CDN $72,000 to $120,000
Source: Sapphire Canada
Sapphire Canada expects a demand for architects of all forms, including application development, business, database, network/infrastructure and security. Database architects start at the lower end of $72,000, while business architects can see salaries up to $120,000, according to the company’s Q1 to Q3 2009 IT Salary Survey, which lists national averages of permanent salary ranges by role.
$50,000 to $100,000+
Source: Info-Tech Research Group
One IT position that doesn’t necessarily require a background in IT, business analysts focus more business skills and communications skills than hard-up technical skills, explained Perrier-Knox. Business analysts come from a variety of backgrounds, including business school degrees, the general arts and humanities as well as traditional techies with good soft skills, she said.
In terms of coursework, business analyst programs are one of the leading training programs that existing IT pros are sent out on and there are plenty of workshops out there for those interested in developing the appropriate skill set, she noted.
While salaries start at $50,000, they can climb above six figures depending on the complexity of the business and the individual’s experience, according to Perrier-Knox. “In terms of a money-maker, it’s not a bad one,” she said.
Business intelligence analysts
$65,500 to $93,500
Source: Robert Half Technology
Enterprises are trying to understand the past to make sure they are competitive and there is a lot of emphasis on business intelligence and reporting, said Abramovitch. Top end salaries usually accompany those with experience in top-tier BI tools like Cognos and the new financial reporting standard IFRS, he said. The salary range indicated reflects 2009. The Robert Half Technology 2010 Salary Guide is available upon request by visiting rht.com/salarycenter.