Careers in IT

Information Technology is a fast-growing field in Illinois, especially in Chicago, which is attracting more high-tech, biotech, and nanotechnology firms and start-ups. Employers everywhere are recruiting both entry-level and experienced IT professionals with a bachelor's degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for IT professionals is going to increase by double-digit percentages over the next several years.

Job TitleAvg. Salary 20171
Computer and Information Systems Managers  $135,800
Computer Programmers $79,840
Computer Systems Analysts $87,220
Database Administrators $84,950
Information Technology Project Managers $86,510
Information Technology Specialist  $49,390
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $79,700
Software Developers $106,860
Web Administrators $86,510
Web Developers $66,130

 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2017 

Job Descriptions

Computer and Information Systems Managers:

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Typical Job Functions

  • Develop computer or information systems.
  • Coordinate operational activities with external stakeholders.
  • Develop organizational goals or objectives.
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.

Computer Programmers

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Typical Job Functions

  • Test software performance. 
  • Resolve computer software problems. 
  • Modify software programs to improve performance. 
  • Write computer programming code. 
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues

Computer Systems Analysts

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
Typical Job Functions

  • Modify software programs to improve performance. 
  • Coordinate software or hardware installation. 
  • Develop testing routines or procedures. 
  • Document design or development procedures. 
  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation.

Database Administrators

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.
Typical Job Functions

  • Assess database performance. 
  • Modify software programs to improve performance. 
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems. 
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures. 
  • Update computer database information.

Information Technology Project Managers

Plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.
Typical Job Functions

  • Manage information technology projects or system activities.
  • Develop detailed project plans.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Supervise information technology personnel.
  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.

Information Technology Specialists

Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
Typical Job Functions

  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation. 
  • Provide technical support for software maintenance or use. 
  • Test software performance. 
  • Install computer hardware.
  • Install computer software.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.
Typical Job Functions

  • Maintain computer networks to enhance performance and user access. 
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems. 
  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information. 
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures. 
  • Resolve computer network problems.

Software Developers

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
Typical Job Functions

  • Modify software programs to improve performance. 
  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation. 
  • Manage information technology projects or system activities. 
  • Develop testing routines or procedures. 
  • Provide technical support for software maintenance or use.

Web Administrators

Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.
Typical Job Functions

  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information. 
  • Modify software programs to improve performance. 
  • Resolve computer software problems. 
  • Update website content. 
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.

Web Developers

Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.
Typical Job Functions

  • Update website content. 
  • Design websites or web applications. 
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues. 
  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information. 
  • Resolve computer software problems

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Info Technology Job Resources in Chicago

Built in Chicago - Local job board for Chicago tech start-ups

Careerbuilder.com - Jobs in Chicago and nationally

Indeed.com - Professional jobs at Chicago companies

LinkedIN - Information technology jobs in Chicago

NPO.net - Non-profit jobs in Chicago and Illinois

Career Resources at Loyola

Career Development Center

Classes and Workshops

Job and Internship Search

Resume/Job Search Guides

Mock Interviews

Continuing Education

Loyola offers flexible online continuing education courses for those in computer-related fields. To learn more, visit:

Information Technology Degree

Computer Science Certificate

Are You Ready?

Loyola SCPS offers a BA in Information Technology that can help you advance your career in computing, network administration, programming and other high-tech fields. For more information, see the course curriculum, request information, or attend an open house.