If you graduated with your degree in Information Technology (IT) and are ready to find a job, you are in luck. As companies digitize and automate different processes, there is a greater need for skilled IT workers and information technology jobs are expected to grow 13 percent over the next decade, higher than any other industry.
As IT encompasses a broad range of job roles, you can take your career in a number of different directions. Virtually every industry needs IT professionals. When you consider your career options, you may want to consider the IT jobs identified in Robert Half’s Technology 2018 Salary Guide as the jobs expected to be in high demand in 2018. The salaries listed are based on midpoint of starting salaries as noted by Robert Half Technology.
Business Intelligence Analyst
In this position, you’ll analyze competitive market strategies by studying related product and market trends. Synthesize current business intelligence or trend data to support recommendations of businesses and manage timely flow of business intelligence information to users. Collect business intelligence data from available industry reports, public information, field reports, or purchased sources.
Data Scientist / Information Research Scientist
Average salary (nationwide): $111,840
Analyze problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software. Assign or schedule tasks to meet work priorities and goals and evaluate project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues. Apply theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses. Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.
Test programs or databases, correct errors and make necessary modifications. Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure. Modify existing databases and database management systems. Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database. Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.
Help/Support Desk Technician
Salary: $38,000 (Tier 1); $45,000 (Tier 2); $57,500 (Tier 3)
Answer user inquiries and troubleshoot computer software or hardware operations issues. Investigate and resolve problems or to provide technical assistance and support. Develop training materials and procedures or train users in the proper use of hardware or software.
Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software and all configurations. Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations. Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary. Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software. Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use.
Data Security Administrator / Information Security Analyst
Median Salary: $117,500
Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers. Safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs. Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.
Install operating system software, patches and upgrades. Analyze, troubleshoot and resolve system hardware, software and networking issues. Configure, optimize, fine-tuning and monitor operating system software and servers. Perform system backups and recovery.
There are a lot of ways an IT degree can help you in your future career. These are just a few career options to consider on your quest. Be sure to update your resume, gain further skills, and stay up-to-date with new technology and information.