$80K Plus A Year? The Data Sector Is Where The Dollars Are

Dozens of job types and millions of positions pay $40 an hour or more, but many don't have the word data in the title.

The key is that the occupations lean heavily on three activities, according to the report:
  • "Analyzing data or information: identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts."
  • "Processing information: compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data."
  • "Interacting with computers: using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information."
The Department of Commerce says there were 10.3 million individual jobs in 2013 that met the criteria. Workers need to understand data (which can mean a lot more than numbers) and know, or be able to learn, how to make use of it with computers. Here are ten examples of what the department counted as top data occupations, along with their average hourly wage from 2013:

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