Did you know that in 2017 the information technology industry employed approximately 98 thousand individuals in the state of Minnesota across a wide range of organizations, from technology to finance, healthcare, and education? Information technology is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation and Minnesota is one of the top states with a high demand and need for IT talent. Projections estimate over 100,000 IT professionals will be employed in MN by 2024!
This is the first in a series of blogs which will serve as an introduction to information technology careers, from the trends and drivers impacting change, to the career paths and earning potential, as well as future blogs with a discussion about how to be career ready for the IT industry.
What is Information Technology?
“Broadly, information technology can be defined as the use of computing via various components (e.g. hardware, services, software) to develop, manage, transform, share and store information in different forms. Example components of information technology include the following:”
Top Career Paths in Information Technology
Careers in information technology deal with the creation, design, management and maintenance of the multiple areas of the system, including software, hardware, networks, systems integration and multimedia. Overall, information technology occupations can be divided into four broad career pathways:
Top skills and certifications needed in Information Technology in Minnesota?
Find out what the top 2017 technical skills and certifications are in the state of Minnesota. We have a one page summary of 2017 IT Career Trends available to download in IT Connect, the career portal for Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence. Check out this resource in IT Connect and watch for future IT Career blogs.
Sources: TalentNeuron Recruit aggregate online job postings. www. wantedanalytics.com accessed August 23, 2017. Counts of job postings in 2017 by employer were available January 1 – June 30, 2017. Includes staffing agencies and positions posted anonymously on sites including Craigslist and Thumbtack. Employment counts from Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) for Minnesota, 2007 and 2017 and Employment Outlook 2024. http://www.computerscienceonline.org/information-technology/#
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