information technology jobsWe live in a digitally diverse world: one in which computers and mobile devices connect us more deeply than ever before. And it takes specialized skills to keep those connections working — expertise in technology management, computer systems analysis and design, and telecommunications. With a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from Grantham University, you could fast-track your selection for the information technology jobs you want most in the public or private sector, like software development, computer and information systems management and more.

Here’s where your Master of Science in Information Technology degree could take you after graduation:

Computer and Information Systems Manager

Computer and Information Systems Managers help determine the information technology goals of an organization and plan, coordinate and implement computer systems and activities to meet those goals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the median salary for this position was $135,800 in May 2016.1

  • Some key responsibilities:
    • Direct installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems and suggest upgrades
    • Ensure network and document security
    • Assess costs and benefits of new projects and determine related short and long-term personnel needs
    • Negotiate with vendors for technology services
    • Stay up-to-date on the latest technology advancements and security measures

 

Computer Systems Analyst

Computer Systems Analysts study an organization’s computer systems and procedures to design solutions that maximize effectiveness and efficiency. BLS reports the median salary was $87,220 for this position in May 2016.2

  • The position would require you to:
    • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
    • Research emerging technologies
    • Prepare cost-benefit analyses for management to decide if hardware and software upgrades are worthwhile
    • Choose and configure new hardware and software
    • Customize installation of new IT systems and conduct testing after installation
    • Write instruction manuals and train employees to use new computer technology

 

Computer Network Architect

Computer Network Architects create secure ways for data to move from one place to another, allowing communication from Local Area Networks (LAN) to Wide Area Networks (WAN), within single office intranets and in cloud infrastructure that serves many customers at once. As of May 2016, the median annual salary for this position was $101,210.3

  • Computer Network Architects focus on:
    • Creating plans and layouts for data communication networks
    • Presenting development plans to organization management
    • Maintaining data security using the most up-to-date protocols available
    • Upgrading computer hardware and software to support networks
    • Researching new networking technology

 

Telecommunications Engineering Specialist

Telecommunications Engineering Specialists help manage all aspects of a company’s IT systems, such as Ethernet, security and firewalls, and internal networks, to ensure that wired and wireless systems are in working order for the transmission of data. BLS reports the 2016 median annual pay was $99,210.4

  • Tasks associated with this position include:5
    • Inspecting and maintaining telecommunications equipment to ensure compliance with safety codes and specifications
    • Detailed documentation of a company’s telecommunications equipment
    • Designing hardware and software components for use with existing systems
    • Providing technical support and training to staff and customers regarding telecommunications equipment

 

The Future of Information Technology Jobs

Overall, the information technology jobs market is expected to grow 12 percent through 2024 — higher than the national average for all careers.6 The Master of Science in Information Technology degree program at Grantham University is designed to be completed with 37 credit hours in as few as 24 months, providing the specialized project management and emerging technology training you need to get to the top of this field.

Are you ready to explore a new career with us? Classes begin weekly, so contact us today to get started!

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1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm#tab-5
2https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm#tab-5
3https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-network-architects.htm#tab-5
4https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm#tab-1
5http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Telecommunications_Engineer/Salary
6https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm

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