IT Career Paths

The I.T. field is incredibly diverse with many available career paths.

Be sure to check out this article at CompTIA: http://certification.comptia.org/ExploreCareers/careerpaths.aspx

CompTIA offers many different I.T. certifications which can help your career along. Visit them on the web at: http://www.comptia.org/home.aspx

This CompTIA article is about IT Career Paths and covers the following areas:

  • Service/Help Desk
  • Network Administration
  • Security/Networking
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Project Management
  • Office Productivity
  • Training

I would say this is not a complete list and I would not hesitate to add the following IT career paths into the mix:

  • Website development
  • Databases
  • Business Intelligence
  • Software Development
  • Applications Development
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Hardware or Software Sales
  • Hardware Technician
  • Beta Testing/Debugging
  • Research and Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Specialist

I.T. Career Forecasts and Opportunities

   Maybe you are considering a higher education and career path in the I.T. field? Maybe you have already made this decision and are now in motion with your education?

   The I.T. field is extremely diverse and offers an array of options that you can pick from. This makes the I.T. field adaptable to your unique strengths and desires.

   I did a bit of research on current I.T. career forecasts and opportunities and I wanted to share a brief summary of what I found with you. I also wanted to share with you the URL’s for this information so you can do further research on your own.

   The first site is a great go-to website to research and is the U.S. Dept. of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics.

   More specifically, you can navigate to the “Occupational Outlook Handbook and Computer and information technology.”

According to their information here are stats for the following I.T. career fields:

I.T. Field Median Pay in 2010
   
Computer and information research scientists $100,660
Computer network architects $75,660
Computer programmers $71,380
Computer support specialists $46,260
Database administrators $73,490
Information security analysts $75,660
Network and computer systems administrators $69,160
Software developers $90,530
Web developers $75,660

 

   This next site is also a great source for I.T. and other technology information.
Their name is ComputerWorld and their home URL is located here.

If you would like to navigate directly to this particular article I am quoting it is located here.

Article Information:
Title: 10 hot IT skills for 2013
Author: Mary K. Pratt
Category: I.T. Career Opportunities
Publish Date: September 24, 2012 06:00 AM ET

According to Mary K. Pratt, these are 10 of the HOT I.T. skills being predicted for 2013

  1. Programming and application development
  2. Project management
  3. Help desk – Technical support
  4. Security
  5. Business intelligence – Analytics
  6. Cloud – SaaS
  7. Virtualization
  8. Networking
  9. Mobile applications and Device management
  10. Data center

   If you are already in college for an I.T. degree you should be thinking about your career path. This will help you to focus your class choices and the honing of your skills.

   Also, if you are nearing completion of your degree you should be reaching out for internship opportunities. Look up and use the resources given in these linked articles to help you make better choices!

Find An Internship

Got internship?

Most college students could benefit from landing a good internship opportunity. An internship can help you to learn and hone your skills and it can also open the door for permanent employment and career opportunities.

I happened across this webpage that has listings of internship positions. They also have an internship search feature where you can pick from a variety of keywords, locations, and categories.

The internship search web page is located at the following URL: Find internship resources

The website is called College Magazine and you can locate them at the following URL: College Magazine Website

Good luck with your search!