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Kiplinger Logo By Stacy Rapacon, Online Editor, Kiplinger.com of Kiplinger | Slide 2 of 12: <p><strong>Total number of jobs:</strong> 798,233</p><p><strong>Projected job growth, 2016-2026:</strong> 21.6% (All jobs: 8.6%)</p><p><strong>Median annual salary:</strong> $97,483 (All jobs: $43,233)</p><p><strong>Typical education:</strong> Bachelor's degree</p><p>Why become an app developer? Check the palm of your hand (or maybe in the couch cushions) for the answer. The proliferation of mobile technology is driving demand for development of new applications of all kinds, from news and games to music and social sharing. <strong>Systems software developers, who create the operating systems for computers and mobile devices, are also poised for prosperity.</strong> From about 414,000 jobs currently, the workforce is projected to grow 16.0% by 2026. Systems software developers earn a median income of $104,767 a year. </p><p>A college degree in computer science, software engineering (both among our <a href="http://portal.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/T012-S001-10-best-college-majors-for-a-lucrative-career/index.html">best college majors for a lucrative career</a>) or a related field is a standard requirement to land most software-development jobs, but a master's degree can give you a leg up on the competition. Without a bachelor's degree, you can break into the tech field as a <strong>web developer</strong>, a role that typically requires just an associate's degree to get started and pays a median salary of about $60,385 a year. Also, the number of such jobs is expected to grow 26.5% to nearly 214,850 positions by 2026. Beyond formal education, expect to keep learning throughout your career in any tech job; you need to stay on top of any new tools, computer languages and other advances.</p>SEE ALSO: <a href="http://portal.kiplinger.com/slideshow/college/T012-S001-best-college-majors-for-your-career-2016-2017/index.html">10 Best College Majors for Your Career</a>

App Developer

Total number of jobs: 798,233

Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 21.6% (All jobs: 8.6%)

Median annual salary: $97,483 (All jobs: $43,233)

Typical education: Bachelor's degree

Why become an app developer? Check the palm of your hand (or maybe in the couch cushions) for the answer. The proliferation of mobile technology is driving demand for development of new applications of all kinds, from news and games to music and social sharing. Systems software developers, who create the operating systems for computers and mobile devices, are also poised for prosperity. From about 414,000 jobs currently, the workforce is projected to grow 16.0% by 2026. Systems software developers earn a median income of $104,767 a year.

A college degree in computer science, software engineering (both among our best college majors for a lucrative career) or a related field is a standard requirement to land most software-development jobs, but a master's degree can give you a leg up on the competition. Without a bachelor's degree, you can break into the tech field as a web developer, a role that typically requires just an associate's degree to get started and pays a median salary of about $60,385 a year. Also, the number of such jobs is expected to grow 26.5% to nearly 214,850 positions by 2026. Beyond formal education, expect to keep learning throughout your career in any tech job; you need to stay on top of any new tools, computer languages and other advances.

SEE ALSO: 10 Best College Majors for Your Career
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