by Kathy Kirchoff
Do you like math, science, and technology? Do you like to analyze problems and find solutions, learn new things, train others, and work on a team? Information technology (IT) careers require a strong background and ability in these areas. Assessments can help you see if an IT career would be a good fit for you.
The amount of training required for IT careers varies from a two-year certification, diploma, or associate degree to a four-year bachelor’s degree, all the way up to a master’s degree. It all depends on what area of IT you choose and how much education you want to pursue. There are many schools that offer IT programs, including computer engineering, networking, programming, forensics, support services, database, Internet, security, management, and web development. The IT field can be a great choice for your first career or a new direction for your future.
IT is a fast-growing field, and employment is expected to grow 13.5 percent in the next 10 years. IT offers hot jobs in every industry in companies of all sizes, and your skills can be applied across and transferred between many industries. The ability to work remotely and connect with people around the world also makes IT a good choice if you want to work from home or be self-employed.
The career outlook for highly-skilled IT professionals is good. Employers need people with a mixed skilled set of IT, business, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work well on teams. Employers are looking for candidates with a background in new technologies and the know-how to use their skills to help their companies thrive.
Careers in the IT field also pay well, with a median hourly wage of $35.42. That’s over twice as much as the median statewide salary for all careers! You will also have the satisfaction that you are doing important work. For more information on this promising career, visit ISEEK’s new Minnesota IT Careers website.