Job Profile: Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and Information Scientists are on the cutting edge of the future of the computer science field. The research and develop new technologies and find new uses for existing technologies. They also use technology to solve problems across a wide array of fields.

Salary: 
On average, Computer and Information Research Scientists earn between $57,220 and $151,900 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research critical issues in computing and develop models to address them.
  • Assist Engineers and Scientists  solve complex issues with computer issues.
  • Develop new computer languages, tools and methods to improve the way people use computers and other technologies.
  • Improve existing software systems and develop new ones to enhance users’ computing experience.
  • Test software systems and make improvements to them.
  • Analyze results from experiments
  • Write articles for academic journals about their research and other findings in the field.

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Logical Thinking
  • Advanced Math Skills
  • Creative Thinking
  • Ingenuity
  • Strong Research Skills

Degree and Experience Requirements:
For one to become a Computer and Information Research Scientist, they usually need to have a PHD in Computer Science or a related field such as Information Science or Computer Engineering. It will typically take and addition 4 to 5 years after one earns their Bachelor’s Degree  to earn a PHD. In addition to taking a variety of Computer Science classes, PHD students should expect to select a specialty in the field to do intensive additional research on. Some computer scientists who work in a specific field may need to take specific classes such as Biology or chemistry for those going into the Biomedical field.

Getting Started:
In general, one needs a very high level of education to become a Computer and Information Research Scientist. However, while one is in schools there  will be plenty of opportunities for one to gain professional experience through internships, fellowships and summer job opportunities. By gaining professional experience, a student can gain valuable professional experience and open doors to jobs when they finish their education.

Future Outlook: 
It is expected for the demand for Computer and Information Scientists to grow by 15% in the next ten years, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This can be greatly attributed to the growing use of computing in everyday life, and the need for Computer Scientists to research and develop the new technologies that will power the future of computing. Another major growth area is Data Mining which is the process of collecting  of user information by companies to target advertisements specific to those users. Computer Scientists are essential to Data mining because they create the algorithms that are used to collect information and more importantly use the information to determine which ads, among many other things, would be the most effective in reaching that specific user. Possibly more importantly, Computer Research Scientists are essential in the realm of Cyber Security and determining how to prevent hackers from causing major security breaches. Computer and Information Scientists are very important to keeping confidential and private information secure online in this age of cloud computer and off-site storage.

Companies That Employ Computer and Information Research Scientists:

  • Federal Government
  • Computer Systems Design
  • College, Universities, and other educational institutions
  • Scientific Companies for Research and Development
  • Software Publishers

Traits of A Good Computer and Information Research Scientists:

  • Curious
  • Highly technical
  • Data-driven
  • Thoguhtful

Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

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Job Profile: Electronics Engineer

Electronics Engineers are responsible for designing, building, testing and maintaining anything from portable electronics to generators that power entire cities. They are responsible from turning electronics ideas to functional products and then maintaining and upgrade products to assure the best performance. Engineers need to be highly technical and also need to do the meticulous calculations needed to design electronics.

Salary: 
On average, an Electronics Engineers earns between $56,490 and $136,690 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
The average starting salary for an Electronics Engineer is $55,200 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design new  electronics to improve everyday user’s lives
  • Perform advanced calculations to develop  manufacturing, constructions and installation specifications
  • Oversee manufacturing process to ensure it meets specifications outlined in initial design process
  • Investigate user complaints and develop solutions to solve the issues
  • Work with project managers to ensure the products are completed accurately, ob-budget and on-time
  • Develop electronic components, software. products and systems
  • Analyze customer needs and determine electronics system requirements
  • Develop testing and maintenance procedures for electronics
  • Evaluate existing systems and recommend changes to improve and repair existing products
  • Inspect equipment to make sure they meet safety regulations
  • Plan upgrades and modifications to improve technical performance

Necessary Skills:

  • Focus
  • Taking initiative
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Advanced Math Skills
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Design Skills
  • Electronics skills

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Most entry-level Electronics Engineer positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology. It is very important when considering Colleges to choose an engineering program that is ABET accredited to assure one is getting an industry-relevant education. Another thing to consider when looking at colleges are Cooperative programs, where students can gain real world, professional experience while in school. Certain Colleges also offer a five-year engineering program where a student can graduate with both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Certifications are less common in Electronics Engineering than it is in Electric Engineering, however it is still strongly encouraged to stand out in the job market, especially for those working for the government or government agencies. Those who pass the certification tests receive the designation “Professional Engineer” and require one to complete the following:

  • Earn a degree from a ABET-acredited Engineering Program
  • Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
  • Earn Real world Experience
  • Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, can be done right after graduating college and those who pass are referred to as Engineers in Training (EiTs) or Engineering Interns (EIs). Once one has work experience EITs can take the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam and become a full professional Engineer. After becoming certified, one still must take continuing education courses to maintain their certification throughout their career.

Getting Started:
The best way to get started as an Electronics Engineer is to go on one or more internships while in school. These internships are crucial in gaining professional experience and networking with professionals in the field and gaining profession experience. Interning shows potentials a candidate has worked professionally and that they are serious about their career and want to excel professionally.

Future Outlook: 
The outlook for Electronics Engineers over the next 10 years is expected to grow 4%. This is slower than the average for all careers and is likely, due the decline in manufacturing. However, due to the increase in everyday electronics there is also a lot of growth expected and more portable computing devices are used. There is also a rise to hiring engineers on a contract basis and not hiring them internally full time. However, as the world becomes more electronic, Electronics Engineers will be needed to build the next big thing.

Companies That Employ Electronics Engineers:

  • Engineering Companies
  • Power Companies
  • Instrument Manufacturing Companies
  • Semiconductor and Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing Companies
  • Telecommunications Companies
  • Architecture Firms

Traits of A Good Electronics Engineers:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Free thinker
  • Logical thinking
  • Patience
  • Problem solver
  • Willing to learn
  • Team Player
  • Technically inclined

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Engineering Schools
EngineerSalary

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Industrial Designer

Industrial Designers are responsible for designing all our favorite products we know and love. They work on product teams and create designs and schematics for products and take those ideas and turn them into  prototype products, They are also responsible for choosing the materials and processes that are used in the manufacturing process.

Salary: 
On average, an Industrial Designer earns between $34,610 and $94,250 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
The average starting salary for an entry-level Industrial Designer is $51,029 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Consult with clients to determine design needs
  • Research products and how they will be used
  • Sketch either by hand, or on a computer to visualized ideas
  • Use computers programs to create virtual models of design concepts
  • Create prototypes of their designs
  • Examine materials and production costs to determine manufacturing needs
  • Work with other specialists to determine if their designs fill a need at a reasonable cost
  • Evaluate Product Safety
  • Determine whether designs are practical for users’ needs
  • Present designs and prototypes to clients or higher ups

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Artistic Ability
  • Computer Skills
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mechanical Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Business Savvy

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Typically, one only needs a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design, Architecture, engineering or another related field. While in school, they learn Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) programs, sketching, manufacturing methods and materials and other subjects essential to the process of design. Applicants often need to submit a portfolio of their work along with their application to show examples of their work. While in school, projects provide students to build a professional portfolio  which can help them attain a job after school. While most Industrial Designers may only need a Bachelor’s Degrees, it is often wise to earn a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), possibly down the road, in order to gain business skills. These skills come in handy when working with clients and determining design needs that fit within a firm’s budget.

Getting Started:
As with many fields, internships provide students and recent graduates opportunities to work with professional designers and build a professional portfolio of one’s work. There are also freelance opportunities for designs on a project by project basis and can lead to full-time opportunities.

Future Outlook: 
Demand Industrial Designers in expected to grow only by 4% over the next 10 years, which is slower than the average for all occupations. Consumers are demanding more new products now more than ever and can help to sustain the demand for designers. However, due to automation and increase in affordable manufacturing technology, demand in Manufacturing is expected to decrease significantly.  However, design software is becoming more readily available so it is very possible for one to be design their own products and be self-employed. With new technology and crowd-funding, anyone with a good idea is able to build their own business and sell their own products. It is also more common to hire designers on a project by project basis as needed to support product teams.

Companies That Employ Industrial Designer:

  • Manufacturing
  • Design Firms
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Architectural
  • Engineering

Traits of A Good Industrial Designer:

  • Free thinking
  • Artistic
  • Thoughtful
  • Eye for Design
  • Humility
  • Team Player
  • Artistic vision

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Design Schools
Students Review

 

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Technical Writer

Technical writers are a combination of journalists and technicians who write documentation for technology products, services and concepts. The documents they produce vary from instruction manuals to white papers to websites  to any other support documents that aid users to understanding how to use technology. Technical Writers take technical concepts and make them easy to understand for end users  and produce documentation best suited to the product or service’s target market. The need for technical writers has become more and more important as the world uses more technology in their everyday lives.

Salary: 
On average, a full-time Technical Writer earns between $38,700 and $65,500 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
The average starting salary for Technical Writers is approximately $35,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Determine end users’ documentation needs
  • Talk with Product Developers and Designers to understand how products are used
  • Work with technical staff to make products easier to use for end users and require less documentation
  • Organize and write documentation for products
  • Create graphics. diagrams animations and charts to improve user’s comprehension
  • Select the proper medium to reach the target audience
  • Develop content standards across platforms
  • Gather feedback from customers, manufactures and designers
  • Revise documents as new issues and needs arise

Necessary Skills:

  • Communication Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Inter-personal Skills
  • Technically Savvy
  • Imaginative
  • Team work
  • Writing Skill

Degree and Experience Requirements:
In general, Technical Writers need a degree in English, Journalism, Communications or another related writing field. Employers also often require a technical writer to have expertise in a specific field such as Computer Science or Engineering.  Web design skills are also beneficial to Technical Writers due to the rise of the web documentation. The same could be said for video production skills since video documentation has increased exponentially since the cost of producing and distributing video has dropped significantly.

There are industry-specific certifications  Technical Writer can earn from professional organizations. These are organization are those  such as the American Medical Writers Association for the medical writing field. While these certifications aren’t mandatory, they can help a candidate advance and can also lead to further advancement opportunities.

Getting Started:
One can get a start as an intern while they are still a student, with a company that employes technical writers. There is also a great demand for self-employed technical writers who are hired by companies on a project-by-project basis on a freelance basis. Working freelance is a great way for a recent graduate to gain experience and professional work which could lead to full-time opportunities.

Future Outlook: 
The demand for Technical Writers is expected to grow about 15% over the next ten years. This growth is greatly attributed to the growth of technology and scientific products and services as well as web services. As technology advances and people become more dependent on it in their daily lives, there will be an increasing need for skilled individuals to write documentation. Growth should continue far into the future and should be a great source of new jobs in an increasing number of industries.

Companies That Employ Technical Writers:

  • Professional Services
  • Scientific Companies
  • Technical Services
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Information Companies
  • Company Administration/Management
  • Waste Management and Remediation

Traits of A Good Technical Writers:

  • Organized
  • Strong Writer
  • Eye for design
  • Quick Thinking
  • Patient
  • Communication
  • Thoughtful

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
I’d Rather Be Writing
Indeed

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Graphic Designer

Graphic designers are responsible for creating and designing graphics for a wide variety of formats including applications, websites and publications, both print and digital. Designers work with their supervisors or clients to determine what they need to create and use a wide range of tools, to turn their ideas into a reality.  Design work is being done more on computers than by hand  now, which makes it essential for a designer to be tech savvy and can learn software tools used in design.  In addition to full-time opportunities, there is a thriving need for freelance designers to work on a project basis which can be a viable career for those who build a good reputation.

Salary: 
On average, a Graphic Designer makes between $26,250 and $77,490 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
The average starting salary for a graphic designer is between $29,641 and $37,843 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Meet with clients or higher ups to determine needs for a project
  • Advise clients on how to appeal to specific audiences
  • Determine the message the project  should portray
  • Create graphics, illustrations, logos and website designs
  • Choose colors, images, text styles and layout for projects
  • Present projects to supervisors
  • Change projects as suggested by client or higher-ups
  • Review designs for errors before publication

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Artistic ability
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Creativity
  • Computer Skills
  • Time management
  • Artistic eye
  • Out-of-the-box thinking
  • Problem Solver

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Graphic designers typically require a Bachelors of Arts degree in graphic design or another artistic field. They  also need to have technical skills for computer software and other tools  they will need to use. In addition to taking  traditional arts courses, it is wise for aspiring Graphic Designers to take courses in writing, web design, marketing and business as they would be helpful for a graphic designer’s career. Graphic Designers often are responsible for creating websites and sometimes responsible for writing the content to populate the site and sometimes for marketing the site as well. Graphic designers who are well rounded in both design and business have more opportunities and can be a major asset on a project team.

Getting Started:
To get started as a graphic designer, an internship can open up a lot of doors while one is a student and can lead to full-time or freelance opportunities after school. Internships also give one real world work that they can use as a part of a portfolio to show their work to potential employers. Most employers require Graphic Designer candidates to submit a portfolio so they can get a sense of their work and see if it is what they are looking for from their employees. Graphic design work is often done on a contract or freelance basis where a designer works on a specific project or task and then move on, and this can be a very comfortable living if one builds a good client base. Freelancing can be a great opportunity to get started and build a portfolio of work and there are some instances when a client may bring a freelancer on full-time.

Future Outlook: 
Employment for Graphic designers is expected fro grow 7% in the next ten years, which is slower than the average for all occupations. There will be shrinking opportunities for graphic designers in traditional media, such as newspapers, magazines, and other print media however, there is a rising demand for them for web media , portable devices, websites and videos. There is a large amount of competition for Graphic Design positions, so having a portfolio of one’s best work is crucial in standing out from the pool of other candidates. There are also more opportunities for those who have experience with multiple types of media such as websites and print publications.

Companies That Employ Graphic Designer:

  • Manufacturing
  • Design Services
  • Newspapers, publications, books and other publishers
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Design Firms
  • Wholesale trade
  • Web design firms

Traits of A Good Graphic Designer:

  • Creative
  • Artistic
  • Responsible
  • Team Player
  • Eye for design
  • Passionate for Design

Sources:
AOL  Jobs
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Chron
Logo Design Guru

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer Hardware engineers are responsible for researching, designing, and developing the electronic components that goes into everyone’s favorite electronic devices. They create the latest and greatest computer components such as circuit boards, processors and other parts pushing the world electronics to the next level of performance. Computer Hardware Engineers play a crucial role now more than ever as more and more things go electronic and users want to do more with their devices.

Salary: 
On average, a Computer Hardware Engineer makes between $63,970 and $150,130 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
The average starting salary for a Computer hardware engineer is $61, 738 per year.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design Computer Hardware
  • Make blueprints for equipment to be built
  • Test designs and analyze results
  • Update existing hardware to work with new software
  • Supervise the manufacturing of computer hardware
  • Keep Up-to-date with the newest trends of computer engineering and new technologies

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Speaking Skills
  • Advanced Math Skills

Degree and Experience Requirements:
An entry-level Computer Hardware Engineer  typically have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer or Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. There is a lot of overlap between Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, however, Computer Engineering also has an emphasis on Computer Science and programming. When selecting a program, one should focus on those schools that are accredited by the ABET (The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Candidates from accredited programs are often favored by employers. One should have a solid background i math and science as it will be essential in their Engineering courses. It is also important to have a knowledge of computer programming which one can learn from Computer Science courses.

For higher level engineering positions or specialized position, candidates may need to have a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering or sometime, employers may want a candidate with a Masters of Business Administration. No matter what position one obtains, one must expect to continue to learn thought their career to keep up with the latest technologies.

Getting Started:
To get started as a Computer Hardware Engineer, one will need at least a Bachelors degree as previously mentioned, and it is also beneficial for one to gain professional experience via an internship.  An employer is often more likely to hire an intern than a outside candidate as they typically already know how the company operates.

Future Outlook: 
Over the next 10 years, it is expected that the demand for Computer Hardware Engineers will grow 7%, which is less than the average for all occupations. This is greatly due to the fact that there is currently much more room for innovation in software than there is in hardware. Also, is a lot more automation in the manufacturing process reducing the need for engineers in that field as well. However, do not be discouraged, because there is growth in computerize devices and embedded computing in household devices. This will help grow the demand for computer hardware engineers as more everyday devices become computerized and more high-tech.

Companies That Employ Computer Hardware Engineers:

  • Computer Systems Designs
  • Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • Research and Development for Physical, Engineering and Control Instruments Manufacturing
  • Electromedical Device Manufacturing
  • Control Instruments Manufacturing

Traits of A Good Computer Hardware Engineer: 

  • Patience
  • Innovative
  • Advanced knowledge of mathematics
  • Strong technical expertise
  • Problem Solving
  • Mechanical Skills

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
CampusExplorer

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Systems administrators create, maintain and repair computer systems and networks for a company. They are responsible for keeping an organization’s network infrastructure operational and operating at peak performance. They need to be able to solve network issues quickly and effectively and stay calm in a network crisis. As the world becomes more digital, Network and Computer Administrators will be more crucial in keeping the digital world running seamlessly.

Salary: 
On average, a Network and Computer Systems Administrator makes between $44,330 and $115,180 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
The average starting salary for Network and Computer Systems Administrator is approximately $45,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Determine organization needs for network and computer systems
  • Install, maintain and upgrade network hardware and software as necessary
  • Ensure network and computer system security
  • Evaluate system performance and optimize systems for peak performance
  • Add and manage users on network and estimable network security permissions
  • Train users to properly use hardware and software
  • Resolve issues for users and maintain automated alert systems

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Multitasking
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Troubleshooting

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Most employers only require a Network and Computer Systems administrator to have a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science, Information Science or another related field. However, a degree in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering as these degrees usually include computer programming, networking or system design. Networking is an ever-changing field and Systems Administrators will have to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies throughout their career. Depending on the business and the complexity of the systems, they may require a candidate to earn a Master’s Degree, if not initially, they may ask that one earns it down the road.

Certifications for specific hardware and software that can give a job seeker a competitive advantage over those without those certifications. Certifications are great because they go beyond simply listing a skill on a Resume, they prove one’s ability to an employer and proves a candidate really has the chops.

Getting Started:
To get started as a Network and Computer Systems administrator, one should gain real-world expereince  with an internship while in school. Employers are much more likely to hire former interns than an outside candidate.

Future Outlook: 
Demand for Network and Computer Systems Administrators is expected to grow 12%, which is the average for all careers. The demand for information technology workers is extremely high as more business use technology  to replace traditional solutions. Cloud computing may slow the demand for System Administrators in some fields as more companies have their infrastructure in the loud and administered by third-party vendors. However, companies that provide cloud computing services will have a greater demand for systems administrators.

Companies That Employ Network and Computer Systems Administrator:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Information Companies
  • Computer System Design Firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Government (Local, State and Federal)
  • Private Business

Traits of A Good Network and Computer Systems Administator:

  • Patience
  • Problem Solver
  • Open Minded
  • Friendly
  • Always willing to Learn
  • Calm under pressure

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
CMDLN
Global Post

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Computer Information Systems Manager

Computer Information Systems Managers are the supervisors for Information Technology departments and coordinate IT operations. They oversee both help desk and network operations and plan future IT development for an organization.  They develop both long and short term goals for an organization and propose the benefits to upper level or executive management. There are several levels of Information Systems Managers at various levels and roles, from networking, to security to the Chief Information or Chief Technology Officers who run the entire Information Technology organization.

Salary: 
The average Computer Information Systems Manager makes between $74,940 and $187,200 annually

Average Starting Salary:
Entry-level Computer Information Systems Managers should expect to make approximately $48,360 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Determine organization’s computer needs and recommend upgrades to upper management
  • Plan and oversee both hardware and software upgrades
  • Maintain organization network and file security
  • Analyze costs and benefits of upgrades and other projects and justify them to executive leadership
  • Research new technologies and research ways to upgrade the organization’s information systems
  • Determine staffing needs for both the short-term and the long-term
  • Plan and supervise the work of other technology professionals including: systems analysts, developers, security analysis’s and support specialists
  • Communicate with vendors to get the best level of service for the organization’s needs

Necessary Skills:

  • Management
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Budgeting
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Customer Service

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Computer Information Systems managers require a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems or another related technical field. However, because this this a management level position, it is likely that one may need a Masters in Information Systems or a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Experience or education in Business is highly desirable in this role because it is very much a business oriented position.

Getting Started:
As it’s name implies, it is a management level position and is not typically a role a recent college graduate would hold. Most organization would like a candidate for this position to have 3-5 years of expeirence in Information Systems. Many organization may promote a information technology employee into this role who has proven themselves and wants to move up in the organization. Higher level Computer Information System Mangers, such as Chief Technology or Chief Information Officers, require over ten years of experience. However, it is important to keep in mind that the amount of experience required is dependent on the size of the organization. Smaller companies typically don’t require as much experience as a large company, due to the scale of the role.

Future Outlook: 
The demand for Computer Information Systems Managers is expected to grow 15% over the next ten years. As organizations continue to adopt wireless and mobile technologies, they will need more IT staff to maintain them. There is rapid job growth in the Healthcare industry which has been increasing their usage of information systems. In healthcare alone, the need for Information Systems Managers is expected to grow 42%. It is important to note, that the growth of cloud computing may shift some the demand for Information Systems Managers from within organizations to the technology firms who provide these services.

Companies That Employ Computer Information System Managers:

  • Computer Systems Organizations
  • Information Systems Companies
  • Financial and Insurance Companies
  • Management
  • Government

Traits of A Good Computer Information System Managers:

  • Organization
  • Good Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Forward thinking
  • Business-minded

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
DegreeTree

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Information Security Analysts

Information Security Analysts plan and execute security measures to protect an organization’s information systems and network.  There is a growing need for security analysts as cyber attacks become more common and more complex. Security Analysts, need to stay one step ahead of hackers at all times by testing systems and ensuring safety from cyber attacks. They also must continue to learn about new security measures and how implementing them can enhance their organization’s security.

Salary: 
The average Information Security Analyst earns between $49,960  and $135,600 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
Starting salary for a Information Security Analyst is around $39,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Monitor networks for security breaches and investigate breaches when they occur
  • Install equipment and software such as firewalls to protect the organization’s sensitive data and network
  • Create written reports of security breaches and what damage was caused
  • Audit security via penetration testing to simulate attacks looking for vulnerabilities in a system to exploit.
  • Research latest trends in Information Technology security and report back to higher-ups.
  • Plan and execute methods for ensuring security.
  • Develop security best practices for their organization that ensure security
  • Recommend security upgrades to management to further secure
  • Aid end-users in installing and understanding new security software and procedures

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Ingenuity
  • Problem Solving
  • Forward thinking
  • Researching Skills
  • Advanced knowledge of security

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Typically one needs a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, or another related field. Many schools are now offering a concentration or degree programs specifically in Information Security as it is such a critical field for technology professionals. For those schools who don’t have a specific Security program, many offer courses that give one a good knowledge of Information security. Some employers may want a candidate to have a Masters of Business Administrations (MBA), which adds approximately two more years of schooling after one earns their Bachelor’s Degree.

There are also many Licenses or certificates one can earn to verify their knowledge to a potential employer. Typically one needs to pass a course and/or an exam to certify their knowledge in a particular area. Candidates who hold one of these certificates can stand out to future employers and are more likely to be selected for a position because they are  hold certifications in their area.

Getting Started:
Generally, to become a Information Security Analyst, one needs to have prior experience in the Information Technology field. Most employees typically start as network or systems administrators or for those going into database security, Database Administrators. However, it is  possible for a candidate with any IT experience to become an Information Security Analyst with the right prior work experience. Systems Analysts, for example, are often chosen systems security positions as they have experience already managing systems.

Future Outlook: 
The outlook for Information Security Analysts expects that the demand will increase 37 percent, far greater than the average growth of all occupations. As more organizations rely on computers to storage and maintain sensitive information, it is important to have a skilled professional to protect the data and network. Cyber attacks are becoming more common now more than ever, and hackers are becoming more sophisticated in how they are exploiting security flaws. In addition to the growth expected in Health Care information systems, the Federal Government is expected to need Information Security Analysts to protect cyber security on a national level.

Companies That Employ Information Security Analyst:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Information
  • Computer Systems design organizations
  • Management of businesses

Traits of A Good Information Security Analyst:

  • Detail oriented
  • Analytical
  • Data-driven
  • Focused
  • Passion for technology

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
GlobalPost

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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Job Profile: Computer Systems Analysts

As a Computer Systems Analyst, one analyzes an organization’s needs and develop systems to further meet their needs. Analysts bring business and information technology together into solutions to increase effectiveness and productivity with in an organization. They are also the ones responsible for analyzing the cost and benefits of new technologies and keeping an eye on new technologies and how they can impact a business. In addition, they maintain and upgrade existing systems to assure they continue to function as expected.

Salary: 
Computer Systems Analysts typically earn between $49,950 and $122,090 annually.

Average Starting Salary:
On Average, an entry-level Computer Systems Analyst earns $51,000 annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Discuss with Managers the role information technology plays in an organization
  • Research new technologies and determine if they would benefit the organization
  • Analyze cost and benefits to determine whether new systems and upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Determine methods of adding new functionality to existing systems
  • Develop new systems by selecting and configuring hardware and software to meet organization needs
  • Supervise the installation and configuration of the news systems and customize them for organization needs
  • Test systems and ensure they work as expected
  • Teach end-users how to use systems and write documentation

Necessary Skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Troubleshooting
  • Research skills
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Computer Systems Analysts typically require at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a computer field and often it is good for them to take business courses. Some organizations prefer a candidate to have a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems. While these are the norms, many Computer Systems Analysts have Liberal Arts Degrees and gained technical experience outside of school. It is also important that System Analysts continue to stay up-to-date on all the latest trends to stay competitive. Depending on the business they work in, it may be important for them to have knowledge of that business such as health care.

Getting Started:
Typically, one can get started as an intern with an organization and possibly be hired after graduation. Candidates with Bachelors and/or Masters Degrees are more likely to selected by employers for higher level positions.

Future Outlook: 
The demand for Computer Systems Analysts is expected to grow 25% over the next ten years, which is significantly higher than the average for all occupations. As organizations become more dependent on technology to meet their business needs, analysts will be necessary to design and install new systems. The growth of cloud computing and mobile technologies will also increase the demand for people who can build systems around these new technologies. Healthcare is expected to be a major area of growth as technology is adopted and information security is a priority. There is also going to be an increase in the demand for consulting analysts who are hired for a specific project and move on.

Companies That Employ Computer Systems Analyst:

  • Computer Systems Design
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Information Companies
  • Government

Traits of A Good Computer Systems Analyst:

  • Patience
  • Forward thinking
  • Focus
  • Good Communication skills

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Chron

About the Author

MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, Gdovin.net. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.

 

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