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11. IT Business Analyst

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Median pay: $83,100
Top pay: $117,000
10-year job growth: 20%
Total jobs: 130,000
The job: An IT business analyst evaluates how a company can use its technology to improve production or workflow. That may mean coming up with alternative software applications or overhauling an entire system. Demand for these skills has skyrocketed, particularly now that every company is looking for ways to cut costs while still maintaining productivity.

How to switch: Those with a degree in computer science, a background in business and knowledge of IT infrastructure should be able to command generous pay packages, particularly at smaller companies that don't have the same draw as the top tech firms.

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From the November 2011 issue
Notes: All pay data from Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job.

Sources:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
Using Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts for 7,000 titles, MONEY and compensation experts identified jobs requiring a bachelor's degree that have strong growth prospects, and eliminated any with fewer than 10,000 positions nationwide, plus those requiring advanced degrees that take more than three years. More

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