Information technology (IT) professionals are more than just folks skilled with computers. Theirs is a demanding, and sometimes even a prestigious profession, with the growing popularity of the Silicon Valley and whatnot. The training they undergo is grueling, as well as the licensing procedures. That’s why companies like Comptia A+ endeavor to help make certification and other related processes easier.
Because of this, it’s easy for people to assume that IT professionals get paid good money – and are in constant demand as well. This can’t be far from the truth if they’re only looking at pay grades and industry demand.
The online salary watchdog PayScale paints a relatively good picture for aspiring IT professionals. There are five major jobs listed: senior systems administrator, information technology specialist, SharePoint administrator, support technician, and helpdesk technician. Senior systems and SharePoint administrators obviously earn the most with a national average ranging from $60,588 to as much as $110,738 a year. As for IT specialists and support/helpdesk technicians, a minimum of $30,000 a year and a maximum of $72,700 isn’t bad at all.
Systems analysts, however, are due for a great future for the remainder of the decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that by 2020, this sector alone is to grow a good 22 percent. What this means is that there will be more opportunities for people who are skilled in both business and IT to find good-paying jobs. Salaries of $80,000 a year aren’t uncommon in this field.
As for demand, Asia seems to be a top destination for IT professionals. In Singapore, the IT job market is predicted to see an increase in recruitment this year in the IT field. Experts believe it’s due to technology becoming a larger and larger fact of life in numerous industries, even accounting. China is also shaping up to be an IT hub.
Recruitment firm Robert Walters believes that a so-called ‘Digital Revolution’ is fueling constant demand. More companies are moving from traditional retail to e-commerce, prompting the need for specialists. And with people adopting business digitalization efforts faster than ever, it’s likely that s slowdown won’t be experienced soon.