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Career Facts

What They Do

A career in Computer Information Technologies can take many directions.

Computer Support Specialist fixes computers and helps people learn to use them. These specialists are software experts and are always learning the newest software packages.

A Computer Programmer writes the software that people use in their jobs. Programmers often design this software and the user manuals with help from the people who will use it. They sometimes work in teams when there is a large project.

A Network Administrator designs and sets up computer networks for businesses, and keeps it working. The Internet is also a network and requires the skills of a Network specialist, such as a Web Master. A Web Master can also be responsible for the maintenance of a Web Server, which stores the web pages.

Who Would Enjoy It

Before you decide this is the right field for you, ask yourself these questions:

Can I read and write well?
Can I communicate well using both verbal and written communications?
Can I think logically?
Do I pay attention to detail?
Can I type?
Do I have an aptitude for math?
Am I willing to work odd hours?
Do I like to solve problems?

Answering "yes" to most of these questions is essential for a computer professional and for a successful academic career in computer information Technologies.

What They Earn

Salaries can range from $17,000 to $70,000 per year, with an average salary of $30,000 to $40,000 per year.

How Many Jobs Available

According to the US. Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment growth rate ranges from "faster than average" to "much faster than average" for database administrators; network and computer systems administrators, and computer systems analysts.

Growth in computer support specialists is expected to be "about as fast as the average".

How Much Schooling, Training, or Skill Development

An Associate degree in the Computer Information Technologies area is the minimum level training preferred by most employers. However, depending on one's work experience, a Bachelor's degree is usually preferred.

Related Occupations

Computer Graphics and Design, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, Computer Repair, and Electronics Technologies.

Computer Information Technologies

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