Computer and Information Technology Occupations

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $84,580 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

Persons earning certificates in this area can find employment without first obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Information Security Analyst
What do they do? - 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.

How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
What do they do? - 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.

How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System.
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American Graduate: Cynthia

Cynthia, a single mom, has been living paycheck to paycheck after being laid off. But now she is taking steps to advance her career to become a Computer Network Administrator.

Cynthia tells her story as an Austin resident, but similar programs are offered in West Virginia.
How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System.