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Choosing a career path is an important step for any student. You probably want an in-demand job that pays well, offers fulfillment, and creates room for growth. For many, a job in Information Technology checks all the boxes. Could an IT career be right for you? Learn more to help you decide.

IT Jobs are Growing Fast

Technology is constantly changing and expanding, and so is the demand for people with skills in this industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 11 percent IT job growth from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average growth for all occupations. In all, more than 500,000 new IT jobs will be added in the next decade as demand grows for cloud computing, big data collection, and information security.

IT Careers are Diverse

Don’t want to work for a global IT company? Don’t worry—IT experts are needed in every field, from insurance and banking to retail and healthcare. Here are just a few examples of IT jobs:

  • Computer Consultant
  • LAN or WAN Engineer
  • Database Programmer
  • Website or Mobile App Developer
  • IT Help Desk Technician
  • Health Information Technician
  • IT Security Specialist
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer

IT Jobs Have High Income Potential

According to BLS, the median annual wage for all IT occupations was just over $91,000 in 2020, much higher than the median annual wage for all occupations ($42,000). Of course, pay varies by IT job, the company you work for, and your experience level.

Who is a Good Fit for an IT Job?

You need the following skills to excel in the field of Information Technology:

  • Good spoken and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Patience and empathy
  • Ability to give clear directions
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Knowledge of diverse aspects of Information Technology

How to Start a Career in IT

The best way to acquire valuable and marketable IT skills is to complete an Information Technology degree. After all, most employers prefer to hire IT technicians who have formal education and training in their field. Here are the steps we recommend to start an IT career:

  • Complete your education from an institutionally accredited college.
  • Gain experience through an internship or externship.
  • Get certified in a specialized IT field.
  • Network with other IT professionals.
  • Find employment that matches your skillset and personality.

Start Down the Path to an IT Career

At ASA College, we proudly offer two IT-geared degrees—Computer Programming & Information Technology and Network Administration and Security. No matter which major you choose, you can expect to graduate feeling well prepared to enter your field. Our campus locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan are the perfect places to build the skills you need to enter a new and exciting career. To learn more about our IT programs, please call ASA College at 866-990-6148 or visit our website.

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