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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job growth for network and computer system administrators was 12% from 2002-2012. For computer and information system managers, the rate was 15 percent. The projected income for IT professionals is easily in the six figures, $120,000 or more, depending on your background and experience. It’s a growing industry which isn’t going to go away.
When it comes to information technology (IT) positions, many companies want you to have a bachelor’s degree, but experience and training in the industry can substitute for this. Many companies understand that it can be difficult to work all day, then go to a classroom for training.
More online training is available to you than ever before. Here are four resources that are leading the industry in online training for IT professionals:
Computer Hardware Training
For computer hardware training, there are online training courses available that cover all of the essential information that you need to know to start a career as an IT professional. In these courses, you can learn to install operating systems, perform preventative maintenance and develop networking, security and troubleshooting skills. If you’re already in IT, online IT training company PluralSight, which has raised $169 Million in the last 3 years focuses on training hardcore developers and IT professionals. However, if you are brand new to IT, don't have any formal computer hardware or software training, or are looking to change careers, an online course can still be highly valuable.
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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) celebrates its 70th year in 2016. It is an organization dedicated to computer technology, with more than 60,000 members. Not only does it sponsor technical conferences, it also publishes scholarly journals and magazines for those in the industry. The IEEE Computer Society also provides job and career resources. According to National Public Radio (NPR), networking is one of the best ways to find a job. Joining a society such as IEEE keeps you active in the industry and gives you a chance to meet other individuals who need your talent.
Since 1982, CompTIA, originally the Association of Better Computer Dealers (ABCD), has been a leader in the IT industry. The name changed in 1990 to reflect a more expanded scope of activities. They advocate for the IT industry to make technology widely available. Again, it is a professional organization that offers networking to help you find other professionals in the industry. Events to keep you up to date are another tool in your arsenal to find a job.
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IT specific job boards
SmartRecruiters lists CrunchBoard as one of the top niche job boards. It is dedicated to Internet and tech jobs around the United States. Crunchboard is easy to join and upload your resume. It’s powered by PersonForce, a leader in the job market industry.
Dice.com is another leading job board according to SmartRecruiters. Dice.com specializes in six different industries, one of which is technology. One of the nice things about Dice is that you can search jobs by skill. You don’t even need to log in to their site to get information about many of the jobs. However, you can track your progress and upload your resume at Dice.
IT professionals have many options when it comes to specialization in their field. The health industry has a growing need for computer technicians who are experts in security protocols to keep patient’s private health information secure. Logistics is a growing opportunity for IT personnel. Computers are a critical part of every business in the world, and it takes expert IT professionals to keep them running. Don’t forget to check your local college or technical school for classes. Many offer online learning centers for computer IT professionals that will keep your credentials fresh and moving forward.