It sounds like a very '90s thing to suggest that many of the best jobs are in computers. The turn-of-the-century dot-com boom and bust clearly illustrated that just because you have a handle on technology doesn't mean you have a guaranteed place in the global economy. But the truth is that the world becomes increasingly digital all the time, and those who've acquired the right skills in the technology sector can probably expect a reasonable measure of job security.
Positive Job Outlook for IT Professionals
The BLS predicts 18% employment growth among all computer occupations from 2012-2022, which is faster than the national average of 11% for all career fields. Why? Businesses around the world continue to upgrade their technology as better alternatives get released. It's the job of IT personnel to stay on top of the latest technological developments and help their employers implement them.
Leading the pack in computer-based job opportunities for the next decade is information security analysis, with projected employment growth of 37%, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These professionals ensure the security of organizations' data and install vital security measures, like firewalls. They may also monitor organizational networks for potential security threats.
Solid Earning Potential
As of May 2012, the BLS reported the average annual salary among all computer occupations was $80,020. That's nearly double the average among all U.S. occupations in general, which was $45,790 during that time. According to the BLS, the highest-paid professionals with computer-related occupations were computer and information research scientists, with average salaries of $103,670. Software developers of systems software had similarly high average earnings, at $102,550 per year. The average salary among information security analysts was $89,290 in May 2012.
In May 2012, California, Texas, New York, Virginia and Florida were the top-employing states for all computer and mathematical occupations, while Virginia, California and Washington, DC, paid their workers the most. As far as specific metropolitan areas, Washington, DC, had the most employment in the profession per thousand workers, and the highest-paying metropolitan area was in and around San Jose, averaging $108,610 per worker.
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