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 expected pay for an IT job depends on the specific job responsibilities.
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 several years of experience as network administrators. As of 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that computer network architects earned an average of $94,000 a year.
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. As of 2012, network and computer systems administrators reported an average salary of $76,320 per year to the BLS.
Web developers are IT professionals who create and maintain websites. 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. As of 2012, the BLS reports Web developers earned an average annual salary of $66,100.
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. According to the BLS, database administrators earned an average salary of $79,120 per year as of May 2012.
Information Security Analysts
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 2012, the BLS reports information security analysts earned an average of $89,290 per year.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Database Administrators
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Computer Network Architects
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Web Developers
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Database Administrators
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Information Security Analysts
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