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Network and Computer Systems Administrators – Networking Programs

What Network and Computer Systems Administrators Do
Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks.

Work Environment
Network and computer systems administrators work with the physical computer networks of a variety of organizations and therefore are employed in many industries.

Pay
The median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $72,560 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be highest at firms that provide cloud computing technology.

Computer Support Specialists

What Computer Support Specialists Do
Computer support specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Some, called computer network support specialists, support information technology (IT) employees within their organization. Others, called computer user support specialists, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.

Work Environment
Most computer support specialists have full-time work schedules; however, many do not work typical 9-to-5 jobs. Because computer support is important for businesses, many support specialists must be available 24 hours a day.

Pay
In May 2012, the median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $59,090. The median annual wage for computer user support specialists was $46,420 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software.

Information Security Analysts

What Information Security Analysts Do
Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increase.

Work Environment
Most information security analysts work for computer companies, consulting firms, and business and financial companies.

Pay
The median annual wage for information security analysts was $86,170 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high as these analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks.

Graphic Designers

What Graphic Designers Do
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Work Environment
Many of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations, and related services industries. In 2012, about 24 percent of graphic designers were self-employed.

Pay
The median annual wage for graphic designers was $44,150 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions.

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

What Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Do
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

Work Environment
Although secretaries and administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are employed in schools, hospitals, governments, and legal and medical offices. Most work full time in office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.

Pay
The median annual wage for secretaries and administrative assistants was $35,330 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Those with a combination of work experience and computer skills should have the best job prospects.

Web Developers

What Web Developers Do
Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. They also may create content for the site.

Work Environment
About a quarter of web developers were self-employed in 2012. Non-self-employed developers work primarily in the computer systems design and related services industry.

Pay
The median annual wage for web developers was $62,500 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of web developers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce.

Popular job sites utilized to locate Information Technology (IT) Jobs:

Monster.com
Dice.com
Indeed.com
Glassdoor.com
Careerbuilder.com
Sandiego.craigslist.com

Contact Debbie if you have any questions or would like to schedule time to talk about how to best market your skills.

*The information provided above was taken from  the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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