IT Job Growth To Increase by 2020

Information Technology (IT) is a rapidly-growing profession says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2020, we’ll need a beefed up workforce to the tune of 22 percent. For those who are counting, that’s lot of computer geeks. Don’t be put off by the stereotype; in reality, those “geeks” earn big bucks doing exactly what they enjoy. If you’re on the verge of turning IT into your day job, consider the following careers. They’ll earn you the highest pay and (the good news) boasting opportunities!

IT Manager

- Median wage: $115,780

- Job growth estimate: 18 percent

IT Managers wear several hats. Their day can lead to almost any IT-related duty, from developing goals, analyzing system needs and processes, upgrading software, determining cost, enforcing security measures, and keeping up with the latest computer advances. They also usually have a brood of like-minded colleagues working for them. If you enjoy variety in your job and you love to organize, look no further than IT management.

Software/Systems Developers

- Median wage: $94,180

- Job growth estimate: 32 percent

Systems Developers are a unique group of people. Their job is to create an IT “space” for companies to connect and work. –If employees are football players, Systems Developers designed the field they play on. These folks are needed in almost every profession, including financial, medical, business, industrial, military, communication, administration, and more. Depending on your niche, you may create a financial system that allows accountants to accomplish specific tasks, or you may develop a new medical coding system for a hospital, allowing all records to exist digitally. If you are interested in finding answers to broad topics, systems development may be a wise choice.

Software/Applications Developers

- Median wage: $87,790

- Job growth estimate: 28 percent

Applications Developers are no strangers to tackling specific problems. Does your company need a new iPhone app? How about a new piece of software for employees only? Application Developers are trained to think outside the box and create new programs for many different platforms.   If you enjoy diving into new and inventive projects, consider application development as your specialty.

Systems Analysts

- Median wage: $77,740

- Job growth estimate: 22 percent

Everyone has a friend who just “knows” computers. They understand why something won’t print, why a program won’t install, or where to go to find the best software to solve a problem. Systems Analysts “know” IT in business. They are the people who keep the servers up and running, keep the software current, and are always looking for new ways to improve and protect the day-to-day computer issues at work. If you have a natural talent and crave efficiency, this is the career for you.

Web Development/Network Architects

- Median wage: $65,600

- Job growth estimate: 22 percent

Web Developers and Network Architects share a common goal: connectivity. Web Developers are responsible for designing the face of their organization, creating websites that allow customers to view the company’s info from the comfort of their own homes.

Network Architects go the internal route: nailing down the technical hardware needs of an organization to keep it running smoothly. They decide how many data centers are necessary, how to arrange hardware and cables, user privileges, zoning, and more.

If organization and communication is your IT goal, consider a career in either of these fields.

Now is the best time to unleash your inner computer geek. The IT field is filled with diverse opportunity and growth potential. If you’re looking for a lucrative and interesting career, this is your ticket to a better future.

*Median wages are based on 2010 dollars in the United States.

*Job growth numbers reflect 2010-2020 projections

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