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  • 1. Information Technology Career ListA short list of possible IT careersI once had to give a talk explaining what kids of jobs were available for graduates in computer science andinformation technology. The talk developed into a kind of information technology career list. It started with thequestion :What is a career in computer technology?And continued :Is it just sitting in front of a glowing box all day? Not at all!A career in information technology is a rewarding, challenging career, with many possible paths open to you.If your passion is interacting with people, listening to them, understanding what they want, the System Analystis the role for you. On the other hand, if you love directing and coordinating a team of hard-workingindividuals, you should aim high and become a Project Leader. On the other hand, some really do prefer thejoy of coding - willing the glowing box to do their bidding. Far from being a couch potato, the Programmersposition is one many find extremely rewarding. There are many branches to the Information Technology careertree. Read on to find out more about some of them, and decide which one youd like to squirrel up to.First of all, any modern career is a challenge. For a graduate to succeed our rapidly changing world requiresskills rarely taught in school or university - skills such as flexibility and adaptability, the willingness tocontinually learn, mixed together with a good dose of creativity, and good ole getting along well withcolleagues, bosses and customers. This is equally true, if not more, in the field of information technology.Technologies and techniques change continually, and the most nimble-minded are the ones who thrive. Onanother page I talk about how best to obtain these soft skills, and some of the pitfalls that a new graduate shouldbeware of when embarking on a career in information technology or computer science. For now, Ill describefor you some typical information technology jobs, and tell you about the kinds of careers that they can lead to.The System Analyst is involved in the first step of any useful software project. His or her job is to meet withthe customer, the potential users of a new software product, and figure out just what they want. Its a fascinatingchallenge, and suits perfectly those who have an avid interest in people. Its challenging because users oftendont themselves know what they want from a software product. Even if they do, these so-called requirementsmay change as time goes by. The system analyst will go to a customers workplace, and through interviews,questionnaires and observation, deduce how the business actually works, and suggest ways informationtechnology can be used to make it better. Skills required: good communication skills, creativity. In addition, adash of salesmanship will be worth its weight in gold in the system analyst career. Academic qualifications:Usually, a good Bachelors or honors degree in computer science or information technology.The System Designers job is to take the information collected by the system analyst, and figure out howcomputer and information technology can be applied to each customers specific situation. More and more, thisactivity, called design, is done with the customer or users as a real and active participant. The system designeris to software as an architect is to buildings. The system designers challenge is to know what technology isavailable, and be able to evaluate it to decide what best meets the needs of the customer. The job also involvesbreaking down the customers needs into a clear and precise specification that a programmer can easily use togenerate the program code of the system. Skills required: a strong analytical mind, creativity. It helps to bealways in touch with new technology and programming techniques. Academic qualifications: Usually, a goodBachelors or honors degree in computer science or information technology.The Programmer is, I guess, what most people imagine a typical infotech career involves. His or her job is totranslate the detailed software description produced by the system designer, and translate it into the obscure and

2. arcane languages only computers understand. Skills required: a strong analytical mind, attention to detail.And, of course, programming skills! Academic qualifications: Usually, a good Bachelors or honors degree incomputer science or information technology.There are many other entry-level jobs in computer science and information technology. However, very fewpeople in any field stay in an entry-level job for their whole lives. Although there are probably almost as manydifferent career paths as there are working people, Ive attempted to describe for you some of the more commonpathways people walk down in the IT field.The Project Leader directs a team of software developers, including programmers, designers, analysts, andothers such as documentation specialists, user interface designers, and others. The project leaders job is toencourage and motivate his or her team, to plan and track the progress of a software development project, andgenerally ensure success. Skills required: Communication skills, a good motivator, well organised. In a word,management. Academic qualifications: Usually, a good Bachelors or honors degree in computer science orinformation technology, and some years experience on software teams.The Trainer is in high demand. He or she is able to effectively equip others to use information technologieswell. There are companies that are willing to pay a very high price to have their staff equipped with the skills touse certain in-demand technologies. The trainer must be a person with a deep knowledge of such an area, ableto pass it on effectively to others in an engaging way. Skills required: Communication skills, good technicalknowledge, a good motivator. Academic qualifications: Usually, a good Bachelors or honors degree incomputer science or information technology, and some years experience with the technology.Beyond and along with this, the imagination is the limit to what hardworking individual can accomplish in acareer in information technology. I hope this information has been helpful! 3. List of Information Technology CareersXTamara RunzelBorn and raised in California, Tamara Runzel currently calls Mississippi home. She has reported and produced for TVstations in Fresno and Redding, California. Runzels writing has also appeared in a military base newspaper. She has aBachelor of Arts degree in communication from University of the Pacific in Stockton.By Tamara Runzel, eHow Contributorupdated: May 15, 20101.oJobs in information technology include working with the Internet. computer classroom image by Christopher Meder from Information technology encompasses all jobs related to computing technology, including networking, software, hardware and the Internet, according to There are a number of information technology positions that extend from entry-level to management, with a wide array of salaries. Some positions require interaction with people while others do not. If you have any interest in information technology, there is probably a job that fits your personality.2. Computer Support SpecialistoComputer support specialists are usually divided into two categories; technical support specialists and help-desk technicians. Technical support specialists work for organizations, helping address computer-user issues using automatic diagnostics programs. They may write training manuals and offer training. Help desk technicians address customer computer-related inquiries and provide assistance. Educational requirements for this position may vary from a certificate to a bachelors degree.Systems AnalystoSystems analysts interact with clients, meeting with prospective customers and determining needs through interviews and observation. Systems analysts work in specific areas such as business, financial systems, accounting, and engineering. They also prepare financial analyses regarding purchasing proposed technology and work with programmers to ensure systems are functional. A bachelors degree in computer science or information technology is usually required for this position.Computer Software EngineeroComputer software engineers are responsible for the design and development of computer software. They analyze a users needs and develop appropriate software using flowcharts and diagrams. Software computer engineer jobs include designing computer games, business 4. applications, network control systems and operating systems. Most software engineers have a bachelors or a masters degree. Computer Programmer o Taking information provided by systems analysts or software engineers, a computer programmer writes the computer program. Translating the information into a language the computer can read, computer programmers also make repairs or improvements to existing programs. Computer programmer positions may require a certificate, associate or bachelors degree. Information Systems Manager o An information systems managers main responsibility is to assure that an organization possesses the necessary technology to meet its goals. They oversee all technical areas of an organization along with managing other information technology professionals. Information systems managers may also evaluate new technologies, develop technical standards, and determine how to implement any new technology. A bachelors degree in a computer-related field is generally required.Read more: List of Information Technology Careers | 5. List of IT CareersXMelissa LaRoseMelissa holds a Fine Arts degree in Environmental Design and an MA in Information Management. Shes worked as alicensed interior designer, artist, database administrator and nightclub manager. A perpetual student, Melissa writesweb content on a variety of topics--art, interior design, database design, culture, health and business. Her work withDemand Studios includes over 450 articles found on eHow and Melissa LaRose, eHow Contributorupdated: September 24, 20101.o Information Technology careers require an understanding of software and hardware issues. network cable mess image by willem169 from Information Technology (IT) careers include network administrators, systems analysts, database administrators and software engineers. A number of the skills these careers require are similar: programming, analysis, critical thinking, basic knowledge of hardware and software products and active learning (or keeping up with trends and new technology). However, each career focuses on a particular need within the IT environment.2. Network AdministratoroNetwork administrators monitor computer networks, diagnose software and hardware issues and perform disaster-recovery and data backup. Administrators keep computer networks at peak performance so that users have access to data and can perform tasks throughout the workday. Administrators research new technologies; manage, plan and make recommendations about changes to network configurations; and problem solve recurring network issues. Manual hardware changes are performed under the network administrators supervision.Systems AnalystoSystems analysts research existing networks and data systems and analyze their capabilities against the requirements of the business. Analysts make recommendations on needed improvements to procedures, work flow and computer network configurations. Programming languages like C++ are used by systems analysts to test and upgrade systems. Analysts help integrate new databases, applications and computer systems into existing networks.Database AdministratorsoDatabase administrators (DBA) design, implement and manage databases used in network environments. They develop security measures to protect data, make modifications and fix data problems, set user permissions for data access and develop methods for integrating external databases with existing ones. Database administrators interact with software programmers to 6. design applications that access the company databases. The DBA must have a working knowledge of programming languages like Visual Basic and SQL. Software Engineers o Computer software engineers create, modify and develop computer applications and utility software programs as needed. Software engineers must understand and communicate with the end user of their programs to develop appropriate and efficient applications. Software engineers use mathematical models and analysis to measure possible outcomes of their software designs. Software engineers may be required to understand the industry they are working in. For instance, software engineers working in the financial industry must understand, for example, the formulas used to calculate interest rates and financing fees.Read more: List of IT Careers | 7. List of Careers in Information Technology List of Careers in the Computer FieldAre you thinking about pursuing a career in information technology (IT)? If you feel sure that you want to workwith computers, youre off to a great start making plans for the next phase of your career. The next thing youllneed to do is narrow down your areas of interest to decide what type of IT work youd like to specialize in.30 Career Options in the Information Technology FieldReviewing a list of careers in information technology is a great way to start making decisions about exactlywhat kind of work you want to do! Here is a list of 30 of the most popular IT occupations along with a generaloverview of whats involved in each position. CAD Operator: design buildings, lighting and electrical systems, equipment and more using computer aided drafting technology Computer animator: create animated videos using computer generated imagery (CGI) technology Computer operator: provide data input and reporting services at an end-user level Computer trainer: teach others to use computer software and equipment Computer forensics: help fight cybercrime and ensure computer system security Computer repair specialist: provide repair services for computer hardware equipment Consultant: help business managers make wise decisions about hardware and software investments Database administrator: oversee data maintenance and reporting functions Database developer: create and update data management systems Disaster recovery specialist: attempt to restore electronic data following disasters like fires, floods and more Ethical hacker: help companies find weaknesses in their computer security systems Hardware engineer: engage in research and development to create next generation computer equipment Help desk professional: provide assistance to users via telephone and live chat Information technology manager: oversee all I...