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The Highest Paying IT Jobs For 2021: Robert Half

While higher unemployment and workforce up-skilling are expanding the IT candidate pool, employers are finding many applicants do not possess the right technical skills and experience or the desired soft skills, according to the staffing company.

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No. 7: Applications Architect

Applications architects are responsible for designing the major aspects of a software application, including the user interface, middleware and infrastructure.

Other duties include providing technical leadership to the application development team; performing design and code reviews; ensuring that uniform, enterprise-wide application design standards are maintained; and collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure application architectures are aligned with business requirements.

Employers look for a minimum of five to eight years of work experience with relevant development tools and specific application and system architectures, in addition to a strong understanding of object-oriented design. Expertise in the design, development and deployment of enterprise-level, N-tier architecture in a Microsoft .NET Framework or Java Enterprise Edition platform may be required, as well as software development skills such as AJAX, C#/C++ and LAMP.

Job candidates also must be able to work well on teams – and sometimes manage them – and have excellent communication and planning skills.

Applications architects have a median starting salary of $144,500

“This is one of the highest-paying IT roles, because just about every company wants to improve existing applications or create new ones,” the Robert Half report states.

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