Information Technology Careers Awareness Month – December 2021

December is Information Technology Careers Awareness Month at the Imagine America Foundation, and we look forward to sharing valuable information about information technology and computer science trends—and how interested students can get the training they need to succeed in the field.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects growth for many computer science and information technology professions, and they show that many roles earn higher-than-average salaries.

“The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950,” the BLS writes.

Computer support specialists, for instance, earned a median salary of more than $55,000 in 2020, while computer programmers earned nearly $90,000 in the same year. In the meantime, jobs for software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers are expected to grow by 22%, which is must faster than the average for all occupations.

All in all? If you’re thinking about a computer science or IT career, now could be the perfect time to get started.

Imagine America Radio is excited to present three episodes with some of our most trusted school partners, sharing important insights into the world of IT and computer science careers with our community of high school counselors, workforce development boards, VA offices, parents, and students.

Stay tuned to learn more about information technology and computer science trends, training, and careers.

The Future of Computer Science Careers

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What exactly are we talking about when we talk about computer science? It’s a broad field encompassing many different career paths, including web application development, backend database creation, server administration, and security infrastructure.

These skilled professionals help keep a variety of industries running smoothly and effectively, making sure the technology that organizations and individuals rely on at work, at home, and anywhere they might go doesn’t falter when it’s most important.

We wanted to talk to our friends at Neumont College of Computer Science about the current and projected demand for computer science careers, what students can expect from a hands-on career training program, and how to stay competitive in an ever-changing industry.

The Future of Information Technology Careers

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Like computer science, the information technology industry includes a wide range of roles—and that means it needs a wide range of skilled professionals to fill those jobs.

For students who are passionate about technology, looking for a career path that includes life-long learning, and interested in problem-solving and creating solutions to complex problems, the IT field could be the perfect place to land.

 

But what sorts of jobs might you expect in information technology, and what might the future hold for this constantly evolving industry? We talked to one of our partner schools, Berkeley College, to find out what prospective students should know about the future of IT careers.

The Future of Software Development Careers

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If you’ve ever done, well, just about anything on a computer or mobile device, you’ve benefited from the skill and handiwork of a software developer.

Software developers help design, develop, build, and troubleshoot software applications to help meet the needs of users—whether that’s an individual playing a game, a team communicate on a project, or a global organization manage big data.

And as we continue to rely on software for so many aspects of our lives, software development is a growing field. To learn more about what developers do and how students can get the hands-on training they need to support software needs, we talked to Rasmussen University—one of our trusted member schools—about the future of software development careers.

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