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Career in Information Technology: Future Prospects

Posted by Jason Wong on Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Information technology is all around us

In our daily lives, we have integrated the products and end means of information technology whether it's the operating systems on the computer networks that automate a company's tasks and processes, our mobile phones, or the vast amount of information sought and found on the internet. This translates obstensibly that careers in the information technology sector are expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in computer software engineering for example, are expected to grow by as much as 32 percent by 2018.


As the United States moves further into the 21st century, it's economy is starting to transition from being driven by the manufacturing of widgets to an economy driven by the manufacturing of digits. What this creates for the experts who understand computer science and information technology is a huge amount of opportunities and even wealth. Hence, the demand for IT or CS (Computer Science) skilled works is soaring. According to the Department of Labor, the employment of these experts is estimated to grow by 19 percent through 2020

An increase in demand for information technology workers

Many Americans are aware of this change and have sought to become students of IT. University enrollment in related fields have grown substantially in recent years. Yet, despite all the general interest and increasing numbers of Americans studying, the industry is outpacing it still. In addition, as more complex technologies continue to develop, companies seek employees who stay
up to date with new technologies. Of which, Big data and cloud computing professionals are earning the biggest paycheck. 

What is amazing about the Information Technology field is that you do not have to be a tech person to get involved in the industry. Like many other skills, technology skills can be learned on the job. Nowadays, a lot of job training is done informally, through observation, interactions with co-workers and hands-on projects. No matter what career you might pursue in the future, technology skills can definitely lead you to bigger and better things. The technology industry not only needs programmers and developers, they need writers, graphic designers, project managers, human resource personnel and marketing professionals, and the list goes on. And by pursuing one of these positions in the technology field, not only do you work on something you are familiar with, but you also have the opportunity to learn more about the technology that surrounds us every single day. 

The information technology field

Below are the five trending jobs in IT:

  • IT ConsultantAs CNN mentioned, everyone from local startups to the Fortune 500 companies need IT consultants to help them figure out the cheapest and fastest ways to run computers better. It also ranked number 13th on CNN’s most recent Best Jobs in America list.
  • Mobile/Web application developer: Hot in demand due to the internet and technology boom. Moreover, these developers are employed across every industry sector as there are needs in both commercial and non-commercial organizations to have a web page for selling or for the  purpose of communication.
  • System Administrator: Take charge of day-to-day monitoring and maintainence of a business's technology assets, responsible for helping install, maintain and upgrading servers as the company requires. In addition, system administrators often promote to a more senior administrator role and then into a IT project management role.
  • Network architect:  Broadly speaking the role involves setting up, administering, maintaining and upgrading communication systems, local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) for an organization. And one would most likely be aware of cloud computing. Despite the non-existence of storage space in the ether and not being able to touch literally, it still needs to be organized and given an architecture.
  • Data/Business analyst:  Collect and analyze data so that a company or companies can apply these reports to their marketing, insurance, political and/or business practices. There’s a wide field for Data Analysts and you can rise as far as your talent takes you. 


Sources: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704358904575478133397664058






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