Entry-Level Information Technology Jobs: How to Get a Foot in the Door
March 21, 2015
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Entry-level information technology jobs are a great fit if you like working with computers, troubleshooting problems or figuring out the best security solution for your home computer. But even if you know how IT deals with computers, you might not know all the jobs available in the field or the right skills you need. Understanding what entry-level jobs in the field entail can help you figure out the best fit for you and your talents.
What Are Entry-Level IT Jobs?
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reports increased job growth in IT through 2016, according to Experience. The BLS also predicts that jobs in the field will grow at an annual rate of 3.6 percent through 2020. This makes it a good time to look for positions in this field.
Jobs listed as "junior," "associate" or "technician" are typically entry-level information technology jobs. However, unlike in other fields, where entry-level might mean very little to no experience, most entry-level jobs in IT require skill and some level of field-specific education and training. According to One Day, One Job, it might be hard to know whether a job is an entry-level position, but gearing your search toward IT positions that ask for one to three years of experience is generally a useful way to research them.
If you like tinkering with computers, whether on the hardware or software end, it might be exciting to learn about the vast number of positions and opportunities available. Per Experience, the following are the top 10 IT jobs over the past few years:
- IT Consultant: Senior position with experience in software, hardware, database or technology security, along with a niche specialty
- Cloud Architect: Senior position with experience in programming, database administration and networks
- Computer Forensic Investigator: Troubleshoots security and solves Internet crime
- Health IT Specialist: Specializes in health care with a background in computers and record-keeping
- Mobile Application Developer: Designs mobile applications for mobile devices
- Web Developer: Develops Web pages, applications and content with Web language proficiency
- Software Engineer: Develops programs and applications
- IT Vendor Manager: Manages software and hardware supply
- Geospatial Information Systems Professional: Uses geography to communicate data and trends
- Data Modeler: Creates the data design functionality behind software and databases
While the nature of each position can be confusing, the best way to think about them is that they all deal with the software, security and design sides of information technology. To learn more about each, consider spending a few minutes a day researching these roles.
IT Fields With the Most Growth
If you dream of creating the next Twitter, YouTube or mobile application, careers in software development are expected to increase by 22 percent, according to CompTIA research featured in InfoWorld. Although development isn't always categorized as an IT position, many companies deem it as such.
Security challenges across industries have never been higher or more newsworthy in recent years as companies, organizations and government agencies work to make sure consumer and business data remains confidential. Therefore, information security analysts are in high demand, with a job growth rate of 36.5 percent through 2022, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Best Skills and Education
According to Bay Area software engineer Jason Brown, there is often overlap in the field. For instance, companies may task IT personnel with software development and engineering as well as with fixing issues and troubleshooting, even though these are separate positions that require separate training. And, Brown said, when it comes to soft skills, good IT people are friendly.
If you are interested in this field but aren't sure how to get started, consider getting a degree in computer science or information technology. Learning programming languages and working on your own projects can also help you along the way during your search for entry-level information technology jobs.
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