Why Have a Career in Information Technology?
IT professionals are drivers of innovation and interact with every level of an organization’s structure. The Information Technology industry has over 11,000 employers that provide jobs to over 89,000 workers. Wages in this industry average $98,096, much higher than the state average of $54,801. Employment increased at a rate of 1.8 percent per year from 2015 to 2020, and represents 3.9 percent of all private sector employment. Missouri’s IT industry overall has a lower employment concentration compared to the rest of the nation, however, some sectors within this industry have higher concentrations in the state, such as Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services and Graphic Design Services.
From Help Desk Technicians to Software Developers, there are a variety of job opportunities in the IT sector. High wages and projected growth make IT occupations a good career choice in Information Support Services and Programming & Development.
Know the Basics
Information Technology careers often involve interactions with clients and team members, so good communication skills and maintaining a professional demeanor are important. With technology constantly evolving and new innovations being discovered, a willingness to learn and apply new knowledge and skills is crucial for success in this industry. Soft skills, such as interpersonal skills, professionalism, and dependability are important in all industries, including Information Technology.
Skills needed for Success
Information Technology has a set of industry-wide technical competencies that represent the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in this industry. Knowledge of databases, applications, networks, telecommunications, and software are important. IT professionals need to be able to provide assistance and technical support to customers and clients. Some of the skills needed for success in this industry include the ability to ensure products and services comply with both legal and regulatory requirements, as well as applying critical and analytical thinking to address problems.