What Can You Do With an Information Technology Management Degree?

information-systems-management-degreeThese days, everyone is on the lookout for a great deal. Consumers are constantly bombarded by neon stickers in stores promising deals like “buy two get one free” and “two for the price of one.”

Why, you ask? Because in a struggling economy, everyone wants the biggest bang for their buck. The further you can stretch a dollar, the better!

You probably have similar feelings as you begin your quest for a quality degree. At the end of the day, you’re not just enrolling in school to learn a few extra facts; you’re investing in a new career and a better future for you and your family.

And as such, you want to be sure that the career path you choose will be a safe bet in the long run. Let’s be honest, you don’t have the time or money to waste investing in a degree that won’t help you land a better, higher paying job.

That being said, the technology industry is currently one of the most promising and lucrative fields for job-seekers. In fact, 61 percent of technology executives surveyed said they are currently attempting to fill vacant technology positions. What’s more, 70 percent of them agree that it’s challenging to find qualified professionals to fill those openings.

So how can you become eligible for these vacancies? Earning an information technology (IT) management degree is a great start. Also known as a management information systems degree, the knowledge and training provided in this multi-faceted program can equip you for not just one, but several coveted tech positions.

Below, we’ve highlighted ten technology careers that are currently available to individuals with an IT management degree. The information included will help give you an idea of what each position entails, including the outlook and the earning potential for all.*

 

1. Information systems manager

  • Responsible for a company’s overall computer operations
  • Interpret organizational goals, policies and procedures
  • Consult with management, users and technicians to assess computing needs
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff

Median annual salary:

$120,950

Projected growth (2010-2020):

19%

2. Software applications developer

  • Design or customize computer applications software
  • Modify existing software to optimize operational efficiency or correct errors
  • Evaluate software requirements and user needs to determine software feasibility
  • Develop and employ software system testing and validation procedures

Median annual salary:

$90,060

Projected growth (2010-2020):

28%

3. Information technology (IT) project manager

  • Manage IT projects
  • Supervise IT staff
  • Delegate tasks to project personnel
  • Monitor progress to meet deadlines, standards and budgets.

Median annual salary:

$81,140

Projected growth (2010-2020):

9%

4. Computer systems engineer

  • Develop solutions to complex applications problems and other network concerns
  • Collaborate with software developers to select appropriate solutions
  • Provide technical guidance for troubleshooting computer systems
  • Confirm stability and security of system architecture

Median annual salary:

$81,140

Projected growth (2010-2020):

9%

5. Computer systems analyst

  • Analyze data processing problems to improve computer systems
  • Develop and test system design procedures
  • Consult with management to recommend software
  • Enhance system compatibility so information can be shared

Median annual salary:

$79,680

Projected growth (2010-2020):

28%

6. Database administrator

  • Test and administer computer databases
  • Coordinate changes and correct errors to computer databases
  • Apply security measures to safeguard information
  • Indicate user access levels for each segment of database

Median annual salary:

$77,080

Projected growth (2010-2020):

29%

7. Computer programmer

  • Create and test the code that allows computers to run properly
  • Analyze user needs and develop software solutions
  • Write computer programs to store, locate or retrieve data
  • Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications

Median annual salary:

$74,280

Projected growth (2010-2020):

19%

8. Network systems administrator

  • Install and support an organization’s network system
  • Monitor network to ensure availability to all system users
  • Examine website functions to ensure performance without interruption
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations

Median annual salary:

$72,560

Projected growth (2010-2020):

28%

9. Web developer

  • Create and modify websites
  • Write, design or edit web page content, or direct others producing content
  • Identify and correct problems uncovered by testing or user feedback
  • Back up website files for immediate recovery in case of problems

Median annual salary:

$62,500

Projected growth (2010-2020):

28%

10. Computer user support specialist

  • Assist computer users with technical issues
  • Resolve problems for clients in person, or via telephone or email
  • Conduct computer diagnostics to detect technical problems
  • Install equipment for employee use

Median annual salary:

$46,420

Projected growth (2010-2020):

19%

 

Keep your options open

As you can see, this one degree has the potential to open doors to a wide variety of positions in the booming technology industry. You’ll also notice that the earning potential for every position is significantly higher than the national average, which was just over $26,000 in 2010.

So if you’re looking for an education that can help lead to a promising technology career, one that won’t tie you down to a specific position, a degree in IT management may be the perfect fit for you!

 

Can you see yourself working in one of these positions? If so, take some time to learn more about how a degree in technology can boost your chances of landing the job!

 

 *All information taken from the U.S. Department of Labor. DOL/BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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