Information Technology (IT)
Information Technology is one of the fastest-growing and widely applicable career choices in today’s job market. As an IT specialist you can become an integral part of a business team in a vast choice of industries. Every business relies, to some degree, on computers, software, hardware, and other computing technology. Its management and maintenance is critical to the health of business operations.
Job Outlook for Information Technology Professionals from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Demand for computer and information systems managers will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks. A rapid increase in demand for computer software will also increase the need for employees at all levels of management. Additional employment growth will likely result from the need to bolster cyber security in information technology (IT) departments.
More attention is being directed at cyber threats, a trend that is expected to increase over the next decade. A number of jobs in this occupation are expected to be created in the healthcare industry, which is aggressively implementing information technology. This industry is expected to increase IT use greatly, resulting in job growth. In general medical and surgical hospitals, employment of IT managers is projected to grow 42 percent.
An increase in cloud computing may shift some IT services from non-computer industries, such as financial firms or schools, to firms engaged in computer systems design and related services, resulting in a concentration of jobs in the latter industry. The reason is that firms will increasingly be outsourcing services from on-premise IT departments to cloud-computing companies.
A number of IT jobs are at risk of being sent to other countries with lower wages, dampening some employment growth. However, this risk may be reduced by a recent trend of firms moving jobs to lower cost regions of the United States instead of to other countries.
Are you a good fit for a career in Information Technology?
Successful professionals in this field have many of the following skills:
- Attention to detail – small mistakes in programming codes can affect the look or functionality of a website or program
- Commitment to learning – technology is constantly changing and professionals are required to stay current on advancements
- Analytic abilities – the majority of the tasks completed by IT professionals is troubleshooting and problem solving
- Math – many computer applications require math skills such as circuits or programming
- Memorization – efficient use of programming languages will require some memorization and ability to read codes written by others
- Communication – most of the people you will work with and/or for will not be technologically savvy and you’ll need the ability to translate
- Multi-tasking – tasks can pile up quickly and you will need good time management skills to turn over projects efficiently and effectively
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