Information technology (IT) is a constantly changing field that covers every aspect of information management and processing, including implementing and maintaining numerous related technologies. IT professionals design, develop, support, and manage computer hardware and software, information networks, and the internet.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national growth rate for computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
Again the BLS reports good news. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020, which was higher than the $41,950 median annual wage for all occupations. At the top end, information security analysts bring home a median salary of more than $103,000 a year, or nearly $50 an hour.
CIO, an IT-focused magazine, reports that companies are scrambling to adapt to a tight IT job market. The most in-demand occupations include security professionals, cloud architects, database administrators, mobile app developers, programmer analysts, and software developers. The median salary for all these roles exceeds $100,000 a year.
Cisco reported that annual global web traffic surpassed one zettabyte (ZB) in 2015—one zetabyte is roughly a trillion gigabytes (or one sextillion measly megabytes). By 2025, that total is expected to reach 175 ZB. Weird fact: Downloading 175 ZB would take nearly 2 billion years at current average download speeds. About 50 billion devices are connected to the internet; the global Internet community claims around 4.6 billion people.
According to Oracle, big data contains greater variety arriving in increasing volumes with more velocity. The call for big data solutions creates amazing career opportunities. The top seven big data jobs are data scientist, data engineer, data analyst, security engineer, database manager, data architect, and technical recruiter. The national shortage of professionals with data science skills tops 150,000.
The world will be shelling out $6 trillion in losses by 2022 thanks to the devilry of cybercriminals. That means the demand for first-class cybersecurity experts is climbing off the charts. Approximately, 3.5 million cybersecurity positions are currently unfilled worldwide—that shortage translates into a zero percent unemployment rate. Average annual salary: $90,000.
The mounting demand for IT professionals spans innumerable businesses, companies, organizations, factories, plants, institutions, and agencies across the public and private sector. You can bring your IT skill set to the world of work that best suits your interests and preferred locale.
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Janco Associates, a management consulting firm, reports that the IT occupational situation in the U.S. has more unfilled positions than candidates. That talent shortfall increases pressure on companies to boost salaries. The U.S. is currently home to more than 3.7 million IT professionals on the job.