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Information Technology Careers

Information Technology is one of the best industries for long and lucrative careers. Anyone searching for a career to focus on or possibly a career change should consider the possibility of pursuing Information Technology. Here are some things to consider if you're just getting started on your technology career.

Technology is different from many other industries in that there is such a vast array of opportunities that can be a good fit for all kinds of skillsets. You may have an aptitude for development, troubleshooting, project management or engineering. All of these individual skills would allow you to pursue a number of excellent careers in information technology. Below are a few job descriptions that might help you find something that fits your skills and interest.

Software Development

Software development takes a unique skill. I liken it to a natural understanding of advanced math. Some people have brains that are wired for it and some people would just struggle and be frustrated. Obviously, a good foundation in maths is essential but most programming does not require more than good algebra and geometry skills. More than math, you need to understand how to solve problems, research and not mind delving into hundreds of lines of code. Also, programming is not for those who have a hard time with working through a large (read months or even years) project one piece at a time. If you’re ADD, you may have a difficult time being an efficient programmer without some real focus and effort. As far as careers go, some of the most cutting edge positions are in specialty areas, such as mobile platform development for iOS, Android and Windows mobile. There’s also a great market for good SharePoint developers in .NET. Do your research and find out what suits you best as well as finding a skill that is marketable and offers the type of pay for which you are looking.

Enterprise Data

Enterprise data systems are highly specialized but also pay very well. It can be difficult to get great experience in some of these areas. In this section I include the Enterprise-level applications that small, medium and large businesses use to manage and share data. Database backend is a key part of it but you have a growing number of options for ERP and CRM systems that all lump into this category. A few of the key technologies would be SAP, MS-SQL, Oracle, Dynamics, Sage and many more. Specializing in designing and engineering these technologies is an excellent marketable skills for enterprise business.

Networking

The range of job skills within networking can be very broad, as well as the pay for careers here. I’ve seen jobs with the title “Network Administrator” pay as low as $15/hr up to $70k/year in the same area, with the same job title. It really depends on the skills and responsibilities that go along with it. Getting into networking can get complex really fast, but that is also when it pays better and has more responsibility. If you’re considering moving up in networking, you really need to get Cisco skills and certifications. Cisco Engineers can make great pay, and with their reputation in the industry, you’ll be in high demand for years to come..

Systems

Technology Systems are all about the infrastructure. Servers, Operating Systems and general networking are some of the broad skills necessary. Current technologies are in high-availability, increasing performance and virtualization technology such as VMware and Hyper-V. SAN systems and Fiber networks are also key components of the rebirth of this part of IT, making it more reliable, efficient and smart. If you have a broad interest and understanding, and are comfortable with learning new things as technologies change quickly, Systems Engineering might be a great place for you.

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