Today’s world is dominated by computers. Whether you are working in music, journalism, health science, business, education, manufacturing, public safety or science it is likely you will need Information Technology (IT) help. Within the IT career cluster there are four programs of study that help you gain experience and knowledge to work in IT. The four programs are listed below with a job example. For information about more IT jobs, follow this link.
- Electrical and Electronic Installer, Transportation Equipment
- Electromechanical Technician
- Electrical Engineer
- Computer Science Teacher, Postsecondary
- Computer and Information Scientist, Research
Electrical and Electronic Installer, Transportation Equipment
- Job Description: Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.
- Growth: 9%
- Wage: $40,423
- Openings: 100
- Education: Postsecondary award. The majority of employees have at most a high school diploma or some college.
- Job Description: Operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.
- Growth: 10%
- Wage: $49,334
- Openings: 100
- Education: Associate’s degree. The majority of employees have some college.
- Job Description: Design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacture and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
- Growth: 14%
- Wage: $92,784
- Openings: 2,050
- Education: Bachelor’s degree. The majority of employees have a four-year college degree.
Computer Science Teacher, Postsecondary
- Job Description: Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field within computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis.
- Growth: 33%
- Wage: $75,544
- Openings: 800
- Education: Master’s degree. Most employees a four-year college degree or better.
Computer and Information Scientist, Research
- Job Description: Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as a theorist, designer, or inventor. Solve or develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware or software.
- Growth: 22%
- Wage: $95,538
- Openings: 550
- Education: Doctoral degree. Most employees have a four-year college degree or better.
While only five occupations are highlighted here, students can find more information at America’s Career InfoNet, Competency Model Clearinghouse, Occupational Information Network, and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.
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