The top 13 highest paying technical skill in 2020

In this article, we will learn about the 13 most highly paid development positions in the current technology industry.

The threshold for these positions is not too high. As long as you have a certain amount of programming experience and a strong learning enthusiasm, you can test your skills in it. In addition, the field of machine learning and data science is especially suitable for beginners and experienced programmers. The future is bright, everyone!

On average, the annual salary of machine learning experts and data scientists is between $110,000 and $120,000, and the market still has a strong demand for relevant talents. If you are willing to devote yourself to solving real-world problems, I believe that many companies will provide exciting opportunities.

Many friends are curious about the salary levels of programmers and technicians. Developers often complain that the salaries of quality assurance personnel are higher than theirs, and quality assurance personnel have the same impression of developers.

In addition, even if some of our colleagues are not as good as their own in experience, they may still get a higher salary than ours. That's right, the software development industry is like this. It's too common to have different pay for the same job.

But in any case, the salary that technicians can get is far higher than the average level. It can only be said that some practitioners get more.

Before interviewing with recruiters and hiring managers, I spent a lot of time checking the average salary for specific technical positions on Glassdoor. Of course, these figures are not too accurate and can only be regarded as a relatively reliable benchmark and reference, nothing more.

On the contrary, I trust the developer survey data on Stack Overflow. I have been following their investigations and learned about the most popular technologies, frameworks, libraries, and programming languages. This article will also focus on the introduction, hoping to make everyone more targeted efforts to improve their salary levels.

13 technical positions with the highest salaries:

To sum up, the list includes machine learning experts, DevOps experts, web developers, database administrators, system administrators, mobile developers, graphics designers, quality assurance engineers, and other software technology professionals.

 1. Machine Learning Expert
In the United States, the average annual salary of a machine learning expert is 108,000 US dollars, which is among the best in all technical positions.

Large companies such as Uber, Google, and Microsoft have been actively looking for outstanding machine learning talents, hoping that with their help, they can quickly complete new technology solutions such as driverless cars with bright prospects.

To be honest, this is also the ideal work scenario that combines academic and programming. Personally, I am very willing to contribute my youth to this job.

If you want to become a machine learning expert, then I suggest that you carefully complete this machine learning course using Python and R. It provides a comprehensive overview of machine learning techniques.

In addition, if you need more options, you can also refer to the list of "Top Ten Data Science and Machine Learning Courses for Beginners" on #DevTO.

 2. Developer positions with statistics and mathematics background are required
In today's data-driven world, developers with a background in statistics or mathematics earn an average annual salary of up to $101,000. I believe that this number will increase further in the next few years.

If you are engaged in data analysis business, then the improvement of statistics and mathematics skills will also bring great benefits to personal career development. In terms of improving mathematical and statistical skills at the level of data analysis, I suggest that you refer to the "R Statistics Special Course" published by Duke University on Coursera, which can help you grow into a great player in the R language field. It contains various statistical knowledge necessary for data analysis, such as reasoning, modeling, and Bayesian methods.

 3. Data Scientist
The current hot data science job ranks third in this high salary list. As one of the most exciting jobs in the past decade, data science has brought us exciting work content and impressive salary figures.

At present, the average annual salary of a data scientist in the United States is US$100,000, far exceeding that of an application developer position (for example, a Java developer, and many of my friends have turned to data scientist positions with more substantial returns through online courses).

If you are also interested in this, then I recommend the "Data Science" course on Udemy, which mentions the data science skills required to become a data scientist and what practitioners need to accomplish in this lucrative field Specific work.

If you need more resources and can withstand the pressure of learning, then you may wish to refer to this list of data science and machine learning courses.

 4. DevOps Expert
This is another exciting career, especially for programmers who already have some experience. The current market demand for DevOps experts is still strong, and the work content is mainly concentrated on the automation level.

The main feature of the DevOps movement is to cover all links from integration to software development and testing, and it strongly advocates the introduction of automated monitoring into the integration, testing, and deployment processes.

The average annual salary of a DevOps expert is about $100,000, which ranks highest among all pure programming positions.

If you are interested in becoming a DevOps expert, the "Learning DevOps: Complete Kubernetes" tutorial on Udemy is an ideal starting point. Udemy is currently engaged in a promotion. This course can be purchased for only US$10.99. It is simply a bloody profit~

In addition, I also recommend to you a list of 10 DevOps courses for veteran developers that I personally compiled.

In addition, if you need more choices, you can also refer to the following DevOps RoadMap.

 5. Embedded application developers
This is a very professional job, but the market is really eye-catching for developers who are proficient in embedded Linux and embedded C skills.

In the United States, the average annual salary of embedded application/device developers is $100,000, which also makes it the fourth-ranked job in this list.

If you are interested in working in the field of embedded software development, I suggest you start with the course "Proficient in Microcontrollers in Embedded Driver Development" and learn about this land of opportunities step by step.

 6. Mobile application developers
The average annual salary of mobile developers in the United States is 95,000 US dollars, which is higher than that of web developers and only lower than data scientists and DevOps experts.

If you want to grow into a mobile developer, it is best to integrate Android and iOS related skills into your educational background. I personally recommend Java developers to choose the Android platform, and iOS is more suitable for C/C++ developers.

If you decide to learn Android, you might as well refer to the "Complete Android N Developer Course" published by Rob Percival on Udemy. For those who want to show their skills on iOS, I suggest you choose "iOS 12 and Swift 4 Advanced Course" published by Angela Yu on Udemy.

If you need more options, I have also listed a list of free Android and iOS courses for your reference.

 7. Graphic programming
This is one of the most stable and reliable positions that everyone can find in the technical field. After all, any team needs at least one graphics programmer.

The average annual salary of graphics programmers in the United States is 93,000 US dollars, which is basically the same as that of Java and Web developers.

Unfortunately, learning graphics programming requires a lot of effort: first, accumulate a large amount of background knowledge (especially mathematical knowledge), and secondly invest a lot of time in programming practice and graphics technology research, and every year, new and more advanced Complex new technology. Come on, everyone.

If you want to learn more about graphic programming and design, please refer to the "graphic design professional" course on Coursera, which contains a very comprehensive set of relevant learning resources.

 8. Desktop application developers
If you think that the rise of Web applications has wiped out the living space of desktop applications, you are wrong-desktop applications are still extremely vital.

Overall, the average annual salary of desktop application developers in the United States is 92,000 US dollars, which is even higher than the salary level of web developers.

If you love desktop application programming and plan to devote yourself to it, I suggest you start with the course "Desktop Application Analysis: A Complete Guide for Developers" on Udemy.

 9. System Administrator
I have always believed that system administrators should be paid higher than application developers, but this does not seem to be the case.

According to this survey, the salary of system administrators is basically the same as that of web developers.

The average annual salary of a system administrator in the United States is about US$90,000.

If you are interested in becoming system administrators, especially Linux system administrators, I suggest you choose the "Linux System Administrator Basics" course on Pluralsight. This course is of high quality and can help you master the management skills of Linux system step by step.

 10. Web Developer
The web developers are finally here, with their Angular, React, Ruby and PHP skills coming on stage!

The average annual salary of web developers in the United States is about US$90,000, which is higher than database administrators, quality maintenance engineers, and graphic designers, but lower than Linux/Windows system administrators and data scientists.

If you plan to learn web development knowledge, then I strongly recommend the "Web Developer Training Camp" course written by Colt Steele.

 11. Database Administrator
The database administrator is one of the oldest positions with relatively high stability and not many learning challenges.

The average annual salary of database administrators in the United States is 85,000 USD, slightly lower than Web developers but higher than QA engineers and graphic designers.

If you are interested in becoming a database administrator, then I suggest you start with the "Oracle DBA 11g/12c-Elementary Database Management" course.

This tutorial will help you grow into Oracle database management in six weeks and successfully take the position of junior database administrator.

 12. Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer
The average annual salary of a quality assurance engineer is 85,000 USD, which is higher than that of graphic designers and mobile developers in many countries and regions; but in the United States, this level is slightly higher than that of graphic designers, but not as good as mobile development personnel.

The quality assurance engineer is also a kind of developer, but is responsible for executing a more rigorous testing process in an automated manner.

Several QA friends I know will use personal knowledge and tools such as Selenium to automate tests, and they also have good income.

If you are interested in QA engineers, then I suggest you learn to understand automated testing first, or at least play with Selenium first. In this regard, "Selenium Advanced Course" is a good starting point.

 13. Graphic designer
The average annual salary of graphic designers in the United States is about 70,000 US dollars. Although it is not as good as data scientists and DevOps experts, the market demand has always been strong.

If you have certain graphic design skills, you can also get good income from outsourcing work.

For those who are interested in working in this field, I suggest you start with "Becoming a Professional Graphic Designer" on Udemy. This course will teach you all the skills necessary to enter the field of graphic design.