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Are you comfortable around computers? If you like working with computers and other technology, this career sector could be for you. Information technology careers involve the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. No other career sector offers as much diversity as information technology. You can take the skills learned in these pathways and apply them to any sector of our economy. With organizations continually integrating sophisticated technology into their companies, the employment opportunities for technology support specialists is expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations.

Career Pathways

Mastery of information technologies is an essential part of nearly all successful business organizations today. People who have experience in information support services are constantly in high demand for a variety of positions. Students in this pathway prepare for careers that involve the implementation of computer services and software, provision of technical assistance, creation of technical documentation, and management of information systems.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Word Processing Operators
  • Technical Writers
  • Software Engineers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Database Administrators
  • Business Teachers
  • Information System Architects

Organizations of all types and sizes use digital media to communicate with existing and potential customers. Students in the Media Support and Services Pathway prepare for careers that involve creating, designing, and producing multimedia products and services. These services may include e-business web sites or computer enhanced visual media.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Web Page Developers
  • Computer Operators
  • Computer Graphic Artists
  • Web Architects
  • Webmasters
  • Multimedia Producers
  • Corporate Communication Managers
  • Graphic Designers

The successful establishment and maintenance of an information technology infrastructure is critical to the success of 21st Century businesses and organizations. In the Network Communications Pathway, students learn skills and techniques for network analysis, planning, design, implementation, maintenance, and management of network systems. As network administrators, they are often responsible for making recommendations regarding hardware and software issues. Network communication skills will qualify students for careers in most areas of business.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Software/Hardware Installers
  • Network System Analysts
  • Computer Security Specialists
  • Network System Assistants
  • Telecommunications Specialists
  • Network Administrators
  • Network Engineers
  • Data Communications Specialists

Students in the Programming and Systems Development Pathway prepare for careers that involve the design, development, and implementation of computer systems and software. Students learn different operating systems, programming language, and software development. Having expertise in these areas opens doors to careers working with cutting-edge technology and developing products for businesses and consumers.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Programmers/Software Technicians
  • Operating System Designers
  • Software Architects
  • Software Applications Support
  • Computer Software/Hardware Engineers

Labor Market Information

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Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Business teachers Post secondary
4,300 5,500 27.9% $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Computer hardware engineers
21,400 23,700 10.7% $52.32 $2,092.80 $8,789.76 $105,477.00
Computer Operators
12,600 9,600 -23.8% $19.37 $774.80 $3,254.16 $39,049.90
Computer Programmers
36,900 35,700 -3.3% $39.10 $1,564.00 $6,568.80 $78,825.60
Computer Science Teachers, Post Secondary
2,800 3,600 28.6% $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Computer Software Engineer
52,100 66,800 28.2% $49.41 $1,976.40 $8,300.88 $99,610.60
Computer Specialists, Other
32,600 39,400 20.9% $37.69 $1,507.60 $6,331.92 $75,983.00
Computer Support Specialist
61,100 71,600 17.2% $24.84 $993.60 $4,173.12 $50,077.40
Computer Systems Analysts
53,900 69,100 28.2% $39.02 $1,560.80 $6,555.36 $78,664.30
Data Entry Keyers
37,100 36,500 -1.6% $13.89 $555.60 $2,333.52 $28,002.20
Database Administrators
11,400 14,900 30.7% $37.07 $1,482.80 $6,227.76 $74,733.10
Desktop Publishers
2,900 2,900 0.0% $19.87 $794.80 $3,338.16 $40,057.90
Executive secretaries
223,800 262,200 17.2% $21.95 $878.00 $3,687.60 $44,251.20
Graphic Designers
36,700 41,800 13.9% $25.99 $1,039.60 $4,366.32 $52,395.80
Multi Media Artists & Animators
27,900 36,800 31.9% $38.98 $1,559.20 $6,548.64 $78,583.70
Network & Computer Systems Administrators
32,400 42,200 30.2% $37.67 $1,506.80 $6,328.56 $75,942.70
Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts
28,900 45,900 58.8% $37.23 $1,489.20 $6,254.64 $75,055.70
Office Support Supervisors
187,500 200,400 6.9% $25.23 $1,009.20 $4,238.64 $50,863.70
Operations Research Analysts
6,200 6,600 6.5% $36.44 $1,457.60 $6,121.92 $73,463.00
Technical writers
7,200 8,600 19.4% $37.20 $1,488.00 $6,249.60 $74,995.20
Word Processing Operators
26,500 24,300 -8.3% $17.66 $706.40 $2,966.88 $35,602.60