Potential Job Opportunities for IT Professionals
People who are interested in pursuing a career in information technology have many opportunities waiting for them after earning their bachelor's degree. If you like to work with hardware in data centers, you can find work as a computer hardware engineer. Maybe you enjoy managing networks and systems; in that case, computer information systems management could be your next career. There are many options to choose from when you graduate with your IT degree. Here are a few examples to help you make a decision:
Computer hardware engineers
Hardware engineers are often required to research, design and test computer systems and other physical components of a network. This includes finding the strengths and weaknesses of processors, circuit boards, routers and memory devices. According to the BLS, hardware engineers earn a median annual wage of $100,920.
Computer network architects
Network architects are an important part of every company's IT department. They design and develop the organization's data communication networks based on the operational parameters of the company. They usually are responsible for setting up local and wide area networks, and intranets. Network architects have extensive knowledge of a company's business plan and work with department executives to design a system that meets the organization's IT goals. According to the BLS, the median annual wage of network architects is $91,000.
Computer and information systems manager
IT managers in this position plan and coordinate all the computer-related processes of an organization. They assist multiple department heads, and identify and implement information technology goals. Employers might also require their IT managers to negotiate with technology vendors to acquire the most appropriate level of service for their organization. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer and information systems managers earn a median annual wage of $120,950.
Computer systems analysts
Systems analysts work with IT managers and other tech specialists to determine the efficiency of an organization's network. They try to find and augment the strengths of a system while identifying and mitigating its weak points. Some computer systems analysts are brought in as consultants to help design and develop new systems or upgrade the existing network. They do this by selecting and installing hardware and software. According to the BLS, these analysts earn a median annual wage of $79,680.
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.