Studying an IT course? Congratulations, you’re on your way to becoming the technological lifeblood of a company and joining the tech revolution! It’s a booming industry filled with endless possibilities… and what’s more it’s only getting bigger. You’ve chosen well.

But in the broad and ever-changing arena that is IT, you might be wondering what your job may actually look like? And, perhaps most importantly, how much will you get paid? We’ll attempt to shed some light…

Here are a few of the top jobs in Information Technology today:

Mobile Application Developer

We use apps for everything and anything these days. From banking and news to cooking and finding love! You’ll have the fascinating duty of creating more these time-saving, life-changing apps for the public to enjoy. Developing, maintaining and implementing the source code that makes up an application or program are all part and parcel of your job description. You’ll also be the first to test out the latest phones and wearable devices! Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Plus you’ll earn up to R600k a year, with an average of R260k. Interested? You’ll need MCSD: App builder to launch a mobile application developer career.

Cloud architect

The storage space can’t be touched literally, but it still needs to be organised and given an architecture! Enter the job of Cloud Architect. You’ll help define the cloud structure for a company and work with business analysts to ensure the architecture is in line with the businesses unique requirements and goals. You’ll need to ensure high availability, fault tolerance and scalability. And as one the highest paying jobs in IT (salaries vary) with lots of responsibly, your head won’t be in the clouds that’s for sure! A MCSE course in Cloud Platform and Infrastructure will get you started!

Information Technology Director

Enjoy interacting with people as much as technology? IT directors get to work with a variety of people at many different levels of the organisation and use a host of different skill sets. You’ll make sure that the company’s technology is working to support its overall goals and make some all-important IT budget decisions. Plus being the head of an organisation’s IT department comes with a whole lot of recognition and a very attractive salary to boot! Expect to earn a medium of R800k annually and up to R1.4 million with lots of experience and accredited Information Technology certifications.

Web Developer

Meet the IT industry’s jack of all trades. Web developers create web pages, web content and web applications. But your job expertise do not end there. You’ll need an excellent understanding of what makes a good operating system, what is required to optimise sites for mobile tech and you’ll need to be fluent in Web languages, like HTML and Javascript. Expect to earn up to R370k annually, with an average of R169K. Study an Information Technology course or MCSE course in web development to get started.

IT Technician

As an IT technician, you’ll install and maintain computer systems and networks aiming for the highest functionality possible. You will also need to train users of the systems to make appropriate and safe usage of the IT infrastructure and be required to have a broad knowledge of computer software and hardware networks. Expect to earn up to R240 000 a year for your expertise! You’ll need a national certificate, FET certificate or ELMI certificate: Information Technology System Support.

Network Manager

The networks down and panic ensues! Enter the job of a certified tech hero. As a network manager, you’ll be responsible for installing and maintaining your company’s computer networks. If there are any problems with the system, it’ll be down to you to have a recovery plan to minimise any disruption to the business. You’ll also have the vital task of training staff to provide first rate technical support. But you’ll be paid handsomely for the responsibility. You can expect to earn an average of R383 000 a year and up to R1 million with experience!

You’ll need at the very least a certificate in Technical Support (Microsoft MCSA & MCSE).

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Please note: All amounts are from ‘Payscale South Africa’, as of March 2018.