The top IT salaries are being created by emerging technology and some old technology

The top IT salaries are being driven by both emerging technology and some older legacy technology that needs care

It’s that time again. If you’re an IT pro looking for a job in Canada, read on for the latest figures on what some of the top IT salaries are.

Mobile is where it’s at

In general, the hot stuff, emerging technology, is what’s paying big these days. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that mobile development has taken off like a rocket, and there are loads of opportunities for developers right here in the GTA.

Objective C and Android developers with a bit of experience can expect between $70,000 to $90,000 a year, with the numbers rising to $120,000 and beyond once you’ve got a solid five years under your belt. Companies hiring mobile developers range from startups to the largest corporations, so whatever type of business culture you prefer, you’ll have plenty of options.

Lots of data, lots of opportunities

Big data. It’s a broad term encompassing many things, but that’s good news for you, since everything from DBAs to data scientists are in big demand. Hadoop skills plus a bit of data science acumen will put you over the $100,000 mark. And the more impressive your data science credentials, the higher that figure will rise. Even right out of school, if you’re an expert in the R statistical modelling language or have been trained in SAS Institutes’s predictive analytics you’ll have financial institutions eyeing you hungrily.

There’s a trend that’s seeing “business intelligence” proper separated from predictive analytics. BI tools are becoming easier to use and what used to be an IT role has shifted somewhat into the realm of business analysis. But this is actually an advantage to people who straddle the line between business and technology. If you’re a tech-savvy business analyst who can harness tools like SAS Visual Analytics, you can still deliver a lot of value to a company without an advanced degree in statistics.

Similarly, social media marketing also has a major big data component to it, so if you’re skilled in marketing as well as making sense of unstructured data, you’ll have an added advantage.

Top IT salaries for multi-talented people

Solutions architects and data architects. These are examples of another role that technical at its core but is integral to the pre-sales process. As such, you’ll be paid handsomely. Starting salaries range from $80,000 to $100,000 and can rise to as much as $200,000 once you begin to specialize in a particular field (e.g., become a subject matter expert).

If you have good people skills and don’t mind travelling quite a bit and working longish hours, client-facing developers (working for software or consulting companies) are making great money with salaries in the range of $80,000 to $120,000.

Wanted: good guys who understand what the bad guys are up to

Security. Some informations security professionals complain that companies aren’t paying enough attention to keeping their systems secure, but make no mistake, there are plenty of firms that take it very seriously. A security architect these days will earn between $80,000 to $120,000. The jobs are certainly out there.

From front-end to back-end

It’s hard to say whether cutting-edge front-end or old school back-end IT pros are in higher demand. Certainly, user experience designers (UX or UXD for short) are raking in some decent money with salaries ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. Meanwhile, people with excellent mainframe skills and knowledge of legacy code like COBOL can reasonably expect to make $100,000 and up.

Finally, with web development consistently in demand, Ruby on Rails developers are looking at around $80,000 a year.

Want in on the action?

If you’re a developer living in the GTA who wants to add one of these in-demand skills to your repertoire, stay tuned for a blog about an interesting new opportunity at Durham College in Oshawa.

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