IT Networking 2017: The Top Jobs and Skills

By Ann Bednarz

Opportunity in the IT sector continues to grow, and it looks like 2017 will be no exception. Networking in particular can be a lucrative field—the low end of the 2017 salary range for a network architect is $125,000—and what’s more, employers are more willing to negotiate pay rates for these in-demand positions.

Ann Bednarz writes, “Recruiting and staffing specialist Robert Half Technology released its annual guide to U.S. tech salaries, which finds IT workers can expect slightly bigger pay bumps than many other professionals are getting.

“Across all fields, U.S. starting salaries for professional occupations are projected to increase 3.6% in 2017. The largest gains will occur in tech—where starting salaries for newly hired IT workers are forecast to climb 3.8%.

“The hiring environment remains competitive, and many experienced IT pros can expect to receive multiple offers.

“‘To compete, employers find they must be prepared to extend generous offers with above-market pay and other compelling incentives, such as signing bonuses and work-from-home options,’ Robert Half Technology states in its 2017 Salary Guide. ‘Retention tactics to keep talented team members on board are also top of mind, pushing managers to emphasize career pathing, provide opportunities to innovate and pay special attention to work volume in order to avoid employee burnout.’

“The firm studied more than 75 tech positions for its annual salary guide, including 10 networking and telecommunications roles.”

Read on here for these in-demand, lucrative skills and positions in networking.