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India is known to a lot of people in the business sector as the “Land of Outsourced Jobs.” That may be true, but companies are outsourcing more than just call-center jobs. India is also a great resource for IT projects, particularly in the area of software development.
Another key advantage of software development done in India is the time difference. Depending upon the time zone you reside at in the United States, India is generally 10.5 hours ahead. For example, 11:00 p.m. in Chicago, Central Time Zone (CST), means that it is almost 9:30 a.m. in India.
While the U.S. developers are sleeping, the software development team in India is hard at work, writing code for the next big IT project. Indian developers are able to deliver software applications to U.S. customers at the start of the same day. As Americans enter their offices at 8 a.m. CST the next day, it is about 6:30 p.m. in India, and our developers can brief their U.S. counterparts on the code they have developed.
The time differential enables U.S. companies to appear as though they conduct business 24 hours a day. This is a great asset, of course, when pitching services to new customers.
Besides outsourcing, India itself is also becoming an attractive place to work in terms of IT jobs. Some IT professionals from the U.S. are even immigrating to India in search of more lucrative and prestigious positions.
There are many IT jobs in India, and it can take a bit of time and effort to find the right fit for yourself. To assist you in your search and help you set career goals, I present the five best IT jobs in India:
Chief Information Officer (CIO). The role of the CIO is probably one of the most lucrative and esteemed IT-based jobs in India. The main duty of the CIO is to manage and maintain an organization’s entire IT infrastructure, as well as all of the related IT assets that come with it.
CIO sub-duties include managing an entire IT staff, conducting backup and recovery tasks, and making key decisions about what types and kinds of Cloud based services to get (which include all three: Infrastructure as a Service; Platform as a Service; and Software as a Service offerings). The salary for an India-based CIO tends to be amongst the highest in the country, approximately 15 to 25 Lakhs ($24,000 to $40,000 U.S.) per year.
Chief Security Officer (CSO). This job title can be considered as stemming off of the CIO. CSO positions are among the highest-paying and most in-demand in India today. The main role of the CSO is to manage and maintain Security safeguards for all of an organization’s physical and digital IT assets (this includes all servers, as well as the corporate information and data).
Due to the increase in cyber-based attacks and threats, a CSO’s primary area of attention is cyber security. The CSO is also responsible for evaluating and implementing changes in the security policies of the business or organization. The salary range for a CSO is one of the highest in India: 12 to 18 Lakhs ($19,000 to $29,000 U.S.) per year.
IT Manager. This job title is also generally considered a sub-branch of the CIO role. An IT manager’s main role is overseeing the general, day-to-day activities of the IT Infrastructure in a business or organization. These include the deployment and support of new IT assets (physical- or digital-based) either at a regional or global level.
The education and experience levels required are not quite as high as that of the CSO or CIO; all that is required is a minimum of 10 years of real-world IT experience, and a bachelor of science in IT from an accredited university or college. The pay for an IT Manager ranges from 10 to 18 Lakhs ($16,000 to $29,000 U.S.) per year.
Network Architect. Networking jobs are a hot commodity in India, specifically network architects. The primary responsibility of a network architect is to create and deploy new types of networks and telecommunications-based platforms into an organization’s IT structure.
This job is not as prestigious as a CIO or CSO, and demand tends to fluctuate. Often times an organization’s preference is to contract a network architect from a third party, such as an IT staffing company. Despite these factors, this role is highly regarded and pays well, making it more attractive to the younger crowd (such as those just graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science). Annual pay for an Indian based network architect is approximately 10 to 15 Lakhs ($16,000 to $24,000 U.S.) per year.
Software Development Manager. The main task of a software development manager is overseeing the daily operations of an organization’s software development team, and ensuring that projects are delivered on time to the customer.
One vital aspect of a software development manager’s job is making certain that the highest levels of quality control are maintained throughout the development process, as well as allocating appropriate levels of resources as needed.
With just 10 years of experience and a diploma in software engineering, the salary is quite high and the demand for it remains pretty strong throughout India. Annual salary for a software development manager is approximately 7.5 to 10 Lakhs ($12,000 to $16,000 U.S.) per year.