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Two of top five fastest growing careers are in IT

According to one report, in terms of numbers hired through 2016, two IT jobs top the list.

In a look at five of the fastest growing occupations, in terms of numbers hired, through 2016, the CareerGuide site reports that the top two are in IT.

According to the article, these are the top two fastest growing IT careers through 2016:

Network systems and data communications analysts. This specialty includes a number of tasks in relation to data communications systems, like designing, analyzing, testing, and assessing systems and their performance. The rise from 262,000 employees in 2006 to 402,000 in 2016 represents a 53.4 percent increase over that span - that's 140,000 new jobs. The average salary for a network systems analyst is $73,800 a year. Many jobs in this field require a bachelor's degree, but some might only require a two-year degree in computer science or an information technology-related field. Computer software engineers (I covered software engineers before in this blog): Those in this specialty develop, design, test, and evaluate the software and systems that operate computers. It shows a 44.6 percent increase in jobs from 2006-2016. According to CareerGuide, the prospects are very good for job applicants with at least a bachelor's degree in software engineering or computer science and with some work experience. The average salary is $87,900.

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37 comments
janeross9386
janeross9386

This is really good information about the the top 2 of fast growing careers in IT industry. esl china

jameslinen
jameslinen

I am sure that this is an inspiration to those our young IT???s looking for the great job. online english

anandmistry
anandmistry

I am 100% agree with both industry. I think designing and data analysis are really big job for any business. Because, it turns in to business success. I have concern with internet marketing. There are many internet marketing guys and strategy makers are rocking. I have very less ideas about it. Can you give me more ideas about it? Because, I have mind bubbles regarding it. What is future of strategy makers who are base to make success on internet.

jellymccain
jellymccain

I definitely agree that a Network systems and data communications analyst is the fastest growing career. Today, IT has become an important a part of the modern life. The importance information technology (IT) is that it transmits info yet as stores and analyzes information. Horse Medicine

jeanymeets
jeanymeets

I agree for this article content about the top two fast growing IT careers. Actually, this is the reason why I???m taking business training for now.

ashishs2424
ashishs2424

Mobile Technology. I know Computer Software Engineer was mentioned but look at the number of apps (free & paid) that are available in Droid & iPhone store. With the infusion of various tablets, Droid OS being on many phones & tablets, I believe that the list needs to include Mobile Technology coders & technicians explicitly. Just my 2 cents.....

Media Asset Management
Media Asset Management

I've lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over 30 years and have never been out of a job, even in these tough times. The Dallas job market is relatively decent, especially if you're in the IT industry. Here's a list of Dallas IT jobs if anyone is looking: http://www.insourcegroup.com/dallas-it-jobs

davidnor
davidnor

What you see locally isn't representative of the entire industry. I travel for a large O/S company, and I see development shops all around the country. I walk into a large hotel chain, and out of a floor with 200 people, 125 are from India, several from other countries. I happen to know that their pimp is being paid $60-$80/hour for them, and they're probably getting 30-60 of that. I see the demand for resources first-hand, and I think it's sad that our kids aren't planning to fill those positions. Yes, the demand is great, and many need to learn how to sell themselves into this market.

Keit_Larry
Keit_Larry

before showing these statistics, you'd better add the country, region of these titles. different country have different salary base.

Gitau Rodgers
Gitau Rodgers

Honestly I think this career is over flooded especially by young graduates and therefore it's no longer a fast growing career. The salary average given is also more than ten times than actual salary. Please don't take statistics from a single place and give them as an average

leledumbo
leledumbo

In what countries does this apply? Here in mine, a fresh graduate's average salary is only around $ 5,600, while the senior one (2-5 years) could perhaps get $ 10,000. That's still more than 8 times lower than your statement.

justgold79
justgold79

Data communications is really growing.

ClaudiaVandermilt
ClaudiaVandermilt

I completely agree with the information systems analysts. A quick look at the news will prove the need for more info and security experts.

210Admin
210Admin

Its very good to know that IT careers will be around for a long time. I like these two careers on here also, but keep in mind there are many other careers in IT you can take on too with no problem of them diminishing over time

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Job Titles... I've had that title just for development, jobs where I've actually engineered software where there wasn't a mention of it. If you want a career in software, first thing to do is ignore what any HR numpty type says, writes, thinks or believes. Do what you are asked for when it's asked for as well as you are allowed, all else is ego inflation. I bet 80% of them are cookie cutters....

JDSAL
JDSAL

Considering the continued trend towards cloud computing and mobility, a greater emphasis on the network that enables these capabilities is growing.

clertem
clertem

Coderz Rulez the world....

Karan230424
Karan230424

plz help me to know more about network system analyst bcoz i want to make my career in it only.and if possible than give me the information about the companies where i cud apply for the same post.

chris1ring
chris1ring

Is this supposed to be a Network/Communications Programmer, which is a useless field, or a router/switch/firewall guy?

javabuddy
javabuddy

average salary mentioned for SE is really very high here I don't see people getting that much money leave apart taxes needs to be paid.

suzan.reagan
suzan.reagan

Right now the national occupation projections done by BLS http://data.bls.gov/oep/nioem?Action=empios&Type=Occupation are available and might be a better indicator on long term job openings compared to the tight hiring market we see today. It is difficult to say where the fallout of the current recession will leave the IT field in the future.

Con_123456
Con_123456

Turn yourself from the negatively discriminated minority into a positively discriminated majority or minority. If you understand what I mean. :) Or move to a country where your jobs are being outsourced - it is not just North Korea.

Quackula
Quackula

Sure if you live overseas in China or India. Other than that this article is joke and filler for this website.

Ravnor
Ravnor

Why the reference to jobs hired through 2016? Did I stumble into a time warp??

yovincent
yovincent

I heard SharePoint is Microsoft's fastest growing business software, so you'd think SharePoint admins and/or developers would be listed, but it's probably too specific.

e-computer
e-computer

Yeah. When I hear about an average of $87k I'm laughing. Really? I know people who work in the public sector who don't make more than that with over 10 years experience. You really need to know your stuff to get those numbers. I'd suggest more like, $40k to start and $50 after a year? Like, where are people getting these numbers?

procommtech8128
procommtech8128

I agree somewhat with the article. Especially if software engineer jobs are being bought back to the US from overseas. But I totally agree with what Claudia Vandermilt states. Information Security is and will be always in demand.

jbm1605
jbm1605

Cant tell if trolling or just really stupid.

Pete Russell
Pete Russell

I have a friend that is a principal recruiter for Oracle Corp and she says many of the engineer positions are being brought back in house to the states. And therefore demand for ENGINEERS is increasing.

HypnoToad72
HypnoToad72

I do feel sorry for people pursuing degrees in IT. The demand isn't there, there are few opportunities to advance, everybody wants x number of years' worth of experience (even for products that aren't out yet or haven't been out for a time longer than the x number of years being asked for)... and , of course, the students are the ones who end up paying for it all. Seems a tad unfair... Until there is a sign that our ROI is a reality, investing in IT just seems to be the ultimate fools' errand.

jkameleon
jkameleon

... the usual insidious bankster/university/IT industry propaganda, targeted at young people deciding about their college study, who have to plan about 5 years in advance. Universities & banksters can't shout shortage directly at the moment (imminent-critical-talent-shortage style), so they use their usual phony statistical projections. I mean... software engineer!? C'mon! In the countries that offshore, it's a degree in uselessnes. Dead sure way of falling into the student loan trap, and remain saddled with that debt for life.

Geekaholic
Geekaholic

You reminded me of a call I got from a recruiter. She asked me how many years of experience I have on Windows 2008 server systems, which I answered 3 years. And her response was "Oh, we are looking for a senior guy with minimum 10 years experience in win2k8 systems". I said Thanks and wished her all the best for her search and hang up the line.

Superar1960
Superar1960

I have been dealing with them for 34 years (no time warp here). The majority of them resally just want to close a deal to make up their salary. They have little idea of what they are trying to fill person wise, and so apply generalisations. Yes I am guilty myself of this. I have worked with a single recruiter all my working life, he to me is like gold dust (no I cannot name him for obvious reasons). Once you find one that can add up, knows product lifecycles, and thus 2008 is 3 years old etc, stick with that person forever! Otherwise you end up with a saleman, who doesnt understand IT, but trys to persuade otherwise. so if anybody has 20 years experience of Windows 2014 let me know, I have a vacancy to fill.

networkcableunplugged
networkcableunplugged

Funny how they are looking for someone with 10yrs experience in Win2K8 Server when the actual software has only been around for 3yrs and change.. Hmmmm I think she must be looking for a time traveler instead... How can you possibly have 10yrs experience in this software when it's only been out for a little over 3? Recruiters are funny...

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