Computer Careers

Computer careers include information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) positions such as computer programmers, software developers, web developers, database administrators, network administrators, and computer support specialists.

Computer occupations are projected to grow by an average 12.9% through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They are in the top 25% of growth industry opportunities, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Occupational Growth

By occupation, the following growth rates are anticipated:

Occupation Projected Growth
Computer User Support Specialists 12.8%
Computer Network Support Specialists 7.5%
Database Administrators 11.5%
Network Administrators 6.1%
Software Developers 30.5%
Web Developers 13.1%

Source: http://www.bls.gov

Entry-Level Positions

Most computer careers require a bachelor's degree. Entry-level positions requiring an associate's degree and 0-2 years of experience include:

Job Title Base Salary Range
Administrative Assistant $29,000 - $45,000
Help Desk Support $36,000 - $58,000
LAN Support $38,000 - $68,000
PC Maintenance Technician $31,000 - $49,000

Source: http://swz.salary.com