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Which IT Career is Right for You?

Debra Hayes
By Debra Hayes - Jan 11, 2018 6:18:40 AM

The IT sector is booming with jobs, and you're thinking about pursuing a career in the field. You're thinking along the right lines...  

Just a few months ago, it was reported that there are more than 600,0000 vacancies in the IT sector in USA alone.

With so many jobs currently available, and more predicted to open up in the coming years, pursuing a career in IT may just be the best decision you will ever make.

However, information technology has multiple subsectors, so you need to make sure you choose something that’s closer to your heart and your natural tendencies. In this blog post, we will discuss two high paying IT careers for beginners and their pre-requisites.

But before we dive into the details, let's see what the United States Department of Labor has to say about the IT employment outlook.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, "employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 546,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $82,860 in May 2016, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040."

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Information Systems Engineer

Average Salary: $79,000 per year

Pre-requisites: Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems Engineering

Job Outlook

Currently, there are more than 72,000 job openings for information systems engineers on indeed.com, and 25,000 of those jobs were posted recently.

Responsibilities

Information systems engineers wear multiple hats at the organizations they work for. They are responsible for designing computer systems, implementing them, and maintaining them. In short, any type of data related activities, right from the time of data creation to collecting it, processing it, storing it, presenting it, and deriving results from it – all fall within their domain. Since they are responsible for the system being used at the organization, information security also becomes their responsibility. As such, having a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification along with the degree may also work to their benefit.

Useful Personality Traits

If you are interested in this profession, you should have the following traits:

  1. The ability to solve problems
  2. A thorough understanding of how business works and how technology aids it
  3. Able to talk tech to other IT professionals and English to non-IT professionals
  4. A stickler for IT best practices

Who Should Do It

If you are thinking about becoming an Information Systems Engineer, you should work on developing a number of qualities. You can acquire the technical skills by studying for it and getting the degree, but you will also need to work on your people skills.

An information systems engineer needs to be a team player as well as an outstanding individual contributor. The person has to work with a number of people from different departments, so their communication skills need to be on-point.

That, along with the ability to understand how data works and how and why it needs to be protected, will go a long way in making you great at your job.

Experienced information systems analysts can pivot into cyber security and make upwards of $150,000 per year.

Web Developer

Average Salary: $73,000 per year (this is for junior web developers)

Pre-requisites: A degree in computer science, and / or a web development certification from an IT training organization.

Job Outlook

Currently, there are more than 41,000 job openings for web developers on Indeed.com, and 16,000 of those jobs were posted recently. You can also work as a freelance web developer and pursue it as a full time career without committing to a nine to five job.

Responsibilities

Web developers are responsible for making websites and web based programs.

Useful Personality Traits

If you are interested in this profession, you should have the following traits:

  1. Able to work with existing frameworks
  2. A perfectionist
  3. Have a lot of patience since you will be testing and working on the same thing again and again until perfection is achieved
  4. Able to work with tight deadlines
  5. Have lightning quick turnaround time

Who Should Do It

A web developer needs to be great at programming and should be able to work with multiple programming languages such as html5, css3, PHP, javascript, python, and more.

They need to be able to think in code, so having great mathematical and analytics skills can prove to be a plus. In most cases, web developers work with web designers to bring their designs to life. However, web developers should have a good eye for design as well. So you have to be left brained but creative at the same time, which can prove to be challenging.

That being said, if you are about to finish school, have a good understanding of basic programming languages, and want to make a career of making websites, you should consider web development.

Still wondering about your options? ABTU’s Certificate in Information Technology can expose you to the world of opportunities that await you in the fast-growing and exciting field of IT.

Author

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Ehtisham Hussain – Content Marketing and PR Communications Manager, QuickStart

Ehtisham is a writer, editor, and digital marketing professional working in the IT training industry. Passionate about how IT Training is delivered, consumed, and implemented, he serves as a content strategist for QuickStart, a Cognitive Learning Marketplace place serving the IT Community with core objective in delivering high impact personalized learning.