For those looking to start (or re-start) their careers, technology is the clear and free way to go. Not only are technology jobs experiencing a serious boom in growth, but they are also often well-paid. We are living in an age that relies more than ever on technology, and we are advancing at an incredible pace. But to do so requires people to do the necessary jobs.

According to U.S. News, of the top 100 best jobs for 2013, technology jobs almost completely dominate the top ten (save one spot). If you’re interested in technology and want a solid career path, consider these nine jobs:

  1. Computer Systems Analyst – $78,770 median salary
  2. Database Administrator – $75,190 median salary
  3. Software Developer – $89,280 median salary
  4. Web Developer – $77,990 median salary
  5. Computer Programmer – $72,630 median salary
  6. IT Manager – $118,010 median salary
  7. Computer Systems Administrator – $70,970 median salary
  8. Mechanical Engineer – $79,230 median salary
  9. Civil Engineer – $77,990 median salary
Mayer was also on Time's 100 Most Influential People list for 2013

Marissa Mayer was listed as one of Fortune’s 50 most powerful women.
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Getting in with the right company and proving yourself as an innovative and intelligent leader could lead to incredible successes. Consider Marissa Mayer, who started off her career at Google as its 20th employee and first female developer. After thirteen years at Google, Mayer accepted the CEO position at Yahoo! and is now considered one of the most influential and powerful people in the world.

Technology has also been great for entrepreneurial types, like Mashable’s Pete Cashmore. He created Mashable when he was just a teenager at home, and now he is one of the most influential technological gurus out there—and he’s only 27.

Technology is vastly better today than it ever has been before, but it is still growing at a staggering rate. As far as career choices go, it’s one of the best choices one can make (as long as there is an interest in the field, of course).