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9. Computer Systems Analyst

2012 pay: $78,148
2011 pay: $77,153
Change in pay: +1.3%

Computer systems analysts study an organization's current computer systems and procedures and make recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

One in four computer systems analysts are employed by design firms, according to the BLS, but they can work in many different industries – and many companies right now are hiring their own computer systems analysts.

“It is exploding. People who can work on every aspect of IT infrastructure – programming specific software, etc., are in great demand,” Lee said. “Every company that is trying to take on information technology on their own and build a staff requires this position. And there just aren’t enough [qualified people] available.”

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