Information Technology

Female College Student Using Computer In ClassroomTrying to simply describe the opportunities in information technology is difficult.

IT can include everything from autoCAD drafting to web development and thousands of high-paying careers in between. IT is consistently one of the fastest growing career fields and is expected to stay that way for years to come.

How big? In the 10-year period from 2010 and 2020, programming positions are expected to increase 28.8 percent. Systems analysts and support specialists are projected to grow by 43.1 percent. With these three IT careers alone employing more than 350,000 in 2010, the projected growth means an abundance of jobs for tech-savvy job applicants.

The return on investment for these careers is healthy. According to a popular job network, the median yearly salary for computer support specialists is $48,900, while network support averages an additional $10,000 per year, or $59,090.

The reasons for this healthy job market are both obvious and hidden. The growth of the Internet and e-commerce are visible. But with lower hardware and software costs, businesses that previously couldn’t dream of IT solutions now take them for granted. Increased security needs are another factor, but so too is the simple need for more people to simply keep all of this running – even desktop computers – because they are now in every facet of our work and play.