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How much money do you make on technogogy?

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Jorge’s Answer

A lot of what you make depends on the sector or industry that you end up working in, the job, the location and your experience level.

You can look up salary in various fields in glassdoor.com. For example, software engineer makes around $92k on average nation wide (https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/software-engineer-salary-SRCH_KO0,17.htm), but obviously pays a lot more in more expensive areas like New York, Boston or San Francisco Bay Area.

Jorge recommends the following next steps:

Determine what type of technology interest you.

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James’s Answer

There's going to be a lot of factors that go into determining the money aspect for careers in the technology field. If you want to explore the various occupations available and get an idea what on average you can expect to earn there are various career explorer sites you can check out. https://www.careeronestop.org/ is one such place that also offers possible technical occupations with expected pay range: https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Wages/find-salary.aspx?newsearch=true

James recommends the following next steps:

Narrow scope of what in the technology field interest you
Explore career devlopment sites such as careeronestop.org

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Sunil’s Answer

Hi Destiny - in line with everyone's responses so far - narrow the scope of what you mean by technology. In general, technology is the 'in' thing right now and for the foreseeable future - and that refers specifically to most anything to do with computers, programming and cloud related technology.

In addition, you want to take into account multiple other criteria:
1. Geographic location - as others have said, pay can be higher on the West Coast vs. say, Kansas City - but that's a reflection of cost of living very often
2. Area of technology - if you're talking about doing things with Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc. i.e., you know how to use these technologies, vs. you're the one building these programs - then you will likely get compensated more for more complex, advanced, specialized capabilities
3. Finally, there's the topic of years of experience - i.e., if you're just learning the technology vs. someone who has implemented the technology for several years

Hope this helps.

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Brian’s Answer

To try and sum it up:

1. Generally salaries in technology will be higher than salaries that don't involve technology what so ever. This is because have these skills is at a premium

2. I think what you want to focus on is first "What is my passion". A way to think about that differently is this: What do I do in my free time?

3. The trick is to identify the industry in #2, then understand how technology fits into that industry. then research companies that provide that service

For example: Let's say your answer to #2 is "listen to music". You dont need to be good at singing or an instrument to be successful in the music industry. Think about all the careers at Spotify or companies like it that require technical expertise and nothing to do with picking up an instrument or singing a note.

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Jo’s Answer

Hi Destiny,

As others have mentioned, there are multiple areas of technology and roles and the salary depends on those factors. Start with what you enjoy doing - do you like to code? the language you code in matters. or do you lose time in data analysis because you enjoy it? Data Science is a field that is growing. Explore different technology roles and areas and gravitate towards what interests you and the money will follow.