There are currently about 4 million jobs in IT, and the sector is expected to generate an additional 488,500 jobs through 2024, driven by demand for computer and network security, cloud and mobile technology, big data, and Internet-connected devices such as household appliances.4 This is a 12 percent increase in employment, compared to 7 percent for all occupations.5 Demand for cybersecurity professionals will be particularly strong.
Moreover, IT is one of the best-paying Career Clusters® for those with middle-level skills. IT employees average earnings of more than $82,000 per year, compared to the overall U.S. median wage of about $37,000.
By 2018, the majority of jobs in IT will require some postsecondary education, and IT programs often provide students with opportunities to earn valuable industry certifications in addition to academic credentials.9 Occupations in IT require academic, technical and employability skills and are found in a broad range of industries, including health care, finance and media. In addition, there are many non-technical occupations within the sector. Forty-one percent of U.S. tech firms are actively seeking to fill positions, but face challenges finding workers with the right skills.10 The following reflect just a few of the jobs available in IT:
• information systems managers
• network support technicians
• computer programmers
• software developers
• database administrators
• computer support specialists
• information security analysts
• web developers
Source: Association for Career and Technical Education