Take IT and Go Anywhere

Take IT and Go Anywhere

Did you Know?

In Money Magazine's "Best Jobs in America," software engineer ranked #1 and computer/IT analyst ranked #7.

• The IT workforce is expected to grow at more than twice the rate of the overall workforce from 2006 to 2016, with the largest demand for software engineers (up 324%) and software applications developers (up 226%).

Career options:

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Careers related to IT are expanding every day

IT skills are needed in just about every field, so knowledgeable employees are in demand! IT workers can also expect to be well paid, which means being able to recover the costs of college pretty quickly.

woman at hospital IT jobWhere you work will depend entirely on your interests

You choose. You could work in an office, lab or or workshop, hospital, school, theater, State House, library, design studio, all across the globe and even out in oceans, national parks or outer space. Many people don't always start out where they want to end up, and as you gain more and more experience, you will have more opportunities to push for your ideals - so stick with it and you'll get where you need to be!

So what are you looking for in a potential career?

A useful way to decide what career to pursue is to think about what is Pathways in Computer Science: Carl - Forest Fire Technology
most important to you.Is it stability for your family? Variety of work experiences?Strengthening your community? Helping to improve your neighborhood or city? Having fun with your work? You can do any of those things and more with a career in IT or computer sciencce - Take a minute to think about what's most important to you in your life and then look at the suggestions across this site and think about how you can make the jobs you find match what you value most. Then you can look at what degree you need to get you started.


10 in-demand jobs in Massachusetts

Right now, 119,600 jobs are going unfilled in Massachusetts because employers can't find applicants with the right education. Four of the top 10 demanded jobs in the state are related to Computer Science and IT!

1. Software application developers
Number of openings: 3,662
Mean Massachusetts salary: $98,400

The Apple App Store is all we'll need to mention for this one.

2. Computer programmers
Number of openings: 2,594
Mean Massachusetts salary: $90,620

Demand will remain high in tech-heavy Massachusetts for programmers of all types.

5. Computer systems analysts
Number of openings: 1,799
Mean Massachusetts salary: $88,710

As the healthcare industry relies more on electronic filing and records, computer systems analysts will find greater demand in their work.

10. Information technology project managers
Number of openings: 1,291
Mean Massachusetts salary: $134,380

Project Management Professional certifications are among the top five certifications in greatest demand.

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There's also nothing that says you have to pick one career and stay with it your whole life! Why not try something that interests you now with the idea of maybe shifting to something else later in life. Many people go back to school to make a career shift in their 40s, 50s and even 60s and up, and community colleges in particular are great places to get your feet wet in something new!

Below are some resources for career hunting and building your own business.

These companies are waiting to hear from YOU! :

You can look at tons of job listings for computing professionals on sites like careers.com, the IEEE's careers site, and elsewhere. The ACM Career Resource Centre, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, monster.com, and many other sites offer testimonials and interviews with professionals currently working in computing careers.

Are you a woman working or wanting to work in IT? :

• National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Workforce Alliance members have provided links on this page that are geared toward connecting women with available jobs in IT.

Women For Hire was founded in 1999 as the first and only company devoted entirely to connecting women with jobs. They offer signature career expos, inspiring speeches and seminars, a popular career-focused magazine, customized marketing programs, and an online job board that helps leading employers connect with top-notch professional women in all fields. This will keep you motivated!!


Are you a recent IT graduate looking for an amazing job out of college? Start your seach right here:

Akamai: If you use the Internet for anything - to download music or software, check the headlines, book a flight - you've probably used Akamai's services without even knowing it. We play a critical role in getting content from providers to consumers. Today Akamai handles tens of billions of daily Web interactions for companies like Audi, NBC, and Fujitsu, and organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense and NASDAQ -- powering brand new business models that serve the changing online economy.

ComputerWorld Management lists the top 100 jobs with the highest rankings for 2009. Sort the Best Places to Work by key criteria, such as training days, and add filters by region and/or organization size. Compare scorecards of top companies and see who stacks up to the competition!

Raytheon Company has been a leader in developing defense technologies and in converting technologies for use in commercial markets. They are committed to driving strategic growth, establishing an inclusive culture, and developing an environment for learning, because companies that depend on innovation must draw upon the skills of lifelong learners. Raytheon has successfully built upon its pioneering tradition to become a global technology leader.

Cisco customers come first and an an integral part of their DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success. Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners and has become the worldwide leader in networking - transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.


Thinking about starting your own IT business? :

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and offers free counseling sessions in a neighborhood near you.

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