2. Information Technology
Sitting in a cubicle, staring at a computer all day might make some people cringe. But skilled IT professionals — programmers, network administrators, database engineers and others — are delighted to take home that six-figure salary.
Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. The highest 10 percent earned more than $169,680, according to the BLS.
With demand for skilled technology workers consistently on the rise, job opportunity, security and wage growth seem unlimited in this sector. In 2016, the metro areas with the highest-paying jobs in IT include Palm Bay, Fla., and Portland, Ore., in financial investments and related activities.