Web designers develop and design web sites and web applications. These design professionals are needed in all industries from advertising, publishing, and film to technology and federal, state, and local government.
If you are interested in a career in networking or network and computer systems administration, you can expect an excellent job outlook for the 2008-2018 decade. Employment growth in this career field is expected to grow by 23 percent over the next eight years, which will add more than 80,000 new jobs to the networking job pool.
Database developers write and moderate databases. They also create management systems to make access to stored information smooth and efficient. Companies and organizations rely on database developers in all aspects of business including security.
IT support or “information technology” support careers are on the rise. For the 2008-2018 decade, the work force is expected to grow by 17%. This means the current work force will grow from 293,000 professionals to 342,500.
Internet security also “information security,” is one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation. This career field is expected to show a 20% increase in job growth for the 2008-2018 decade. In addition to job growth, Internet security graduates can expect higher salaries than the average.
A degree in computer science, computer information science, or management information systems (MIS) can prepare you for a career as a database administrator. Database administrators are responsible for coordinating changes to databases. These professionals test and implement databases, applying knowledge of database management systems.
Computer programming is the most precarious technology career. No other sector relies more heavily on offshore outsourcing.
Companies and manufacturing firms can hire a skilled computer programmer overseas for a fraction of the cost for a programmer in the U.S. In addition, users have discovered ways to write and implement their own programs, so the need to hire computer programming professionals will continue to decline through 2018. This decline will decrease the number of available positions by 3% before the industry is expected to stabilize.
Careers in information security are on the rise. The federal government reports a projected 20% increase in job growth between 2008-2018. As the demand for sophisticated computer programs and systems increases, the demand for information security will increase. In addition, these sophisticated systems have the ability to transmit and store personal data, confidential internal documents, and even government intelligence. This will also create a high demand for skilled information security personnel.
The computer information systems industry employs over 293,000 workers. The work force is expected to grow by 17% by 2018--meaning the industry will have nearly 50,000 job openings over the next eight years.
Technology management (the industry that employs computer and information systems managers) is expected to grow by 17% between 2008-2018. Nearly 300,000 professionals work in this sector of computer technology. This figure is expected to increase by nearly 50,000 in the coming years.