A degree in information technology management can prepare you for several careers. You could become a computer and information systems manager, a network and computer system administrator, or an IT project manager. This article delineates the outlook for these occupations.
Those who earn degrees in information technology learn about operating systems and general computer science concepts. These programs cover multimedia technologies, database management and web administration. IT professionals can obtain certifications in different pieces of software, such as Windows and Unix, to improve employment opportunities.
|Career||Computer and Information Systems Manager||Network and Computer System Administrator|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Other Requirements||Industry experience may be required||Certifications offered|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)*||15%||8%|
|Median Salary 2015*||$131,600||$77,810|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Students who earn their bachelor's degree in information technology management may take positions in the public or private sectors, overseeing teams of varying sizes. All of the jobs described below require a deep knowledge of computer systems and an ability to communicate solutions clearly to others.
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Project managers in the IT field direct the implementation and planning of information technology projects, such as the expansion and updating of database systems, the installation of new company-wide platforms and, increasingly, the upgrading of information security technologies. Project managers work with vendors, other management personnel, contractors and other departments to determine the best products and technologies to use in the design and creation of new systems. They examine prices and work to deliver projects on time and within budget.
As of October 2016, Payscale.com reports that IT project managers make a median salary of $84,662. Additionally, from 2014-2024, computer and information systems managers were expected to see an employment growth of 15% according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Computer and Information Systems Manager
Computer and information systems managers oversee the computing resources and information systems for an organization as a whole. They typically supervise other technology-related employees. They may be responsible for choosing the types of computer programs and applications organizations use and are often involved in data management and security.
As of May 2015, the BLS reported that computer and information systems managers earned a median annual salary of $131,600. The BLS also reported that, from 2014-2024, these professionals are expected to see an employment growth of 15%, which is faster than average for all national occupations.
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
These professionals help connect the staff of an organization by establishing a computer network. They might design, implement and maintain a company's communication systems. Maintenance and support can include dealing with issues that arise anywhere on the network, from software glitches to hardware problems.
According to the BLS, network and computer systems administrators made a median annual salary of $77,810 as of May 2015. From 2014-2024, these professionals are expected to see an 8% growth in employment, according to the BLS, which is the average for all occupations.
Job prospects for IT management graduates range from average to better than average through 2024. Gaining certification can only enhance one's employment opportunities in this field.