NOVEMBER 22, 2019

What Can You Do with An Information Technology Degree?

What Can You Do with An Information Technology Degree

Would you like to train the robot overlords to conquer the planet? Maybe you’d just like a stable career that allows you to earn a good salary, while doing a job that allows multiple coffee breaks when you’re testing for software bugs.

Regardless of why you’re interested in information technology, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for those with skills in information technology is expected to grow at a much more rapid pace from 2018 to 2028.

Additionally, since computers touch every facet of modern life, these skills allow you to find opportunities in practically any field.

 

Top 10 Best Information Technology Degree Careers

*Note: All salary information comes from the 2018 median annual pay, as reported by the BLS.

 

#1 Computer and Information Research Scientist

Job Description

Computer scientists are innovative thinkers who lead teams to design new ways of thinking about a problem. They employ their skills to increase efficiency, improve cybersecurity, and make sense of massive amounts of data. Because these skills are useful to a large variety of fields, computer and information research scientists may find themselves doing anything from analyzing ocean currents to making sure that credit card information is secure. Professionals at this level are generally required to have earned a master’s degree.

 

Top Skills

 

Key Insight

Industries with the highest paid Computer and Information Research Scientists include: software publishers, research and development (in the physical, engineering, and life sciences), as well as computer systems design and related services.

 

Salary*

$118,370

 

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Much Faster Than Average. 16%

 

 

#2 Computer Network Architect

Job Description

Computer Network Architects (sometimes called Network Engineers) design and build physical data communication networks. They manage hardware upgrades and plan for future needs by analyzing data traffic. The popularity of cloud computing has lessened the growth prospects for these professionals as smaller companies migrate to storing their data in the cloud.

Top Skills

Key Insight

States with the highest number of Computer Network Architects are: California, Texas, Florida, Virginia, and New York.

Salary*

$118,370

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: About as Fast as Average. 5%

 

 

#3 Software Developer

Job Description

Software Developers work with developers and clients to analyze needs, create functionality diagrams, write code to solve problems, and document everything in order to make future maintenance and changes easier. Since the computer science field is always evolving, developers need to stay up-to-date on new programming tools and languages.

 

Top Skills

 

Key Insight

Systems Software Developers are paid slightly better than Software Developers working on applications, though job prospects for Applications Software Developers are expected to grow at a faster rate than Systems Software Development opportunities.

 

Salary*

$105,590

 

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Much Faster Than Average. 21%

 

 

#4 Information Security Analyst

Job Description

Information Security experts plan out and deploy security measures to prevent security breaches, protect against malware, and develop best practices. These professionals also simulate attacks to ensure that networks are secure. With the shift to cloud data storage – specifically the increased use of electronic medical records – employment of information security analysts is expected to explode.

 

Top Skills

Key Insight

States with the highest employment numbers for Information Security Analysts are Virginia, Texas, California, New York, and Florida, with employment clustered in major metropolitan areas.

Salary*

$98,350

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Much Faster Than Average. 32%

 

 

#5 Database Administrator

Job Description

Database Administrators (DBAs) organize data maintain back-up copies, and modify database structures, as needed. These professionals monitor system performance and oversee the development of new databases. The field is broken into System DBAs and Application DBAs; generally speaking, System DBAs handle hardware, and Application DBAs focus on software.

 

Top Skills

Key Insight

Employment for Database Administrators in the database-as-a-service field is expected to grow at a rate of 21%, as compared to the general rate of 9%, for these professionals.

Salary*

$90,070

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Faster Than Average. 9%

 

 

#6 Computer Systems Analyst

Job Description

Computer Systems Analysts (also known as Systems Architects) design and implement new computer systems to have organizations operate more efficiently. In order to accomplish this, Computer Systems Analysts consult managers to determine how a given company utilizes information technology. These professionals also train end users and write instruction manuals.

 

Top Skills

Key Insight

Job growth for Computer Systems Analysts was projected to be concentrated in the health care field to help the field adapt to the increased use of e-prescribing, electronic health records, and other forms of health care IT.

 

Salary*

$88,740

 

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Faster Than Average. 9%

 

 

#7 Computer Programmer

Job Description

Computer Programmers write and test code in a variety of languages (ex. C++, Java, Python). While code libraries can simplify the process a bit, a single line of faulty code can ruin your day. The process of testing code for errors and debugging faulty lines of code can be very time consuming. Patience is vital for this role.

 

Top Skills

Key Insight

Since this work can be done remotely, some companies are electing to outsource this work to lower-paid workers, often outside the U.S.

 

Salary*

$84,280

 

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Much Slower Than Average. -7%

 

 

#8 Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Job Description

Network and Computer Systems Administrators are responsible for the day-to-day functionality and operation of a company’s network, including anticipating future needs. While some companies only require Network and Computer Systems Administrators to have an Associate Degree, most require applicants to have earned a Bachelor’s Degree. Often, professionals need to maintain certification from 3rd-party vendors, such as Microsoft or Cisco.

 

Top Skills

Key Insight

States with the highest number of Network and Computer Systems Administrators are: California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Virginia.

 

Salary*

$82,050

 

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: About as Fast as Average. 5%

 

 

#9 Web Developers

Job Description

Web Developers create and design websites, including both the technical and aesthetic elements. Back-end Web Developers focus on technical construction and capabilities; Front-end Web Developers are responsible for a site’s layout, applications, and content; Webmasters ensure that websites are updated and well maintained, testing for broken links and sometimes responding to user comments.

 

Top Skills

Key Insight

Companies’ need for Web Developers to fluently understand cultural nuances is keeping these jobs from migrating overseas. Top paying states for these professionals include: Washington, Virginia, District of Columbia, California, and New Jersey.

 

Salary*

$69,430

 

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Much Faster Than Average. 13%

 

 

#10 Computer Support Specialists

Job Description

Computer Support Specialists are known for their patience and repeated use of the phrase: “Have you tried turning it off and then back on again?” These professionals listen to end-user issues and employ their problem-solving and communication skills to help end users work their way through the problem to solve the issue.

 

Top Skills

Key Insight

While employment of support specialists is projected to grow at a rate of 10% from 2018-2028, employment in the field of computer systems design is projected to grow 24% for the same time period.

Salary*

$53,470

 

Job Growth Outlook

Rated: Faster Than Average. 10%

 

 

Next Steps

With all the great opportunities available, it’s time to take the necessary steps to get qualified for a well-paid job in the IT field. Remember: someday is not a day of the week.

As you can see, employers are looking for applicants who think analytically, communicate clearly, and stay on top of trends in the IT industry. Since management positions in the IT fields generally require the completion of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a computer-related field, CityU’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is an excellent step towards career satisfaction. Here you’ll learn human-computer interaction, operating systems, and technology ethics.

Current issues in the field of IT include ethics of deep fakes, criminals holding a company’s computers hostage for ransom, and the increasing use of data-mining to erode personal privacy. Those trained in technical disciplines not only ensure job security, but also higher anticipated earnings.

 


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