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 20131
Computer Programmers $75,720
Computer Systems Analysts $80,360
Database Administrators $80,770
Information Security Analysts $91,470
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $79,330
Software Developers, Applications $84,900
Web Developers $66,330

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013

Job Descriptions

Computer Programmer

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.

Computer Systems Analyst

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.

Database Administrator

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.

Information Security Analyst

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses. 

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

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 Website performance to ensure Websites 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. 

Software Developer, Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Web Developer

Design, create, and modify Websites. Analyze user needs to implement Website content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Websites 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.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Info Technology Job Resources in Chicago

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Information Technology Degree

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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.