$80K Plus A Year? The Data Sector Is Where The Dollars Are
But don't necessarily expect that you can tell from the names which ones are the gravy trains. They're not only in areas of technology, engineering, and science, but in business as well, as the report, called The Importance of Data Occupations in the U.S. Economy, notes. And although two-thirds of the people in them have college degrees, leaves another third doesn't, meaning that practical expertise, experience, or knowledge can pay off.The key is that the occupations lean heavily on three activities, according to the report:
- "Analyzing data or information: identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts."
- "Processing information: compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data."
- "Interacting with computers: using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information."
- Chief executives ($90)
- Computer info systems managers ($65)
- Pharmacists ($56)
- Securities/commodities agents ($49)
- Personal financial advisors ($48)
- Software developers, applications ($47)
- Management analysts ($45)
- Electrical engineers ($45)
- Financial analysts ($44)
- Computer systems analysts ($42)