According to the 2019 data from LinkedIn, the top 5 jobs are Data Scientist, Site Reliability Engineer, Enterprise Account Executive, Product Designer, and Product Owner (in order from higher to lower ranking).
1. Data Scientist
Average Salary: $130,000
Data scientists drill down into large sets of data and gather useful insights. They spend their time collecting, cleaning and analysing data, developing machine learning algorithms, and presenting their findings to various stakeholders. 44% of data scientists in Australia have a PhD, but it’s not mandatory! A good understanding of the following areas will be helpful in entering the field.
2. Site Reliability Engineer
Average Salary: $200,000
Site Reliability Engineers ensure that a site is reliable, scalable and functioning well. While the definition for this job can be flexible, it’s generally understood to mean using code to automate site operations, using a software engineering approach. The role was created by Google and originally found in tech companies, but demand is expanding across many different industries. It’s an approach more than a fixed model, and combines software engineering with systems analysis and development.
3. Enterprise Account Executive
Average Salary: $182,500
Enterprise Account Executives are high-level account managers. They manage relationships with larger ‘enterprise’ customers. Their key responsibilities are to drive sales by forming new relationships, developing new markets, promoting the brand, and maintaining existing relationships.
4. Product Designer
Average Salary: $121,500
Product Designers are essentially designers working in tech who solve problems by creating products for business or consumers. They conduct user research, develop new products from concept to final production. Once a product has been launched, they constantly monitor and test its performance, so they can optimise it to improve the user experience, visual appeal and efficiency. Product design has three types: system, process, and interface design.
Skills in Product Design, UI/UX, Graphics Desgining, and Adobe Photoshop can prove to be very handy for a Product Designer role.
5. Product Owner
Average Salary: $101,000
A Product Owner plans and prioritizes the work of a software development team, maximising the value they provide to an organisation.
In the Agile software development method, the Product Owner is responsible for the backlog of tasks, making sure that developers are working on the right thing, at the right time, in the right order. This is a leadership role involving a high level of communication between stakeholders, business strategy and project management.
A degree with a major in Business or Computer Science is the most common qualification. 82% of Product Owners have at least a Bachelor’s level, and over a third have a Master’s. That being said, you may find your way into this role through relevant work experience if your degree isn’t relevant.