The information technology industry is projected to create about 4.4 million jobs by 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Career opportunities are expected to grow as companies across all industries continue to leverage technology to streamline organizational processes and create new products.
Technology is improving market research, product development and marketing campaigns, and enhancing internal processes such as training and development of new employees. In the consumer world, technology is the driving force behind new products that are making our daily tasks easier, faster and more seamless to complete.
- In 2009, Google launched a self-driving car project with the goal to build an autonomous vehicle by 2020. Today, automakers such as Tesla and Ford are following suit.
- Retailers are using technology to power e-commerce through mobile payments, smart phone apps and customized advertising with geolocation technology.
- Banks are implementing security and privacy measures to protect personal information while enhancing the mobile banking experience for customers.
- Consumer electronics are becoming even more advanced. You can soon order and pay for groceries by telling your smart fridge what you need.
The future of business relies on technology and technology professionals who can fuel innovation by developing, maintaining and improving the use and implementation of IT.
Earning a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in computer information systems can provide you with the necessary knowledge to pursue a career in this field. With a job growth rate of 12% through 2024, computer and information technology jobs are outpacing the average for all occupations, the BLS reports. Those who pursue a career in IT have a higher salary potential than other career paths. According to the BLS, the median annual wage was $82,860 in May 2016, as compared to $37,040, the median annual wage for all occupations.
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts combine information technology skills with business knowledge to ensure computer systems – the hardware, software and networks – work efficiently. This includes researching, analyzing and testing computer systems, making recommendations for technology upgrades, and overseeing the implementation of new systems. U.S. News and World Report ranked computer systems analyst as No. 1 in Best Technology Jobs and No. 8 in The 100 Best Jobs of 2017. In terms of career prospects, computer systems analyst positions are projected to grow by 21% through 2024, according to BLS. The median pay in 2016 was $87,220, the BLS reports.
Software developers are responsible for many of the technologies we use every day. They design and build programs for computers, servers and mobile devices. Many apps you use every day, such as alarm clocks and calendars, were designed by software developers. Developers merge creativity with IT skills and business needs to create computer systems and applications. Software developers are rated No. 2 in Best Technology Jobs and No. 13 in The 100 Best Jobs in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 rankings. According to the BLS, software developer careers are projected to grow by 17% through 2024; the 2016 median salary was $102,280. Careers exist within all industries, but are becoming more prominent in companies that are moving into mobile technology and health IT, according to the BLS.
Web developers design, build and maintain websites that appeal to a client’s intended audience. Developers combine IT, creativity and client requests to create websites that may include animation, music, videos, gaming and more. U.S. News and World Report ranked web developers as No. 4 in Best Technology Jobs and No. 31 in The 100 Best Jobs list for 2017. According to the BLS, careers in web development are expected to grow by 27% through 2024. The 2016 median salary was $66,130, the BLS reports.
Database administrators specialize in storing, managing, protecting and distributing electronic information. Also known as DBAs, they typically oversee performance issues and system errors, and work with other IT professionals to make sure data is secure and accessible. Database administrators are ranked No. 6 in Best Technology Jobs and No. 41 in The 100 Best Jobs list for 2017 by U.S. News and World Report. Database administrator careers are projected to grow by 11% through 2024, and the 2016 median salary was $84,950, according to the BLS.
Information Security Analyst
Information security analysts implement, monitor and test security measures to protect computer systems, networks and data. They are also responsible for preventing data loss and service interruptions by researching new technologies, recommending security enhancements and training staff on network and information security procedures. The demand for information security analysts is expected to rise as cyber attacks continue around the world, as the BLS projects 18% job growth through 2024. The 2016 median salary was $92,600, the BLS reports. Information security analysists are ranked No. 7 in Best Technology Jobs and No. 52 in the 2017 The 100 Best Jobs list by U.S. News and World Report.
Other Careers in Computer Science and IT
Information technology professionals can pursue a variety of career opportunities such as systems administrators and programmers, as well as computer and information systems managers in the financial services, healthcare, automotive and telecommunications sectors. Other professionals with a computer science background have pursued careers in Internet marketing or technical writing. A candidate’s educational attainment, professional experience and regional market conditions may affect salary potential and job opportunities.