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These tech careers will make bank in 2016 – is your job on the list?

The supply for tech professionals isn’t meeting demand, so companies are shelling out big bucks for these positions in 2016. Did your job make the list?



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The IT factor

Finding highly specialized IT talent, is something that plagues businesses everywhere. Not only are there a shortage of candidates to choose from, the candidates that are actually qualified, don’t have to look far to find employment opportunities. Even the ones who aren’t actively looking, receive job offers. With such high demand, and so few supply, businesses are forced to find ways to separate themselves from their competition.


One of the methods is to shell out hard cash to those highly specialized individuals, and in 2015, some of the top tech earnings included salaries over $250,000. Next year, businesses will not only continue to shell out hard cash for their tech employees, but they’ll be paying a little more than before. Below are the highest paying tech salaries for the year 2016.


Chief Information Officer $172,00-$268,250 up 4.9% from 2015
Chief Technology Officer $147,50 – $229,000 up 5.2%
VP of Information Technology $141,000- $222,500 up 5.1%

Applications Development

Mobile App Developer $115,250 – $175,1750 up 8.2%
Applications Architect $121,250 – $171,750 up 6.4%
Lead app developer $110,750 – $160,750 up 6.7%
Manager $105,750- $160,500 up 4.8%

Consulting & Systems Integration

Director $123,750- $190,250 up 5.2%
Practice Manager $125,000 – $73,500 up 5.1%
Senior IT Auditor $116,000 – $164,250 up 4.9%

Data/ Database Admin

Big Data Engineer $129,500 – $183.500 up 8.9%
Data Architect $127,250 – $175,500 up 6.4%
Data Warehouse Manager $123,750 – $172,000 up 4.6%

Quality Assurance (QA) & Testing

QA/ Testing Manager $93,750 – $127,500 up 4.1%
QA Automated Engineer $74,750 – $109,000 up 3.2%
QA Associate/ Analyst $65,000 – $100,250 up 3.6%

Web Development

Senior Web Developer $111,250 – $154,000 up 6.6%
Web Developer $78,500 – $129,500 up 6.4%
E-Commerce Analyst $88,000 – $129,500 up 5.7%
Web Designer $67,000 – $112,250 up 5.8%

Networking/ Telecommunications

Network Architect $120,000 – $175,000 up 5.3%
Wireless Network Engineer $108,750 – $150,750 up 9.7%
Network Manager $100,000 – $146,750 up 4.9%


Manager $66,250 – $96,250 up 2.2%
Mainframe Systems Programmer $62,750 – $86,500 up 1.9%


Information Systems Security Manager $129,750 – $182,000 up 6.2%
Data Security Analyst $113,500 – $160,000 up 7.1%
Network Security Engineer $110,250 – $152,750 up 6.7%

Software Development

Software Engineer $103,000 – $156,250 up 6.6%
Product Manager $105,750 – $152,750 up 4.8%

Technical Services, Help Desk

Business Continuity Analyst $97,250 – $140,000 up 5.6%
Systems Engineer $85,000 – $124,000 up 5.7%
Manager $84,500 – $121,000 up 5.2%


Bonus reading:

4 High-Paying Tech Jobs for 2016

Which tech careers will be most in demand in 2016?

Lauren Flanigan is a Staff Writer at The American Genius, hailing from the windy hills of Cincinnati, with a degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She has escaped the hills, and currently resides in Atlanta, where you can almost always find her camping at a Starbucks strategizing on how to take over the world.

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School supply retailers are also feeling the effects of COVID-19

(BUSINESS NEWS) As families gear up for more virtual learning, back-to-school retailers anticipate major losses.



For many, the return to school this fall will mean exchanging pencil boxes and notebooks for an internet connection and virtual learning. This is an incredibly demoralizing process for those involved–including back-to-school retailers, who anticipate substantial uncertainty in the coming weeks.

CNBC’s Melissa Repko details some of the trains of thought put forward by retailers who depend on fall sales, and while nothing is for sure, even the most optimistic of estimates looks bleak with clothing giants such as Gap and American Eagle poised to encounter significant hits to stock value as the pandemic drags on.

And, with families paying closer attention to their spending habits, taking stock of what they have rather than what they want, and generally tightening their belts with no end in sight, it seems reasonable to assume that they won’t be purchasing art supplies that they don’t anticipate using for several months.

Repko mentions that “stimulus checks could put money in [spenders’] pockets”, but even this cautiously optimistic assertion comes with an implied shrug and more uncertainty. Families who find themselves coming out on top with the addition of a few thousand dollars might decide to replenish their kids’ school supplies, but it’s just as likely that they’ll put that money away for future hardships.

One detail to which back-to-school retailers are clinging onto is that of clothing needs. The pandemic has hampered many aspects of daily life, but children growing isn’t one of them; retailers are hopeful that families will still find value in buying new clothes for the school year–if for no other reason than necessity.

Similarly enough, some retailers hope that families will opt to buy smaller quantities of pricier items like laptops, tablets, and other virtual learning gear; others may decide to upgrade their existing modems or routers, making the back-to-school rush a comparable–if slightly anticlimactic–experience.

Whatever the end result for retailers, it’s no secret that the coming year will weigh heavily on everyone–retailers, parents, children, and school staff–and with discernible end to the daily positive rates for the virus, each of these members of the chain stand to be affected differently, yet equally as tragically.

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The second stimulus check may be on its way…to some

(BUSINESS NEWS) A second round of stimulus payments seems to be on the horizon for Americans, but remains held up by debates in the Senate about eligibility.



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Counting on a little extra stimulus money coming your way? You might be in luck soon!

Keyword: Might.

The Senate recently confirmed plans to include a second round of Economic Impact Payments in the HEROES Act, but the details on who will be eligible, and for how much, are still fuzzy.

They are poised to approve the act by the end of the month, and for the sake of those on unemployment, it had better go through on time. The $600 boost to weekly benefits bestowed by the CARES Act is due to expire on July 31st. After that, 31 million unemployment recipients will see their income plummet by at least 61%.

Another EIP would really come in handy for these folks, and many others. But if you made over $40,000 last year, don’t count on getting a check this time around (and if you’re also on unemployment right now, at least take comfort that the HEROES Act would extend that $600 benefit bonus until February 2020, too).

While the act has bipartisan support, both factions of the Senate have different ideas about exactly who deserves another payment. Currently, the text of HEROES has the same criteria that CARES did: individuals earning up to $75,000 will be eligible for a one-time payment of $1,200, and married couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $2,400.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who just announced his support for another payment on Tuesday, has proposed setting an upper income limit for the next EIP at $40,000 per year. He has emphasized that if the act passes, the scope of the payments will be small.

Admittedly, it’s a little weird to see such a kerfuffle being made about setting more strict limits on the financial relief for individuals and families (regardless of what number was printed on their W-2) who are clearly still struggling , when $500 billion in corporate bailouts were eagerly baked into the first stimulus bill.

This debate represents tension with a legislative mindset that often hits middle class families and small business owners hard, as well as residents of exceptionally expensive areas like New York and San Francisco. Seeming not-poor on paper doesn’t necessarily equate to living comfortably when taking into account factors like debt, bills, taxation, and cost of living differences across the country – especially during a pandemic and an unprecedented economic downturn.

The first round of stimulus checks was arguably disastrous: Millions of dollars in stimulus money ended up in the hands of dead people; many payments were mistaken for junk mail and recipients threw them away; confusion about how to appeal one’s ineligibility ran rampant; and plenty of people still haven’t gotten their first one – months after they were meant to be sent out. If HEROES does pass, and does contain EIPs, then hopefully the IRS has ironed out the worst kinks in their system. All this back-and-forth about income limits in Congress is stressful enough without a complete repeat of the last payment debacle.

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To infinity and beyond…or NOT: COVID forces Bed Bath & Beyond closures

(BUSINESS NEWS) Bed Bath & Beyond will be closing 200 stores due to coronavirus. Honestly, they might’ve had it coming.



Bed Bath Beyond store

Yet another company is having issues with their old practices. Will they pull their tails out of the fire?

As this pandemic enters the fifth official month, we have yet another company closing down at least some of its doors. Bed Bath & Beyond announced last week that approximately 200 stores, about 20% of their total store count, will be closed down over the next two years.

The President and CEO announced that “the impact of the COVID-19 situation was felt across our business during our fiscal first quarter, including loss of sales due to temporary store closures and margin pressure from the substantial channel shift to digital” shopping. By impact he’s referring to a $1.3 billion fall in sales.

According to the CEO, the company has attempted to take measures to keep their people safe while also servicing their customers. This is a completely different approach than what a number of customers have noticed in the last few years. From merchandise that makes flea market chattel look new and shiny to misinformation about product availability, this company has been floundering for a number of years.

The latest shift that the CEO is masquerading as an ‘online shopping’ shift is yet another attempt to dredge sales and lower cost. Maybe they’ll do it better this time though. Over the past few years, they have been doing this while not effectively communicating that to their clientele.

A customer might know that Bed Bath & Beyond carries an exclusive item but what they don’t know is that it’s only carried online and can’t be found in stores. It isn’t communicated to a customer until they’ve gone to a store and searched for it. One would hope that this is an easy fix that should have been made by now after customer complaints, but it hasn’t. And with their demonstrated history thus far, I won’t be holding my breath.

At this point the company has positioned itself to quickly liquidate millions of dollars in merchandise at all 955 locations that they currently have reopened across the country. Maybe this will spark a new age in this corporate cash cow that will push it forward. On a personal note, I don’t foresee that either unless a great amount of change happens. Instead, we’ll most likely be seeing a ton of “going out of business” signs in no time.

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