systems Administrator
Average salary: $62,250+, according to Datamation
Desirable certifications/qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Computer Science or Information Systems. Hands-on experience with Windows, Linux, SQL, C#, C++.
What does this person do?: Monitoring the day-to-day use of networks and systems, configuring software and communication systems, troubleshooting network problems, planning contingencies for data loss.
Most promising quote: "Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be highest at firms that provide cloud computing technology." — Bureau of Labor Statistics
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