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E-Commerce Career Outlook and Salary Information

Analysts from government agencies and from private think tanks agree that the outlook for e-commerce professionals over the next decade is very strong. Despite groans from Silicon Valley that salaries and perks aren’t what they used to be, e-commerce jobs throughout the country offer tremendous career opportunities for skilled professionals.

During the “dot com bubble,” skilled Internet technicians were rare. Therefore, many technology companies and online retailers hired anyone they could find. Despite the astronomical salaries paid by some well-funded companies, most early Internet companies paid their workers with stock options instead of cash. A lucky few enjoyed their windfalls when companies like eBay and Amazon enjoyed unprecedented stock growth.

Now that the e-commerce market has stabilized, the chances of becoming an overnight millionaire are slim. However, for most of us, a career shift into e-commerce can lead to a major salary upgrade. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, many e-commerce technicians in management positions earn over $100,000 per year. Entry-level workers that combine an MBA with technology training can often make over $50,000 in their first year on the job.

As more of our retail purchases shift to e-commerce websites, all kinds of companies will require skilled help with their online sales and service. As businesses look for ways to streamline customer service on the internet, analysts at Forrester Research suggest that workers with technology training can boost their salary by as much as 25%. Therefore, investing in your own e-commerce skills can brighten your career outlook.

 

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