Technology jobs are found in every industry, organization and government agency. Technology professionals keep our computers operating, our printers printing and our databases operational. Technology professionals also work in auditing, accounting and many other departments outside of the information technology department within an organization. Technology jobs can be found in almost every city large or small; however, this is a competitive job market to enter.
Database administrators keep the computer databases that store important information on customers, clients and projects. These databases are found in nearly every industry. These databases hold all of the critical information concerning billing, orders, accounting, production, procurement and all other operational data. This data is essential in operating the business. Without this database it would be difficult to organize all of the information in a format that would allow for immediate recall. Database administrators are responsible for planning security measures and ensuring data integrity, backup and query protocol for easy recall of needed data. Database administrators make an average salary of $72,000, according to Indeed.com. These positions generally require a bachelor’s degree in information technology or computer science.
Network engineers are information technology professionals who design computer networks. The engineer is also responsible for implementing updates, troubleshooting computer networks and fixing problems when they occur. The engineer is responsible for keeping the network operating and accessible to the organization's workforce. The engineer usually works on high-end issues concerning network architecture, design and implementation. The engineer is also responsible for choosing all of the proper equipment to be used on the network. The average network engineer earns an annual salary of $70,000, according to Indeed.com. These jobs generally require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology with a corresponding certification in the type of network that will be utilized.
System administrators work in support roles generally supporting the network engineer. The responsibilities and duties of the administrator are numerous. The administrator is generally in charge of supporting and maintaining the company servers. The server holds all of the company data. All desktop systems access the server to retrieve the information and applications used in each individual job. The administrator is charged with handling and planning for system outages and data back-up procedures. They are the daily operational computer expert. This is the person in charge of password protocol and basic user-level security issues. System administrators earn an average annual salary of $75,000 per year, according to Indeed.com. This opportunity generally requires a bachelor’s degree in information technology combined with a certification in the type of servers that are used by the organization like UNIX, Windows or SQL.
Software engineers are technology professionals who design, develop and test computer software that makes computers or anything containing software work. Software engineers make all sorts of software from accounting software, medical software, video games and software that is used in aircrafts and airports. All software, regardless of its intended use or type, was created by a software engineer. The average software engineer salary is $87,000, according to Indeed.com. These jobs require a bachelor’s or master's degree in computer science. The master’s degree is preferred by most organizations.
Information Technology (IT) Analyst
IT analysts work in a cooperative relationship between the operating units of an organization and the IT department. The analyst is responsible for downloading, installing and analyzing new software and hardware for all end users. They perform routine testing of system security protocols and functionality. The analyst is present after large system implementations or installations to assist end users with any technical questions or operational problems. They collect, complete and organize all of the necessary paperwork for end user access, updates and security-related issues. IT analysts make an average annual salary of $75,000 per year, according to Indeed.com. These jobs require a bachelor’s degree in business, information technology or any other academic area as long as the basic IT class requirements have been met. These jobs generally require a minimum of IT related course work.