The Most Lucrative Software Engineering Jobs of 2015

Software engineers are the designers and builders of the digital infrastructure on which much of the world functions. They are responsible for everything from operating systems and computers to mobile applications and internal browsers. Currently, software engineers are in high demand, and with the technology revolution still building momentum, the demand will continue to increase over the next five years or more. As the law of supply and demand dictates, this career choice comes with the enviable perk of a big salary, even during the early days of employment at a reputable firm. @@Software engineers actually rank as having the most high-paying jobs among all computer-related professions@@, with an average earning median of $96,392.

A basic job search for positions such as an iOS engineer and an Android engineer revealed average annual salary ranges between $85,000 and $115,00 depending on the level of experience. Here's a quick look at some of the most highly compensated software engineering job titles:

Software Architect

If you're considering a career as a software architect, know that they have the highest earning medians out of all software engineers, with an average earning median of $131,891 per year. While the current job openings may not be as high as some other software engineer positions, major growth is expected in this area over the next several years, as more high-tech companies are launched. Firms known for hiring a considerable amount of software architects include Dell, Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle, according to a 2013 study conducted by Forbes.

Solutions Architect

The next most lucrative software engineer position is that of solutions architect, which is a position that requires you to design complex software programs that are intended to address specific problematic issues within a specific digital construct. The average earning median for this position is $121,522, and there are currently 3,530 positions within this industry. According to a LinkedIn search, World Wide Technology, SAIC and CISCO lead the way in hiring solutions architects.

Security Engineer

As a security engineer, you are responsible for designing, deploying and monitoring systems that are designed to provide a high level of security for a company's software, network and a number of other assets. According to CNN Money, as of 2012, the median annual salary for network security engineers was around $93,400 with top earners making over $120,000. Top cities and firms that recruit security engineers include Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Dynamics in Colorado Springs; the Utah Data Center at Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah; and Lockheed Martin and ManTech International in the Maryland/Washington D.C. areas.

With the projected growth of the digital technology industry and the increased need for big data, the need for software engineers will continue to increase. Those who are highly talented in this field will have an enormous opportunity to build a long and lucrative career. @@If you're looking into one of these lucrative software engineering jobs, let Switch help you find exactly what you're looking for.@@