A degree may open the door to a variety of opportunities and diverse career paths. The degree programs offered at AIU will not necessarily lead to the featured careers. This collection of articles is intended to help inform and guide you through the process of determining which level of degree and types of certifications align with your desired career path.
Computers, network systems, and Internet-ready devices dominate human life in the 21st century. With all the technology in our lives, there is a need for trained individuals to work with these systems.
Computers, networks, and systems must be installed, administered and maintained. Therefore, qualified individuals are employed to perform these tasks. The desire and ability to work with computers and computer systems is one factor students should consider when pursuing an IT education. However, students should also be aware of the potential benefits of having a Bachelor’s in Information Technology. Students should also research the career opportunities available to graduates with IT degrees.
Potential IT Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree
Computer and Information Systems Manager
Computer and information systems managers, also known as IT managers or IT project managers, are responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing an organization’s computer systems and networks. Their primary task is to identify an organization’s network needs and to implement systems that will assist the company in meeting those goals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% increase in demand for these occupations through 2026, which is a faster rate of growth than most other professions.1
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
A network and computer systems administrator is in charge of overseeing the day-to-day operations of IT systems. Typical duties include organizing, installing, and supporting an organization’s network systems. This is accomplished by analyzing the needs of the business, installing a system to meet those needs, tracking the performance of that system, and conducting maintenance operations to keep the system up and running. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 415,300 jobs in this profession by 2026.2
Database administration is one example of a specialized career in IT. Individuals in this position are responsible for the storage and organization of business-related data, such as employee payroll records or customer shipping records. It is also a database administrator’s job to ensure this information is accessible to proper users and protected from unauthorized access. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11% growth in database administration jobs from 2016 through 2026.3
The field of information technology involves hardware work, such as physical systems, computers and networks. However, software is additionally involved. A software developer’s job is to design programs for companies to use to operate more efficiently and effectively on a daily basis. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 24% increase in demand for software developers from 2016 through 2026.4
Computer Systems Analyst
A computer systems analyst is responsible for studying an organization’s current computer systems and advising management on any changes or updates that need implemented to ensure operations remain efficient and effective. Analysts perform this task by examining and understanding the benefits and limitations of both the business and the computer system it has or needs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 9% increase in demand for computer systems analysts between 2016 and 2026.5
Learn More About a Bachelor’s in Information Technology at AIU.
Information technology positions are forecasted to remain strong as computers and network systems become increasingly integrated into modern society. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 13% growth in computer and information technology positions as a whole, amounting to an estimated creation of 557,100 new jobs between 2016-2026.6 Learn how you can take the first step toward earning an education designed to help you prepare to pursue opportunities in this field.Ready to learn more about information technology? Learn about AIU’s IT degrees today.
1. “Computer and Information Systems Managers.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm (Visited 10/04/18). Conditions in your area may vary.
2. “Network and Computer Systems Administrators.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (Visited 10/04/18). Conditions in your area may vary.
3. “Database Administrators.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm (Visited 10/04/18). Conditions in your area may vary.
4. “Software Developers.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm (Visited 10/04/18). Conditions in your area may vary.
5. “Computer Systems Analysts.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm (Visited 10/04/18). Conditions in your area may vary.
6. “Computer and Information Technology Jobs.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (Visited 10/04/18). Conditions in your area may vary.
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