5 IT Careers in Serious Demand

The information technology field is robust with careers options as technology continues to be a focal point for businesses around the globe.  The demand for information technology professionals is at an all-time high.  In fact, the current number of technology job vacancies far outweighs the number of qualified candidates.  Yes, you heard that right, there are more open positions than there are IT professionals to fill them.  As an IT professional myself, this is wonderful news!!

Unlike some industries where you are limited to maybe only a couple different career paths you can take, the amount of IT careers or like your grandparents might say “Computer Careers” available to you is extensive!  And not only is the list of available career paths extensive but the pay in most IT careers is well above average when compared to other industries.   Couple that with being on the cutting edge of some of the latest technologies and working with some of the largest companies in the world and a career in information technology sounds quite appealing!  Now don’t get me wrong, a career in IT is not all peaches and cream.  A lot like other jobs or careers, there are also some cons to IT careers.  Long hours and stressful situations commonly arise in a lot of technology jobs.  As you become stronger and stronger in your  role, you’ll be able to handle this situations much easier.

In the following article, I’ll list what I consider 5 of the top IT careers available to pursue and also provide some background information to hopefully get you started on an information technology career path.  No particular order here.  Enjoy!

Computer Programmer

A computer programmer creates the code for software applications and operating systems.  The programmer actually writes code that converts the program design into a set of instructions a computer can follow.  There are numerous programming languages one can learn including Java, C++, and Ruby on the Rails just to name a few. The number one skill to have if you are looking to start a career in programming is very strong problem solving skills.  Programmers are always running into problems with the code and you have to be able to solve them in a timely manner if you want to succeed.  With that being said, in my opinion, if you can learn to code and become proficient, you will never have to worry about job security. If you go to any job posting site right now, you will see a plethora of programming jobs available.  Computer programmers are seriously in high demand!  Median salary:  $76,000.

Network Administrator

The role of a network administrator can be summed up in four phases. Designing the network, setting up the network, maintaining the network and expanding the network.  Some of the technical skills required for this type of position include knowledge of operating systems, system and network configuration, DNS, and firewalls.  An A+ and Network+ certification is a great starting point if you’re looking to start a career as a network administrator.  This is another one of the many IT careers that are experiencing tremendous growth (28% growth from 2010 to 2020).  Median salary:  $72,500.

Systems Analyst

A systems analyst uses computers and other systems to design new information technology solutions, modify, improve or adapt existing systems and integrate new features or enhancements all with the aim of improving business efficiency and productivity.  This position requires a high level of both technical and business expertise. Some technical skills one may need to succeed in this type of role include software system design, software development, and strong database skills.  This is typically not an entry level position.  Systems analysts will generally need to have a few years’ experience before moving into this area. Ideally, they would have spent a couple of years cutting their teeth in a programming position to better equip themselves for the job.  Median salary:  $81,000.

Database Administrator

Database administrators design, write, and maintain computer database systems so that the appropriate person can get the correct information when needed. They work within the database software to find ways to store, organize and manage data. They identify user needs, set up computer databases and test systems ensuring that they perform as they should. Data integrity, backup, security and troubleshooting are crucial parts of the database administrator’s job.  To succeed in this position, one must possess expert database knowledge in Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server or one of the other database systems.  In addition, a high level of attention to details is required.  You may be working with thousands and thousands of records on a daily basis and one tiny error on your end could lead to a massive error for the business! Also, it’s beneficial to have strong troubleshooting skills as well to support the team during production issues. This is also not an entry level position typically but there are some junior positions available.  Median salary:  $69,000.

Web Developer

A web developer is responsible for using a software language and other tools to develop web applications.  The web developer will take a static design and turn it into a fully functional website.  Coding knowledge is an absolute MUST to succeed in this role.  Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Javascript on the client side and Java, Ruby, and C on the server side will be expected in order to perform the job functions.  Database knowledge is also helpful.  A web developer is pretty much a jack of all trades within the IT space.  And like all of the other computer careers we’ve outlined above, web developers are and will continue to be in high demand.  The internet is not going anywhere anytime soon!  The opportunities are endless for web developers!  Median salary:  $63,000.

Hopefully, this article provided you with a strong starting point in your pursuit of an IT career.  Remember, we only discussed a handful of IT careers today.  There are many other IT careers out there which may fit your skill set better.  Information technology will continue to be a defining factor in how businesses are run in today’s technology age.  Good luck on your journey!

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