Computer software developer

8 hot jobs to snag in 2012

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8 hot jobs to snag in 2012

Job: Computer software developer.
Average annual salary: $90,410.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and want a career in developing and designing software for business applications, computer games or government security, prospects are bright and job options are plentiful.

Just ask Farouk Dey, director of the Career and Professional Development Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Dey recently returned from visiting technology company executives in Silicon Valley. There, companies have so many openings for computer software developers and engineers that they bumped the starting salary by 30 percent last year, he says.

“This is one of the top fields that are highly sought-after by recruiters,” Dey says.