Information Technology, “IT” for short, isn’t just the domain of antisocial nerds anymore. The field is growing fast, with over 20% increases expected for many jobs between 2010 and 2020. For tech-savvy millennials, IT career options are more appealing than ever. Here are ten of the best.
10. IT Consultant
The title “IT Consultant” sounds pretty non-specific, and that’s exactly the point. With this gig, you’ll jump in to different places (ideally ones that have a lot of money to throw around) and solve the technical problems no one else can. You’ll earn big bucks doing so – the average salary is over $96K.
9. Cloud Architect
With everything from our music libraries to our health histories living in the cloud these days, more people than ever are needed to make sure it runs smoothly. Because this is a relatively new position, it’s also one of the highest-paying IT jobs out there.
8. Computer Forensic Investigator
While your day-to-day life is unlikely to be as glamorous as CSI: Cyber might have you believe, being a computer forensic investigator is a very real job. You take a look at computer systems and try to learn stuff from them, except that the end result is used in trial instead of in an annual report.
7. Computer Systems Analyst
These are the folks who either do the programming themselves or, in some cases, oversee an entire development team. They look at the way a business is doing things, and make suggestions to lower costs and improve efficiency.
6. Health Information Technician
Until single payer drops from the sky, you can rest assured that the health care sector will continue to grow. This job deals with digitizing and securing patient records, which is something that is only going to become more important as time goes on.
5. Web Developer
Web developers do exactly what the title implies – they create websites and other web-related content. Many people in this field are self-taught, and get hired based off of their past work.
4. Software Engineer
This is one of the best IT career options. Software engineers help build, well, basically everything, and are paid well for their efforts. The average income is right around $90K.
3. Technical Writer
If you are tech savvy and can string together coherent sentences, this is the job for you. Technical writers create manuals, white papers, online help documents, and plenty of other stuff that, if you’re like us, you usually don’t look at until it’s too late.
2. Database Administrator
Database administrator may not seem like a glamorous job, but it’s a steady one. Growth in this sector is estimated to be going up by over 30% a decade, making it easily one of the fastest-growing jobs in the field.
1. Computer Programmer
If you know a handful of computer languages, like working on big projects, and enjoy wearing slippers while on the job, consider becoming a computer programmer. Telecommuting is frequently encouraged, the pay is great, and – a plus for the introverts among us – you’re frequently working alone.