One Quarter of Top 100 Jobs Are in IT

By Donald Sears  |  Posted 2010-10-29

Twenty-five of the top 100 jobs in the U.S. are in IT, according to rankings put out by CNNMoney and These rankings look at two major factors: Excellent pay and prospects for growth.

Coming in at number 1 is software architect; Closer to the bottom of the list is geographic information systems analyst at number 97. Other industries and job titles that made the list span across health care, sales, engineering, product management and financial services occupations. But there is little doubt which jobs dominate the pay and growth rankings: Technology rules.

Software architect Dan Cervelli who works at Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto, CA was quoted by CNNMoney as saying "I put together apps people actually use. So for me, the greatest joy comes from seeing people use the product in a way that makes their life better or makes it easier for them to do their job."

Database admin Lainey Rhodes who works at Raymond James in Florida told CNNMoney: "The job is often very challenging in a good way. I'm the type of person who likes to solve puzzles in my spare time. My role at work is very similar. I determine how important pieces of data relate to other important pieces of data, and I have to ensure flexibility and accuracy in whatever I design."

Here are the job titles in IT that made the ranking list and the associated ranking number out of the Top 100:

  • Software Architect 1
  • Database Administrator 7
  • Information Systems Security Engineer 17
  • Software Engineering / Development Director 18
  • Technology Manager 20
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer 21
  • Network Operations Project Manager 24
  • Technology Business Analyst 26
  • Technology Consultant 28
  • Test Software Development Engineer 30
  • Network Engineer 31
  • Program Manager 33
  • Computer and Information Scientist 35
  • Programmer Analyst 37
  • Systems Engineer 49
  • Information Technology Specialist 60
  • Systems Administrator 66
  • Web Developer 67
  • Technical Services Manager 70
  • Systems Manager 77
  • Training Specialist 79
  • Technical Writer 88
  • Project Coordinator 95
  • Web Project Manager 96
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst 97

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