Career Information

Sample Career Pathway

Job Outlook and Transfer Opportunities
The job outlook for computer related specialists/technicians looks promising in the foreseeable future. Employment is expected to increase faster than the average. Job prospects should be good, especially for those with a college degree and relevant skills.* All related positions will see a significant increase in employment with the greatest increase in the networking and data communications area.

Possible Positions
Network Technician - Monitor and optimize network performance, manage and troubleshoot a local area network or a wide area network, maintain a stable connection to the Internet

Network Administrator - Oversee the performance, maintenance and upgrade of networks, manage network technicians

PC Technician - Responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of PC's within an organization

PC Coordinator - Similar to the PC technician, except responsibilities are broader, including the planning, purchasing, and managing of computer and computer-related assets within a company, some networking experience may also be required

Help Desk Technician - Help users with specific hardware and software issues

Computer Security Specialist - Responsible for keeping company data secure from both internal and external threats

Average Pay

  • Vincennes University reports starting salaries from $32,000 to $44,000 with an averaging starting salary of $38.000
  • Median annual wages of wage-and-salary computer support specialists were $43,450 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $33,680 and $55,990.*
  • Average wage of $41,000 in Indiana, an estimated 4% higher than the national average.

Salary Information
Computer and Mathematical Occupations - $64,170
Computer and Information Research Scientists - $96,060
Computer Systems Analysts - $71,090
Computer Programmers - $68,190
Software Developers, Applications - $70,500
Software Developers, Systems Software - $82,090
Database Administrators - $63,120
Network and Computer Systems Administrators - $60,800
Computer Support Specialists - $42,010
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects - $66,220
Actuaries - $104,660
Operations Research Analysts - $70,740
Statisticians - $56,440

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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