Average salary packages for IT professionals are highly lucrative, especially in the North American and Oceanic markets. In the U.S., the average base salary for an IT staff employee was over 77 thousand dollars, while the average IT decision-maker raked in an even more impressive 107 thousand per year. Globally, professionals specialized in IT security have the highest average salary, followed by cloud computing specialists. Professionals lucky enough to find jobs in the IS/VAR integration industry can expect the highest salaries while telecommunications professionals should expect the lowest. Aside from choosing a lucrative industry, IT professionals can also acquire certain certifications that make them even more valuable in the eyes of employers, such as Google’s Professional Cloud Architect certification.
Although IT industry employees are in high demand, diversity within the industry is surprisingly low. Women make up only 25.6 percent of all employees in computer and mathematical occupations in the U.S., meaning that they are heavily underrepresented in these fields. From a racial diversity standpoint, black/African Americans are also underrepresented in these fields, while Asian Americans are statistically overrepresented. Complicated historical/social factors lie behind these inconsistencies, but it is evident that some U.S. states do a better job of promotion gender diversity among technology workers than others.