Information Technology Career Review

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Portfolio Project
Professional Plan
Bryant & Stratton College
Southtowns Campus
James Armstrong
Network Security
Mrs. Sedor
March 19, 2014

This paper examines different aspects of the Information Technology field and related career paths. Certain aspects of the IT field were researched and explored in an attempt to learn more about the job market and the IT field. The categories that were explored in each job title were; pay scale, industry growth rate, responsibilities as well as educational background and training. Also examined was the possible over saturation of the job market by qualified but untested applicants in a seriously competitive market. (the number of students expected to graduate versus the
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Several IT field certifications which must be renewed annually are: 1. BMC Software Certifications- to ensure validation of the technical and support competencies needed to plan, deploy, support, and service BMC solutions. (bmcsoftware (2014), ¶ 1) 2. CompTIA A+- certification is the starting point for a career in the IT field. Covers maintenance of PC’s, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems, and printers. (CompTIA. Get IT Certified. (2013a), ¶ 1) 3. CompTIA Mobile App Security+- ensures that developers have the knowledge and skills necessary to design and build secure applications. (CompTIA. Get IT Certified. (2013b), ¶ 1)
By no means is this an all-inclusive list. It doesn’t even cover the basic certifications that technicians should have.

Pay scales various from job to job as one would expect with the biggest difference being around $37,000. The two fields are Information Security Analyst, which tops out at around $86,000. (BLS, 2014a, Pay, ¶ 1) The other job title is Computer Support Specialist and the medium pay rate is around $48,900, which is still a very livable pay rate. (BLS, 2014d, Pay, ¶ 1) This concludes the examination of the different titles, pay rates and educational requirements for but a few of the career paths in the IT
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