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Information Technology

Career Cluster Description: Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Occupation - Cluster Standard occupation title with associated career cluster. Annual
Openings Average number of job openings projected for each year.
Median
Wages Projected median annual wages.
Projected
New Jobs Projected numerical change in employment.
Growth
Rate Projected percent change in employment.
Pathway Career cluster pathway that outlines courses and training programs. Job Zone/
Education Categories developed by O*NET as indicators of the amount education, training, and experience needed to gain entry into profession.
  • Job Zone 1 = Little or no preparation (high school diploma or less)
  • Job Zone 2 = Some preparation (high school diploma)
  • Job Zone 3 = Medium preparation (trade certificate or associate’s degree)
  • Job Zone 4 = Considerable preparation (bachelor’s degree)
  • Job Zone 5 = Extensive preparation (master’s or doctorate degree)
Computer Network Architects - Information Technology 162 $96,540 370 24.80% Network Systems 4
Computer Network Support Specialists - Information Technology 326 $55,280 430 16.20% Network Systems 4
Computer Occupations, All Other - Information Technology 333 $74,730 30 1.50% Information Support and Services ***
Computer Programmers - Information Technology 300 $74,060 800 15.00% Programming and Software Development 4
Computer Systems Analysts - Information Technology 641 $73,530 2930 31.00% Programming and Software Development 4
Computer User Support Specialists - Information Technology 947 $45,560 1930 26.00% Information Support and Services 3
Database Administrators - Information Technology 553 $79,060 380 22.20% Network Systems 4
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers & Computer Network Architects - Information Technology 154 $81,030 300 36.40% Network Systems 4
Network & Computer Systems Administrators - Information Technology 389 $75,760 1150 18.90% Network Systems 4
Software Developers, Applications - Information Technology 684 $87,890 1320 27.10% Programming and Software Development 4
Software Developers, Systems Software - Information Technology 367 $86,890 710 27.50% Programming and Software Development 4
Web Developers - Information Technology 225 $60,080 320 18.80% Web and Digital Communications 3

Information Technology Pathways

  • Network Systems

    Pathway Description: Careers in Network Systems involve network analysis, planning and implementation, including design, installation, maintenance and management of network systems. Successful establishment and maintenance of information technology infrastructure is critical to the success of almost every 21st century organization. People with expertise in Network Systems are in high demand for a variety of positions in organizations of all sizes and types, doing work such as creating and maintaining the infrastructure in medical facilities that enables multiple doctors to view the same patient X-rays in real-time to determine the diagnosis and the best treatment.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Information Support and Services

    Pathway Description: Careers in Information Support and Services involve IT deployment, including implementing computer systems and software, providing technical assistance and managing information systems. Successful IT deployment‚ implementation of computer systems and software, provision of technical assistance, creation of technical documentation and management of information systems is critical to the success of most 21st century organizations. People with expertise in Information Support and Services are in high demand for a variety of positions in organizations of all sizes and types, doing work such as integrating multiple databases at a global investment company, enabling employees to share information between the New York, Paris and Hong Kong offices and improving service to customers.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Web and Digital Communications

    Pathway Description: Careers in Web and Digital Communications involve creating, designing and producing interactive multimedia products and services, including development of digitally-generated or computer-enhanced media used in business, training, entertainment, communications and marketing. Organizations of all types and sizes use digital media (the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, DVD) to communicate with existing and potential customers, to track transactions, and to collaborate with colleagues. Web and digital communications experts can find employment opportunities in organizations of all sizes and types, doing work such as creating e-business auction Web sites that allow people around the world to buy and sell items in real-time.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Programming and Software Development

    Pathway Description: Careers in Programming and Software Development involve the design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer systems and software, requiring knowledge of computer operating systems, programming languages and software development. People with expertise in programming and software development work with cutting-edge technologies to develop tomorrow products for use by businesses and consumers. While many of the career opportunities in this area are in software companies, large organizations of other types such as Financial Services and Business also offer many opportunities. People with expertise in programming and software development are in high demand, doing work such as creating the software that launches and runs NASA space shuttles.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Additional Pathways
  • Interactive Media
Programs of Study

The Perkins crosswalk of educational programs of study to occupations identifies a number of programs relevant to this career cluster:

  • 11.0101 Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • 11.0102 Artificial Intelligence.
  • 11.0103 Information Technology.
  • 11.0104 Informatics.
  • 11.0199 Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • 11.0201 Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
  • 11.0202 Computer Programming, Specific Applications.
  • 11.0203 Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification.
  • 11.0299 Computer Programming, Other.
  • 11.0301 Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician.
  • 11.0401 Information Science/Studies.
  • 11.0501 Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.
  • 11.0701 Computer Science.
  • 11.0801 Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.
  • 11.0802 Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration.
  • 11.0803 Computer Graphics.
  • 11.0804 Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation.
  • 11.0899 Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • 11.0901 Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.
  • 11.1001 Network and System Administration/Administrator.
  • 11.1002 System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager.
  • 11.1003 Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • 11.1004 Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster.
  • 11.1005 Information Technology Project Management.
  • 11.1006 Computer Support Specialist.
  • 11.1099 Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other.
  • 11.9999 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
  • 14.0901 Computer Engineering, General.
  • 14.0903 Computer Software Engineering.
  • 14.0999 Computer Engineering, Other.
  • 52.1206 Information Resources Management.
  • 52.1207 Knowledge Management.
  • 52.1299 Management Information Systems and Services, Other.

Career Cluster

Information Technology

Career Cluster Description: Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Occupation - Cluster Annual
Openings
Median
Wages
Projected
New Jobs
Growth
Rate
Pathway Job Zone/
Education
Computer User Support Specialists - Information Technology 947 $45,560 1930 26.00% Information Support and Services 3
Software Developers, Applications - Information Technology 684 $87,890 1320 27.10% Programming and Software Development 4
Computer Systems Analysts - Information Technology 641 $73,530 2930 31.00% Programming and Software Development 4
Database Administrators - Information Technology 553 $79,060 380 22.20% Network Systems 4
Network & Computer Systems Administrators - Information Technology 389 $75,760 1150 18.90% Network Systems 4
Software Developers, Systems Software - Information Technology 367 $86,890 710 27.50% Programming and Software Development 4
Computer Occupations, All Other - Information Technology 333 $74,730 30 1.50% Information Support and Services ***
Computer Network Support Specialists - Information Technology 326 $55,280 430 16.20% Network Systems 4
Computer Programmers - Information Technology 300 $74,060 800 15.00% Programming and Software Development 4
Web Developers - Information Technology 225 $60,080 320 18.80% Web and Digital Communications 3
Computer Network Architects - Information Technology 162 $96,540 370 24.80% Network Systems 4
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers & Computer Network Architects - Information Technology 154 $81,030 300 36.40% Network Systems 4

Information Technology Pathways

  • Network Systems

    Pathway Description: Careers in Network Systems involve network analysis, planning and implementation, including design, installation, maintenance and management of network systems. Successful establishment and maintenance of information technology infrastructure is critical to the success of almost every 21st century organization. People with expertise in Network Systems are in high demand for a variety of positions in organizations of all sizes and types, doing work such as creating and maintaining the infrastructure in medical facilities that enables multiple doctors to view the same patient X-rays in real-time to determine the diagnosis and the best treatment.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Information Support and Services

    Pathway Description: Careers in Information Support and Services involve IT deployment, including implementing computer systems and software, providing technical assistance and managing information systems. Successful IT deployment‚ implementation of computer systems and software, provision of technical assistance, creation of technical documentation and management of information systems is critical to the success of most 21st century organizations. People with expertise in Information Support and Services are in high demand for a variety of positions in organizations of all sizes and types, doing work such as integrating multiple databases at a global investment company, enabling employees to share information between the New York, Paris and Hong Kong offices and improving service to customers.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Web and Digital Communications

    Pathway Description: Careers in Web and Digital Communications involve creating, designing and producing interactive multimedia products and services, including development of digitally-generated or computer-enhanced media used in business, training, entertainment, communications and marketing. Organizations of all types and sizes use digital media (the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, DVD) to communicate with existing and potential customers, to track transactions, and to collaborate with colleagues. Web and digital communications experts can find employment opportunities in organizations of all sizes and types, doing work such as creating e-business auction Web sites that allow people around the world to buy and sell items in real-time.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Programming and Software Development

    Pathway Description: Careers in Programming and Software Development involve the design, development, implementation and maintenance of computer systems and software, requiring knowledge of computer operating systems, programming languages and software development. People with expertise in programming and software development work with cutting-edge technologies to develop tomorrow products for use by businesses and consumers. While many of the career opportunities in this area are in software companies, large organizations of other types such as Financial Services and Business also offer many opportunities. People with expertise in programming and software development are in high demand, doing work such as creating the software that launches and runs NASA space shuttles.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Information Technology: This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all careers in the information technology cluster. Learners will study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the IT environment. Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors of legal responsibilities by IT professionals. Students will explore a variety of IT career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet their career goals and objectives. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to technology applications prior to entry into high school. Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications.

    Fundamentals of Computer Science: Students will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving skills in the area of operating systems and computer hardware. This would include, but not be limited to, storage and drives, system boards, processors, memory, peripherals and networks. Emphasis will be placed on speech and client-oriented communication skills.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Additional Pathways
  • Interactive Media
Programs of Study

The Perkins crosswalk of educational programs of study to occupations identifies a number of programs relevant to this career cluster:

  • 11.0101 Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • 11.0102 Artificial Intelligence.
  • 11.0103 Information Technology.
  • 11.0104 Informatics.
  • 11.0199 Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • 11.0201 Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
  • 11.0202 Computer Programming, Specific Applications.
  • 11.0203 Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification.
  • 11.0299 Computer Programming, Other.
  • 11.0301 Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician.
  • 11.0401 Information Science/Studies.
  • 11.0501 Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.
  • 11.0701 Computer Science.
  • 11.0801 Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.
  • 11.0802 Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration.
  • 11.0803 Computer Graphics.
  • 11.0804 Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation.
  • 11.0899 Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • 11.0901 Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.
  • 11.1001 Network and System Administration/Administrator.
  • 11.1002 System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager.
  • 11.1003 Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • 11.1004 Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster.
  • 11.1005 Information Technology Project Management.
  • 11.1006 Computer Support Specialist.
  • 11.1099 Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other.
  • 11.9999 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
  • 14.0901 Computer Engineering, General.
  • 14.0903 Computer Software Engineering.
  • 14.0999 Computer Engineering, Other.
  • 52.1206 Information Resources Management.
  • 52.1207 Knowledge Management.
  • 52.1299 Management Information Systems and Services, Other.