6 Surprising Jobs That Can Earn You A 6 Figure Salary


If your big dreams involve making the big bucks, it may be time to consider jobs in the design and technology sectors.

According to a recent salary report by Robert Half International, as business shifts into the digital age, companies are in serious need of some help with the move.

Since many of these jobs are highly specialized, general labourers won’t work. They’re looking for a unique skill set. Therefore employers are ready to cut bigger pay cheques for professionals with solid experience in areas like online security or app design.

Though graduates aren’t likely to land a six-figure salary right after graduation, Robert Half Technology Division Director Chris Brady says students can get in early and work their way up to these types of positions.

Many students limit their job search by only considering the traditional areas of computer science and technology, he says, but as technology advances, more jobs are being created every day.

Here are the six technology and design jobs that can earn you a six figure salary:

Mobile Application Developer

Whether you’re an Android lover or a proud iPhone owner, we can all agree that mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular and it’s not just because of their calling abilities. It’s about the apps.

Companies need to reach their customers in a big way on the small screen, and that’s where mobile application developers come in. Chris says this position is in high demand and he predicts the demand will continue to grow in the next few years as smartphones get smarter.

Long-term salary range: $72,500-$102,750

Data Security Analyst

As we use more and more forms of technology, there are more ways to break into it. Data Security Analysts are like the high-tech bouncers; it’s their job to analyze the risks of complicated tech systems and protect against any potential threats.

Long-term salary range: $83,250-$124,500

Interactive Creative Director

This fearless leader of the team of writers, designers and art directors helps create your online user experience. Making all the pieces come together in a cool and creative online presence is the name of the game, and companies are willing to pay a pretty penny for it.

Long-term salary range: $95,000-$140,000

Business Systems Analyst

These problem solvers hunt out business issues and create automatic systems to deal with them. Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom – big bucks.

Long-term salary range: $78,500-$108,750

Information Architect

It’s all about giving people what they want, and with Information Architects it’s all about figuring out what online audiences need and strategizing web content that fits the demand. Instead of designing buildings and condos, these architects build web features and online customer experiences.

Long-term salary range: $90,000-$140,000

User Experience Designer

Customers are interacting with companies online more than ever before, and user experience designers are needed to help ease that relationship. For these guys and gals, creating a positive digital experience for everyone is what it’s all about.

Long-term salary range: $80,000-$120,000

While it may take time to work your way to a six-figure pay cheque, students and new grads actually have an edge. “Students graduating now are so much more tech-savvy than students who graduated five to 10 years ago,” says Chris, explaining that new grads are able to step right into the workforce and be effective from day one, giving them an added advantage when competing for jobs in the tech industry.

Chris says students getting into this industry (and this pay grade) should know what your passion is and what you want to do. He adds that it’s important to do research on which companies will give new hires training opportunities and potential for growth so that you can work your way to your dream salary range.

“The big thing is just to do your research, know which direction you want to go and go outside the box.”

About the author

Ishani Nath is a proud McMaster alum, aspiring writer and current journalism grad student at Ryerson University. When she's not hammering out articles, she can usually be found on a patio or nestled on a couch trying to keep up with those crazy Kardashians. She hopes to one day have a job that makes her excited to get up each morning, or at least one that gives her free food. Intrigued? Enthralled? Learn more by following her on @ishaninath.