On a sunny day in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, 15-year-old Dalen July is transported into the solar system. He glides past Mars and sways slightly as he nears the sun. For his out-of-this-world journey, he puts on an Oculus Rift 3-D headset, most commonly used for gaming purposes, and experiences the content development technology of Immersive Concepts (IC). The company creates cutting-edge 3-D virtual learning programs, and on this day, it is taking July on a virtual trip to the moon.

From the complex algorithms behind your Internet search to the movie recommendations automatically produced by your online movie service to a new wave of social media platforms, technology rules. With that comes an explosion of jobs to fill the growing demand for science and technology-based products. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in computer- and mathematics-related fields are expected to grow 22 percent by 2018—nearly twice the average growth of all other occupations. With salaries ranging from $60,000 to $100,000 and unlimited entrepreneurial options, it’s a great industry for returning students, distance learners and those with a knack for picking up new software or programming languages. Check out our roundup of the hottest jobs in tech:

Read more in the July 2014 issue of EBONY Magazine.