5 Opportunities in Information Technology

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.

  1. Information Support & Services: Database Administrator
  2. Web and Digital Media: Web Developer
  3. Network Systems: Network System Administrator
  4. Programming & Software Development: Software Engineer


Graphic_PHS_5 Numbers-01Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmer

  • Job Description: Develop programs to control machining or processing of parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
  • Growth: 14%
  • Wage: $45,692
  • Openings: 150
  • Education: Long-term on-the-job training. The majority of employees have at most a high school diploma or some college.

Graphic_PHS_5 Numbers_Artboard 2Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installer

  • Job Description: Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment.
  • Growth: 33%
  • Wage: $34,008
  • Openings: 1,450
  • Education: Postsecondary award. The majority of employees have at most a high school diploma and some college.

Graphic_PHS_5 Numbers_Artboard 3Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician

  • Job Description: Care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
  • Growth: 14%
  • Wage: $54,584
  • Openings: 2,200
  • Education: Associates degree. The majority of employees have some college.

Graphic_PHS_5 Numbers_Artboard 4Computer Software Engineer, Applications

  • Job Description: Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency.
  • Growth: 46%
  • Wage: $89,289
  • Openings: 14,300
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree. Most employees a college degree or better.

Graphic_PHS_5 Numbers_Artboard 5Computer and Information Systems Manager

  • Job Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programing.
  • Growth: 22%
  • Wage: $119,317
  • Openings: 3,400
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree and experience. Most employees have a college degree.

While only five occupations are highlighted here, students can find more information at America’s Career InfoNetCompetency Model ClearinghouseOccupational Information Network, and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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