IT Career Paths

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.