Technology is now the foundation of innovation – autonomous cars, smart homes, unmanned aerial vehicles. From global companies to consumers, technology is relied upon for everyday tasks.
IT professionals are in high demand. From writing code to repairing entire computer systems, these experts are vital in maintaining network functionality and also leveraging technology to streamline business processes and increase efficiency.
Overall, all computer and information technology occupations are projected to increase by 13% between now and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
How can you break into this growing industry? Those wanting to pursue a career in IT and computer science can start by earning a BS in Computer Information Systems or a BA in Business Administration Computer Information Systems, as degrees in this discipline provide job candidates with in-depth knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions.
Review the following career opportunities listed below, along with salary and job outlook data from the BLS, for more information about entry-level jobs in IT and computer information systems.
Software developers are responsible for designing and developing computer programs as well as testing, evaluating and updating new software systems and applications. Software developers work to ensure software systems meet business goals across functional areas, including research and development, sales, marketing and more.
- Average annual salary (2016): $110,590
- Projected growth (2016 – 2026): 24%
Web developers design, build and maintain websites or web applications. Developers may have additional duties depending on the type of website clients or companies want. Examples include e-commerce, news and gaming sites, which would require different applications. Overall, web developers work with stakeholders to determine website layout, graphics, audio and video. Due to the variety of technical aspects of web development, there are specialized positions, including back end, front end and full stack developers.
- Average annual salary (2016): $72,150
- Projected growth (2016 – 2026): 15%
Computer Support Specialist
Computer support specialists, also called technical support specialists, play a vital role in the routine maintenance of an organization’s computer networks. Exact duties vary depending on industry, size of organization and roles. However, support specialists typically help computer users resolve problems and assist with installing software, repairing computer hardware and overseeing computer information systems.
- Average annual salary (2016): $67,770
- Projected growth (2016 – 2026): 11%
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts, also known as systems architects, analyze computer systems and procedures to help determine solutions needed to improve organizational efficiency. Analysts typically work with business leaders to determine what investments and infrastructure upgrades make financial sense and what new functionalities can be added to existing systems. Duties may also include selecting computer hardware and software, researching emerging technologies, and training users and creating manuals for changes to systems.
- Average annual salary (2016): $91,620
- Projected growth (2016 – 2016): 9%
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for day-to-day operations of systems or segments of a network system. While entry-level positions commonly oversee a segment of a system, administrators have the ability to advance and oversee entire systems.
Typical duties may also include assisting in network modeling analysis, planning and coordination between data, and network communications. They may also supervise computer user support specialists and other network support specialists.
- Average annual salary (2016): $84,500
- Projected growth (2016-2026): 6%
Salary potential and employment opportunities may vary depending on factors such as regional market conditions and candidate’s education and work experience.