ITS is a growing field: Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $84,580 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690: $81,100 is the median annual pay (2017) for network and computer systems administrators/$88,270 is the median annual pay (2017) for computer systems analysts at the Bachelors degree level.
Increasing demand for high-tech communication systems in all sectors of the economy, combined with the impending retirement of the baby boom generation, means that there should be many jobs available in ITS.
Here are some resources you can access in your job search:
McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems
ITS alumni stay in touch with the McClure School family — other alumni and students — in several ways: they use the school’s e-mail list service to spread the word about job opportunities and through membership in the McClure School’s LinkedIn group.
Ohio University Career and Leadership Development Center
Bobcat Career and Leadership Resources is your key campus resource for job hunting. It carries job listings and information on employers, helps you prepare for interviews, and assists with resume writing. Note: Bobcat CareerLink has been replaced by Handshake!
Network with hundreds of employers right on Ohio University’s Athens campus at the bi-annual Career & Internship Fair. Employers representing a diverse array of industries travel from across the country to recruit Ohio University students and alumni. Connect with recruiters, explore industries, and practice your networking skills while seeking an internship or job. Schedule of upcoming CLDC Career Fairs.
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Occupational Outlook Handbook contains the latest government research on jobs, including salary data that can help you when negotiating pay.
Click here to see the OOH section on Computer and Information Technology Occupations.
The National Compensation Survey has more detailed information on pay by field, occupation, and location.