Are you an electronics whiz who always has the scoop on new computer gear? If so, consider pursuing a career in information technology (IT). Companies depend on info technologists to build and maintain computer networks that store, protect, and share important data.
How to Prepare for a Career in Information Technology
IT careers cover a broad range of options for graduates of information technology degree programs, including: computer programming, software engineering, web design and development, networking, telecommunications, visual communication, IT support and security and database administration. Some employment may be available for those with associate's degrees but most IT employers are looking for at least a bachelor's degree and many prefer a master's degree plus applicable specialized certifications. Information technology coursework can include:
- Information management and security
- Web design
- Network communications
- Cyber crime prevention
- Calculating cost benefits analysis
Information Technology Career Prospects and Salaries
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that info technologists should have bright job prospects in coming years, with greater than average employment growth. Employment opportunities may be especially strong for information technologists with certified information technology degrees and knowledge of new developments in IT. Because information technology is a big field, your salary depends on your career path. For example, in 2008, database administrators earned a median salary of $69,740, while the highest 10 % of network systems and data communication analysts raked in over $104,070 per year.