Information Technology is one of the fastest growing and most promising career paths available. Since 2003, the IT industry has grown by 37 percent, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Even during the recent recession, the industry only lost 1 percent of its workforce and fully recovered by 2010.
Employment in computer science and IT is expected to increase by 3.9 percent annually between 2010 and 2020, compared to 1.3 percent projected growth for all other industries. Below we’ll take a closer look at two IT careers that are in high demand:
Databases are the backbone of many different types of software and business processes. Database administrators (DBAs) work to build and maintain these critical tools. They help with data back up and troubleshooting problems if the system fails.
The median salary for a DBA is $88,800 with the highest paid professionals earning about $123,000 annually. Professional certifications in database programming and work experience are two key factors for becoming a DBA. It is also helpful to obtain an undergraduate degree in computer science or a related field.
Data Architect or Data Modeler
A data architect or modeler supports business needs with information systems. The data architect position combines analytical business skills with hands on IT and computer science methodology. You must be able to identify ways to keep enterprise databases, software, and information systems streamlined and up to date.
The average salary of a data architect is $105,000 annually and between 2012 and 2013 salaries for data architects increased by about 7.6% overall. To become a data architect, you will need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline. Many data modeling professionals will also pursue graduate studies and seek appropriate computer certifications.
At Nextrio, we see business IT and computer science needs growing rapidly, and the growth in IT employment is due to the increased IT needs of businesses. Nextrio and its team of IT experts are here to help with a company’s growing IT needs. If your organization is looking for comprehensive IT solutions in 2014, then give us a call at (520) 519-6301.