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10 IT jobs that pay more than $50,000

Whether you’re finishing school or looking for something new, there’s never been a better time to start an IT career in Canada. In addition to the wide variety of jobs available in the industry, last year the Canadian government launched the Innovation and Skills Planwhich will encourage investment and seed funding across the country.

Still undecided? Here are 10 IT jobs that pay more than $50,000 (as a starting salary, to boot).

Application Developer

Median Starting Wage : 60 350 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Business intelligence data integration, reporting and database management
  • Knowledge of JavaScript, Java, PHP, SQL, HTML5, CSS, VSTO, .Net, C#, ASP.NET, SQL/PLSQL
  • Experience in systems analysis
  • Problem solving skills and attention to detail

Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in computer science, engineering or a related field

Database Administrator

Median Starting Wage : 65 406 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Database management and reporting
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Knowledge of the Oracle database and PL/SQL
  • Experience with UNIX, Linux and Microsoft operating systems
  • Analytical and communication skills

Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in computer science, computer technology or a related field

Front-end developer

Median Starting Wage : 55 596 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Knowledge of JQuery
  • Experience with HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, Bootstrap, SASS
  • Experience with web application frameworks including React, AngularJS, Ember.js, Backbone.js
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills

Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in information technology or a related field

Programmer-analyst

Median Starting Wage : 58 745 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Knowledge of the Oracle database and PL/SQL
  • Experience with UNIX, HTML, VB.Net, ASP.Net, JavaScript, CSS, SQL
  • Analytical, problem-solving and communication skills
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Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in computer science, mathematics or engineering

NET Developer

Median Starting Wage : 58 435 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Microsoft development platform (Azure, ASP .NET, C#, Visual Studio, web services, etc.) and open standards technologies (XHTML, JavaScript, AJAX, CSS, etc.)
  • Knowledge of web best practices
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Database and mobile application development

Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in computer science or equivalent

Software Developer

Median Starting Wage : 61 161 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Programming skills in many languages, including C#, C++, Java, ASP.NET, SQL
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Strong database design skills
  • Knowledge of the latest web development technologies

Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in mechatronics, systems engineering, software engineering, computer science or a related field

Software Engineer

Median Starting Wage : 67 613 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Strong experience in JavaScript, Java, SQL, C, VB, Visual C++.
  • Previous experience in software development
  • Communication and collaboration skills

Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in computer science or software engineering

Systems Administrator

Median Starting Wage : 56 201 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Knowledge of Linux, Macintosh OS/X operating systems, servers and workstations, including VMware ESX, Linux, MS SQL Server, Windows 2003 Server and 2012 R2 Server
  • Experience with Microsoft Exchange and network management

Studies :

  • Post-secondary diploma or technical certificate in computer science or a related field

Systems Analyst

Median Starting Wage : 64 837 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Programming and experience with SQL
  • Experience in mobile application development
  • Systems management
  • HTML, JavaScript, Java, SQL, C, VB, Visual C++
  • Experience in project management
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Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in computer science or equivalent

Business Analyst

Median Starting Wage : 65 485 $

Knowledge and Skills Usually Required :

  • Knowledge of SQL server
  • Experience in project management and business analysis
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills

Studies :

  • Post-secondary degree in mathematics or finance
  • CCBA or CBAP certification

Well, what are you waiting for? You could make a lot of money from IT!

** Salary scales are displayed in CAD, courtesy of Payscale.

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