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The 15 highest-paying tech jobs for recent college grads and Gen Z

15. Sales Manager

15. Sales Manager

Job description: Leads and coaches the sales team, focusing on individual sales territories. Duties include assigning sales territories, setting quotas, building sales plans, and managing staff.

Skills needed: Degree in business or management. Experience in sales platforms like Salesforce. Leadership, analytics, customer service, and interpersonal skills.

Average salary: $64,412

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14. Web/Visual Designer

14. Web/Visual Designer

Job description: Improves the aesthetic appeal of products via visual design choices (i.e. illustration, photography, typography, or color).

Skills needed: Degree or certificate in graphic design. Understanding of Gestalt principles of design, which are based in psychology and describe how humans perceive objects and patterns visually. Artistic ability.

Average salary: $64,478

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13. Operations Manager

13. Operations Manager

Job description: Oversees technical processes, from planning to coordination to execution. Keeps staff within technical guidelines.

Skills needed: Degree in business administration. Leadership skills, conflict resolution ability, and HR acuity.

Average salary: $64,608

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12. Financial Analyst

12. Financial Analyst

Job description: Guide potential investments. Follow performance of stocks and bonds.

Skills needed: Accounting. Analytic savvy and problem-solving ability. Experience working with executives.

Average salary: $65,687

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11. Quality Assurance Analyst

11. Quality Assurance Analyst

Job description: Often employed by software and manufacturing companies, quality assurance (QA) analysts work with software and websites, testing for issues and correcting those errors when found.

Skills needed: Degree in computer science. Mastery of QA methodology, structured query language (SQL), and scripting.

Average salary: $66,358

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10. Business Analyst

10. Business Analyst

Job description: Business analysts bring the needs of a business together with IT resources, identifying areas for improvement in processes and operations.

Skills needed: Degree in business, marketing, advertising, or public relations. Some computer programming and data analysis skills needed.

Average salary: $67,364

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9. Marketing Manager

9. Marketing Manager

Job description: Develop strategies for marketing products and services. Collaborate with sales, PR, product, finance, and advertising teams.

Skills needed: Degree in business, marketing, advertising, or PR; MBA preferred. Communication and interpersonal skills.

Average salary: $67,687

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8. Business Development Manager

8. Business Development Manager

Job description: Sales role focusing on entire company. Aims to increase revenue, identify new business trends, and manage client relationships.

Skills needed: Degree in business, marketing, or communications; MBA preferred. Project management, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.

Average salary: $68,588

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7. User Interface (UI) Designer / User Experience (UX) Designer

7. User Interface (UI) Designer / User Experience (UX) Designer

Job description: Assures user experience on a website aligns with the company's overall vision. UX designers create a path for users, while UI designers make sure that path is visually clear.

Skills needed: Understanding of UI/UX principles and wire-framing (laying out the interface elements of a website). Proficiency in Sketch, Figma, Balsamiq, Adobe XD, Marvel App, and Invision App.

Average salary: $71,691

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6. DevOps Engineer

6. DevOps Engineer

Job description: Automates systems and oversees software deployment. Improves deployment processes with IT developers.

Skills needed: Web language, SysAdmin, continuous integration tools, automation tools, and scripting.

Average salary: $86,094

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5. Product Manager

5. Product Manager

Job description: Guides the success of a product by leading cross-functional team design, mapping different development stages including launch, and maintaining a product.

Skills needed: Degree in business. Coding, time-management, and interpersonal skills.

Average salary: $87,947

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4. Data Scientist

4. Data Scientist

Job description: Interprets data using statistical analysis tools and machine-learning.

Skills needed: Degree in IT, math, or computer science. Experience with metrics and analytics.

Average salary: $88,813

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3. Mobile Developer

3. Mobile Developer

Job description: A mobile developer — more specifically, an Android or iOS developer — works on new apps for mobile devices.

Skills needed: Modern language programming skills, back-end computing skills, cross-platform app development, and mobile user interface design ability.

Average salary: $92,654

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2. Lead Engineer

2. Lead Engineer

Job description: Manages a team of engineers through product development and execution.

Skills needed: Degree in management science or engineering, participation in cooperative engineering programs.

Average salary: $103,237

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1. Senior Developer

1. Senior Developer

Job description: Oversees coding, web development, and app development.

Skills needed: CSS, HTML/HTML5, JavaScript, JSON, mobile-optimized web content and applications.

Average salary: $109,957

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