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IT jobs are expected to be some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying
over the next decade.
2: Two of the top four fastest-growing occupations in the United States are IT related, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They are:
- Network systems and data communication analysts
- Computer software engineers, applications
53 percent: The demand for network systems and data communications analysts is projected to increase by 53 percent from 2008 to 2018, which places it among the fastest growing of all occupations. This category includes network architects and engineers, as well as Web administrators and developers.
Demand for network architects and engineers will increase as organizations continue to upgrade their IT capacity and incorporate the newest technologies. The growing reliance on wireless networks will result in a need for many more network architects and engineers. Workers with knowledge of information security also will be in demand, as computer networks transmit an increasing amount of sensitive data.
More web administrators and developers will be needed to accommodate the increasing number of services provided over the Internet.
30 percent: Overall employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is projected to increase by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Growth in computer network, systems, and database administrators will be rapid in the computer systems design, data processing and hosting, software publishing, and technical consulting industries, as these types of organizations provide an increasing array of IT services. Growth will also be rapid in health care, as these organizations look to increase their efficiency and improve patient care through the use of information systems and other technology.
7: In South Carolina, seven of the top 26 projected fastest-growing occupations for those with bachelor degrees or higher are IT related.
85 percent: Eighty-five percent of all IT jobs are found within companies that are everyday household names in industries such as retail, design, insurance, banking, aerospace, energy, and health care.
$60,000: The average starting salary for IT-related positions.