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Information technology professionals, sometimes called IT professionals, oversee various aspects of computer systems and networks for businesses and other organizations. Information technology jobs usually require at least a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related subject. The IT professional salary depends on a number of factors, including job title, employer, geographic location, education and experience. With an information technology degree, salary is usually based on full-time employment and exempt status. The information technology salary per hour averages $18.90 but, like annual salary, varies according to a number of factors.
Computer Network Architects
Computer network architects build the local area networks and intranets that enables workers in companies and businesses to easily communicate with one another, whether they are in the same building or half way across the world from each other. Network architects usually have a bachelor's degree in computer science or closely related field, along with several years of experience as network administrators. As of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that computer network architects earned an average of $104,650 a year. Job growth for computer network architects is expected to be 6 percent through 2026, average growth when compared to all other occupations.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Network and computer systems administrators monitor and maintain computer networks once they've been built. For instance, they install hardware and software and upgrade it periodically as needed. They also fix problems that arise with software or network connections. According to the BLS, network and computer systems administrators earned a median salary of $81,100 per year. Six percent growth in opportunities is expected in this occupation through 2026.
Web developers are IT professionals who create and maintain websites. Both programming and graphic design skills are necessary. Web developers who program websites are sometimes called Web architects, while those who create a website's overall appearance are called Web designers. IT professionals who maintain websites for businesses and organizations are called webmasters. The field is growing rapidly, and a college degree is not necessarily required. Web developers work in a wide range of industries, earning a median salary of $67,990 per year as of 2017.
Database administrators organize and store information that businesses and organizations rely on to function properly. They also work to ensure that those who need to access certain pieces of information can, and that those who shouldn't have access cannot. Most database administrators are employed full time, earning a median salary of $87,020 per year as of 2017. Job growth is estimated at 11 percent, which is faster than average.
Information Security Analysts
Information security analysts are in one of the fastest-growing subfields within the computer industry, with an estimated job growth rate of 28 percent through 2026. Most positions require a bachelor's degree and experience information security. Analysts are responsible for protecting computer systems and networks from cyber attacks and viruses. They do so by installing special software and protective firewalls. They also monitor computer systems and investigate security breaches when they do occur. As of 2017, the BLS reports information security analysts earned an average of $95,510 per year.
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Computer Network Architects
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Web Developers
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Database Administrators
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Information Security Analysts
- PayScale: Information Technology Specialist
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