Choose Your Career Path Strategically
I keep hearing the same question from my students, especially the interns, that “Which IT job do you think will help me to earn a good salary?”. Most of those questions interestingly come from my students who are Helpdesk personnel trying to make a transition into another more satisfying career path. So what are the options then?
Mybroadband recently published an excellent article showing the entry level salaries of the most common IT professions in South Africa and earning potential at mid-level and senior levels of the professions. In most cases, the starting salary of a job position is usually the biggest attraction when choosing a career path, however its equally important to think about the long term prospects of that career path as daily technological advances are destroying many industries (one job at a time) and also building new ones. The salary data is as follows :
The table below ranks IT professions based on the salary increases between entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level employees.
|IT salary increases|
|Profession||Starting salary||Mid-level salary||Senior salary||Average salary increase*|
|Sales and marketing||R8,465||R28,433||R45,283||148%|
|Database design and administration||R11,755||R34,101||R62,905||137%|
|Programming and software development||R13,318||R37,997||R60,185||122%|
|Education and training||R14,012||R31,253||R42,909||80%|
|Analyst and consultant||R21,922||R40,194||R59,461||66%|
|Communications, writer, and media||R14,459||R27,792||R37,377||63%|
From the table above, it’s quite interesting to see that even though software developers tend to earn a higher starting, the salary increase of such a position over time is reasonably lower than that of Sales and Marketing professionals, as well as Database Administrators.