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This article was published on May 24, 2016

5 high-paying tech jobs and how to land them

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Given the massive surge in tech startups over the past few years, it’s no question that the industry is booming–and looking for skilled professionals.

Of course, to get in on this 21st century gold rush, you’ll need a strong background in computer science, marketing or business. But with little visibility into annual salaries, we’re left wondering which career path will lead you to the biggest paycheck?

From front-end engineering to product management, here are five of the highest-paying tech jobs to date based on the national average.

Front-End Engineer: $100,025/year (via Glassdoor)

Front-end engineers are responsible for programming the features viewers see when they access a website – hence the hefty paycheck.

Text boxes, animations, and forums are just some of the assets front-end engineers create and maintain. Some of the most popular languages used include HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

Get on your way to a front-end engineering career with The Essential JavaScript Coding Bundle.

You’ll start with the basics as you learn how to build applications within popular frameworks, and continue on using advanced libraries to create stunning visualizations for your work.

Enrolling in the Essential JavaScript Coding Bundle, now over 90% off, for $29.99 is the easiest and most affordable way to make a career change.

Back-End Engineer: $116,796/year (via Glassdoor)

As the title suggests, back-end engineers run the back-ends of websites and applications.

This involves not only managing the databases and processes of the back-end, but also ensuring that the services and data needed by front-end engineers can be delivered safely and efficiently.

In order to become a successful back-end engineer, you’ll need to learn programming languages like Python and web frameworks like Ruby on Rails.

The Python Programming Bootcamp offers over 50 hours of training on the coding language used to manage major sites like Google and YouTube.

From coding basics like DHCP testing to more advanced concepts like machine learning and penetration testing, the Python Programming Bootcamp will show you the ins and outs of Python and its capabilities for only $39.

Keep in mind that some of the highest in-demand back-end engineers need to be fluent in Ruby on Rails, an extremely powerful framework used by sites like Basecamp, Twitter, and Airbnb.

With over 57 hours of content and 6 comprehensive lessons, the Ruby on Rails Bootcamp will walk you through how to build real web apps, design blog management systems, and even build a clone of the Pinterest site.

At over 90% off, you can start mastering Ruby on Rails now for $29.

Product Manager: $108,659 national average salary (via Glassdoor)

Product managers are responsible for overseeing the design, testing, and marketing of a product from start to finish.

Being a successful product manager requires not only being a good leader, but also a jack-of-all trades in the fields of business, programming, and data science.

The Complete Product Management Bundle provides you with over 60 hours of training critical for succeeding as a product manager.

This bundle will teach you key product management concepts like ideation, market research, and prototyping as well as provide you with hours of instruction for nailing the project manager job interview.

Normally $220,  you can pick up the bundle for almost 80% off at $44.99.

Data Scientist: $113,436 national average salary (via Glassdoor)

Data scientists are big data experts who analyze trends, patterns, and correlations – and get paid handsomely for it.

In order to get hired and be successful at their craft, data scientists must be tech-savvy and proficient in tools like SQL that help quickly query and sort huge sets of data.

The Ultimate Data & Analytics Bundle will teach you the intricacies of data management with over 130 courses covering SAS datasets, R programming, and Oracle databases.

Additionally, the bootcamp will provide you with certificates of completion upon finishing the bootcamp, giving you tangible proof of your expertise for $39.00.

If you’re really looking make a splash in the job market as a data scientist, The Ultimate SQL Bootcamp has over 60 hours of training dedicated to providing you with the most in-demand skills for data professionals.

This bootcamp will show you how to use SQL technologies to produce engaging applications and manage databases. Normally $400, the bundle is available at a massive discount for $49.00.

Social Media Manager: $47,190 national average salary (via Glassdoor)

Social media managers are experts at using sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to engage and gain users – making them highly in-demand although not as highly paid.

Skilled social media managers demonstrate a firm understanding of marketing and communications concepts, while also using digital tools like Google Analytics to interpret their marketing data.

You can master social media marketing and become a successful social media manager with the Data-Driven Marketing Bundle.

Featuring over 27 hours of content, this bundle will help you master social media marketing basics and show you how to use marketing tools like Google Analytics, Bitly, and Hootsuite for $49.00 (over 90% off).

You can also boost your knowledge of online marketing with the Full-Stack Marketer Bundle, which shows you how to use and apply Google Analytics and Adwords to your craft as well as how to implement SEO principles and write compelling copy for the Web.

Valued at over $500, the Full-Stack Marketer Bundle is available for $19.