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Best Entry-Level Tech Jobs & Salaries

Although some tech careers require prior experience in the tech industry, there are a number of careers that can be pursued by completing a few postsecondary courses or earning an associate's or bachelor's degree.

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Career Options for the Best Entry-Level Tech Jobs

Entry-level tech jobs are tech careers that do not require prior experience in the field. The best careers in this field will have median incomes that are well above the national median average of $37,040 and job growth expectations that are higher than the projected average job growth for all occupations, which is 7%.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Outlook (2016-2026)*
Software Developers $102,280 24%
Computer Systems Analysts $87,220 9%
Database Administrators $84,950 11%
Web Developers $66,130 13%
Computer Support Specialists $52,160 10%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for the Best Entry-Level Tech Jobs

Software Developers

Software developers enjoy the highest salary of all entry-level tech careers and also have a job growth rate that's more than three times the national average job growth rate for all occupations. They use computer languages to create programs or applications for computers. It's possible to start out in this field with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer systems analysts enjoy a salary that's over $87,000, although their job growth expectations are only slightly higher than the national projections for growth for all occupations. Although a bachelor's degree in computer science may be an asset, it's possible to enter this career field with a bachelor's degree in other fields. No prior experience is required for this career, which makes it a good entry-level option for those with a bachelor's degree. Their job involves determining the type of equipment needed to meet a company's information technology needs.

Database Administrators

Database administrators are expected to have a bachelor's degree in their field. Their studies will prepare them to work with databases and they do not need prior experience. They are responsible for storing information on databases and ensuring the databases are constructed in a way that protects data while making it possible for authorized users to locate pertinent information. Their current job growth rate is 11% and they earn more than twice as much as the national median salary for all occupations.

Web Developers

Web developers enjoy a median annual income of over $60,000 and their job growth rate is almost double the national average for all occupations. It's normal for employers to expect web developers to have an associate's degree, although it may be possible to start a career as a web developer with a high school diploma and the design and programming skills needed for this type of work. Web developers determine how websites will look and program them so that they work properly.

Computer Support Specialists

When people have problems setting up their computer or computer network and need help, they turn to customer support specialists who walk them through the steps involved. They also help customers who have a computer or network that isn't working properly. Computer support specialists can enter some roles in this field by completing postsecondary computer classes or earning an associate's degree. They do not need prior experience, earn a strong salary and currently have job growth expectations that are above the national average for all occupations.

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