5 Jobs in High Tech
The information technology sector is poised for record growth. Check out these 5 hot high-tech jobs.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts the information technology sector will add 1.6 million jobs by 2014. BLS' top-ranked job for growth is network systems and data communications analyst--53 percent or 140,000 new jobs. Even now, one-third of all jobs are IT related, according to the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies.
But What Is IT?
An online look at Merriam-Webster tells us information technology is "the technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data."
In layman's terms, it simply means setting up the systems we use to communicate and keeping them running. So, when a journalist blogs or an investment banker peruses stocks on the Web, they are relying information technology to ply their respective trades.
Top to Bottom Tech Jobs
Looking for a little more clarification? Here are five IT jobs that span the spectrum from chief executive to help-desk technician.
1. Computer and Information Systems Managers: These tech-savvy managers marry their business skills to technical know-how to plan and carry out a company's overall technology strategy. Not surprisingly, many have a master's degree of business administration that focuses on technology. They make decisions regarding everything from the hardware they purchase to the security of their intranet.
2. Computer Systems Analysts: Broadly speaking they design and implement a company's technology solutions from the systems to the software. And, they keep all the systems talking to each other. Generally, analysts have a bachelor's degree in disciplines such as computer science, management information systems, or information security.
3. Database Administrators: Database administrators create and manage data collection systems. Information security is increasingly becoming an important component of this job. Most employers want bachelor's degrees in computer science, information science, or management information systems. Median wages in 2007 were $67,250.
4. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts: Also known as network architects, they keep the lines of communication open from intranets and the Internet to email and voice mail. Degree requirements are the same as database administrators.
5. Computer Support Specialists: Technical support for users is essential. Specialists in this area can work for a non-IT company in their support department or for a firm that specializes in supporting other companies in outside industries. Some companies require a bachelor's degree in computing, others accept associate's degrees or certificates and relevant work experience. Median salaries in 2007 were $42,400.
Career Training for IT
Though not quite in its infancy, IT is still an emerging field. As a result, there is no one single formula to gaining entry. But, as you move up, the formula is education. With intense competition for top jobs, master's degrees are becoming increasingly common. Online programs are an attractive alternative, particularly to professionals looking to advance their careers.