Featured Careers in I.T.
Featured Careers for Computer Networking and System Administration (CNSA)
Thinking of a career in computer networking? Computer networks are a critical part of most organizations and computer networking is an in-demand career field.
As companies struggle with security breaches and data protection, cybersecurity skills are in high demand. The Internet of Everything (IoE) provides enormous opportunities for cybersecurity professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 18% growth rate for Information Security Analysts. The median annual wage for information security analysts was $98,350 per year or $47.28 per hour in May 2018.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Online collaboration, online banking, and streaming video all rely on networking as the foundation. Virtually all companies rely on some kind of network infrastructure. The median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $82,050 per year or $39.45 per hour in May 2018.
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Cloud computing continues to grow at a rapid pace and as a result the demand for cloud computing professionals is exploding. Careers in cloud computing require networking, Linux, programming, database, security and virtualization skills. The median pay as of 2018 * depends on skills set and experience starting around $109,020 per year or $52.41 per hour.
Featured Careers for Computer Support Specialist (CSS)
Thinking of a career in IT support? This is an in-demand field with many exciting career options from entry-level to management positions.
Computer Support Specialists (CSS)
Computer Support Specialists (CSS) provide technical assistance to computer users. They resolve computer hardware and software problems in person, via telephone or electronically. Employment of computer support specialists (CSS) is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for computer support specialists was $51,470 in May 2015.
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Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers combine their IT skills with their team management skills. They plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% growth rate. The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $142,530 per year or $68.53 per hour in May 2018.
Other Potential Careers
Data Center Technicians
Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. Can earn up to $75,000 annually.
Cybersecurity/Information Security Analysts
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses. Can earn up to $117,000.
Computer & Information Systems Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Can earn up to $169,000 annually.
Computer System Analysts
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software. Can earn up to $113,000 annually.
Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content. Can earn up to $82,000 annually.
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information. Can earn up to $117,000 annually..
Database architects design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security. Can earn up to $126,000 annually.
Computer Network Architects
Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software. Can earn up to $136,000 annually.