By Sarah Stevenson
The job forecast is optimistic for information technology professionals of every stripe. The outlook is particularly rosy if you possess specialized education such as an IT certification or an online IT masters degree—many management-level positions and even some certifications can command triple-digit salaries.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects data on median earnings for a number of general occupations within the information technology sector, and it's easy to see why IT positions are so attractive—you have the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of technology in a field where even entry-level workers earn a competitive income:
|IT Job Category||Annual Median Salary*|
|Computer and Information Systems Manager||$127,640|
|Technical Support Specialist||$50,380|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Computer and Information Systems Managers; Computer Software Engineer; Computer Systems Analysts; Database Administrators; Computer Programmers; Network and Computer Systems Administrators; Computer Support Specialists.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.