Possible Work-From-Home Opportunities for IT Professionals

Possible work from home opportunities for IT professionals

For many people looking for employment in the 21st century, finding work-life balance is a major priority. Those who are interested in entering a career in information technology might be especially attracted to the idea. Some IT projects can take 12-15 hours a day for months on end, and if family or personal improvement time is important, IT professionals will want to be able to work from home if possible. Fortunately, advancements in telecommunication have made it possible for IT professionals to work remotely. Here are a few possible work-from-home job opportunities you can apply for once you earn your information technology degree:

Web developer or site designer
According to Christine Durst, co-founder of career consultant company Staffcentrix LLC, information technology is a field in which much of the home-based hiring in the U.S. occurs. Many experienced IT professionals can offer services such as custom web design, template modification, code reconfiguration and updating, hosting applications and usability enhancements from a remote location. According to Gary Swart, CEO of job posting website oDesk.com., web developers are in great demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, web developers earn an annual median wage of $62,500, with the top 10 percent earning more than $105,000.

Tech support specialist
The call centers of startup companies and generations-old corporations alike require the skills of information technology professionals. Many graduates begin their career in information technology at a call center, fielding questions from customers, clients and business partners. They can also help test existing network systems, run diagnostic analyses, and troubleshoot local area networks and Internet systems remotely. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for tech support specialists are expected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022. These individuals earn a median annual wage of $59,090, with the top 10 percent earning more than $96,850.

Software engineer
The people who create the latest video games for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Wii U are all information technology experts who have decided to focus on software engineering and development. Although many software engineers opt to enter a career within the video game industry, many also work on applications for mobile devices and personal computers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineers earn an annual medium wage of $93,350, with the top 10 percent earning more than $148,850 per year.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers bachelor's and master's online degree programs in IT. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_IT.

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