With an increased demand for qualified IT workers over the next ten years, graduates with a degree in information technology are well-positioned to choose from a variety of IT careers. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, software developer jobs and network and computer systems administrator jobs are expected to increase at a rate of 30% and 28%, respectively, by 2020 from 2010*. This growth is much faster than the national average.
With a very strong job outlook and a growing need for qualified employees possessing a knowledge base in network operations, computer programming, the maintenance of computer and network systems and digital security, a career in information technology could be right for you. Potential information technology careers include:
Network and Computer Systems Administrators: Responsible for the day to day operations of an organization's computer networks. Organizing, installing and supporting an organization's computer systems, including local area networks (LANS), network segments, intranets and other data communication systems.
Computer Systems Analysts: Studying an organization's current computer systems and procedures and making recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively.
Software Developers: Developing the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or device.Tasks may also include developing the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a Bachelor's degree is the typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation. Explore AIU's Information Technology Degree Programs to see if Information Technology is the right area of study for you.
Disclaimer: The information provided regarding these fields may not specifically refer or relate to the experiences of graduates of American InterContinental University. Your experience in these fields will vary depending on many factors, such as your prior level of experience, geographic location, work history, job demand, industry trends and any certifications you may pursue after your graduation. Nothing on this site is intended to imply or guarantee any specific employment or salary. More information is available in the Course Catalog and in program disclosures. The reader is advised to refer to information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Conditions in a reader’s location may vary.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (visited October 04, 2013).
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Software Developers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm (visited October 04, 2013).