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Is Information Technology a Good Career?

For the answer to the question “Is Information Technology a Good Career”, let’s get in the Delorean, make sure the flux capacitor is operational, and set the time circuits to February 4, 2009.

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This moment was in the eye of the recession storm when the unemployment rate had risen to 8.1 percent on its way to 9.6 percent in 2010.

On that date, InfoWorld wrote this: “In the current tough U.S. job market, a tech career is one of the safest ones to have.”  It goes on to say, “The reality is there’s still a very healthy job sector in information technology”.  Positions such as Computer Support Specialists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, and Database Administrators maintained unemployment rates as low as a third of the overall national unemployment rate.

As the country pulled out of the recession, the Information Technology sector showed remarkable signs of health.  During this same period, the industry started placing more emphasis on certifications over a degree.  A survey by industry trade organization CompTIA confirms this, stating “94 percent of employers believe IT certifications play a key role in the hiring process and that IT certifications are a reliable predictor of a successful employee”.

Information Technology Computer Support SpecialistWhile overall IT income has risen over the past few years, projections from the U.S. Department of Labor further validated the stability.  The average 2014 wage in the tech industry was more than double the private sector wage.  Employment in all computer occupations is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2022.  While many occupations have remained stagnant, onetline.org reported 2014 salaries that included $82,710 for Computer Systems Analysts and $88,890 for Information Security Analysts.

The cybersecurity field is expected to accelerate the growth even more rapidly over the coming years.  CompTIA reports 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs today, with as many as 1.5 million expected by 2020.  The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 makes it easier for private companies to share cyber threat information with each other and the Government.  Just this month, Carolina Career College Worldwide joined a consortium including Logical Operations, CompTIA, and the National Cyber Security Alliance to partner with the White House to further strengthen and build the nation’s cybersecurity defenses.

With this rising sector and the growth rate compared to other industries, the answer to the question, “Is Information Technology a Good Career?” is a resounding yes.

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