Industry Research Guide – Information Technology


By Jasen Williams  |  vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps  |

Published in the November/December 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

RecruitMilitary encourages job seekers to use this guide to learn about the information technology segment of the economy and the job opportunities within it.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, has published projections on employment in the Information sector of the economy for the years 2010 through 2020; visit www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_207.htm. That sector includes four subsectors. On an “Industries at a Glance” page for each subsector, the BLS provides various statistics, including employment and layoffs, employment by occupation, earnings, and numbers of establishments. The subsectors include:

Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services: www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag518.htm

Other Information Services: http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag519.htm

The BLS also has an “Industries at a Glace” page for the Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing subsector of the Manufacturing sector: http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag334.htm

Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, has contains eight chapters on Computer and Information Technology Occupations. Each chapter covers the nature of the work, the work environment, qualifications, pay, job outlook, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.

(1)   www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm

(2)   www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-programmers.htm

(3)   www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Computer-support-specialists.htm

(4)   www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Computer-systems-analysts.htm

(5)   www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm

(6)   www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts-web-developers-and-computer-network-architects.htm

(7)   www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm

(8)   www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Software-developers.htm

The contacts for more information include:

(1) The Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org), an educational and scientific society that provides a digital library and serves its members via publications, conferences, and career resources. Its “Computing Degrees and Careers” pages, at http://computingcareers.acm.org/, include sections on:

Top 10 Reasons to Major in Computing

Faces of Computing

Computing Disciplines and Majors

What Computing Professional Do

Skills You’ll Learn If You Study Computing

Cool Computing News

(2)  The Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), www.computer.org/portal/web/guest/home. IEEE members have free access to more than 3,500 online courses, ranging from Java to Cisco to project management.

(3)  National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), located at the University of Colorado, www.ncwit.org/. The NCWIT Resources page is at www.ncwit.org/resources.summary.html.

Under the heading of “Management Occupations” in the Occupational Outlook Handbook is: www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm

Under “Office and Administrative Support Occupations” is:

www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/desktop-publishers.htm

Under “Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations” is:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/computer-atm-and-office-machine-repairers.htm

Under “Architecture and Engineering Occupations” is:

www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/computer-hardware-engineers.htm

The “Why Choose CSE (Computer Science and Engineering)?” page of the CSE Department at the University of Washington, www.cs.washington.edu/prospective_students/undergrad/whycse has links to videos called  “Power to Change the World,” “Pathways in Computer Science,” “Making a Difference in the Developing World,” and,  “A Day in the Life”; and a link to an archive of other videos of students and their projects.

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University has links to three videos from its Information Technology Lecture Series at: http://huntsman.usu.edu/htm/videos/

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET; www.abet.org) accredits more than 3,100 programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology at over 650 colleges and universities worldwide. To find programs in your state, click on “Accredited Program Search.”

Another source of information on IT jobs is the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA; www.sia-online.org),  which consists of more than 60 companies that account for 80 percent of the semiconductor production in the United States. Its membership page, http://www.sia-online.org/about/members/, contains links to members’ websites, and most of those sites have “careers” pages.

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI; www.itic.org) is an advocacy and policy organization. Its member companies page, http://www.itic.org/about/member-companies.dot, contains logos that are linked to the companies’ websites.

To learn about the issues, the major players, and the general buzz in IT, I suggest that you read magazines on the subjects. Most such magazines are available both in print and on line; some are available only on line. Here is a sampling:

CNET                       www.cnet.com

Computer                www.computer.org/computer

Computerworld       www.computerworld.com

Macworld                www.macworld.com

Maximum PC          www.maximumpc.com

PC Magazine           www.pcmag.com

PCWorld                  www.pcworld.com

The Wikipedia portal on IT is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Information_technology

 

 

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers