INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Information Technology provides • Computer & Information Scientists • Management Analysts • Marketing Managers • Database Administrators • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software • Multimedia Artists & Animators • Business Operations Specialists • Sales Engineers • Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts • Graphic Designers • Film & Video Editors • Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians • Computer Support Specialists • Sound Engineering Technicians • Desktop Publishers • Audio & Video Equipment Technicians • Surveying & Mapping Technicians
Did you know? IT is an industry in itself, but IT jobs are also found in every other industry. Careers in IT are open to anyone with the proper skills and education.
cutting-edge jobs for those looking for a high-tech career in an exciting field. A job in IT, and the skills and education related to IT, creates opportunities and opens doors to many industries and occupations. If you are interested in doing something different every day, thinking outside the box and working with the latest technology, an IT job might be the career path for you. Technology is evolving everyday – come define where it’s going.
Step 1: Identify your interests
Compare your interests, skills and work values with IT occupations using Labor Market Information’s Career Explorer: Visit www.coworkforce.com/lmigateway • Click on “Services for Individuals” • Choose “Career Services” This will take you to “Career Explorer” where you can match your skills to occupations.
Step 2: Explore the IT industry & careers
Learn about high-growth, in-demand careers and what they pay on the LMI Gateway website: www.coworkforce.com/lmigateway For more information on a career in IT, check out www.coloradotechnology.org/education
Step 3: Find education, training & financial aid options Discover the best education or training institutions for your career goals and how to get money for school at www.collegeincolorado.org
Step 4: Find available job openings www.connectingcolorado.com
Senior Forensic Animator, Knott Laboratory in Centennial, CO Depending on the day, Thomas could be playing with his RC helicopter around the office or skipping lunch to make last minute changes to animations. As a forensic animator, he digitally re-creates car accident scenes, structural collapses, electrical fires and electrocutions. Some of his animations are later used in court cases. Thomas says the best part of his job is putting all of the gathered data and scene evidence (such as tire or gauge marks) on the screen and bringing it to life. He actually gets to “see” and understand how accidents happened or who caused them. While Thomas has a degree in computer animation, he says a degree isn’t required. What you know and how you apply it makes you shine in his industry.
Who do you want to be tomorrow? Occupation
Average Hourly/Annual Wage
Computer & Information Scientists
$45.45 / $94,531
$43.06 / $89,567
$56.02 / $116,523
$34.84 / $72,464
Suggested Programs of Study
Conduct research into fundamental computer & information science as theorists, designers or inventors. Solve problems of computer hardware & software. May include project management.
Work experience + Bachelor's Degree
Engineering & Technology Management, Management
Work experience + Bachelor's Degree
Conduct organizational studies/evaluations, design systems/procedures & prepare manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently. Determine the demand for products/services & identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies to maximize profits & ensure customer satisfaction.
Microsoft Database Administrator
Coordinate, test & implement changes to computer databases. May plan & implement security measures.
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
$47.25 / $98,273
Apply the principles of computer science & mathematical analysis to design, develop, test & evaluate software & systems.
Multimedia Artists & Animators
$24.99 / $51,969
Business Operations Specialists
$33.99 / $70,694
Computer Aided Drafting, Communication Media/ Multimedia Technology, 3-D Graphics & Animation, Game Design &/or Motion Graphics & Animation
$41.99 / $87,329
Computer Science, Information Technology, Applied Computing Technology
Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts
$37.13 / $77,238
Applied Computing Technology, Network Specialist in Information Systems
$21.64 / $45,007
Graphic Design, Art & Design, with Graphic Design Emphasis
Film & Video Editors
$30.22 / $62,853
Communication Media/Multimedia Technology, Broadcast /Video Production, Film/Video Technology &/or Video Production
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians
$27.74 / $57,695
General Electronics Technology, Electrical Engineering
Computer Support Specialists
$24.53 / $51,027
End User Support Specialist, Computer Service/ Network Technology, Computer Support Technician/ Information Systems
Sound Engineering Technicians
$18.60 / $38,687
Post-secondary vocational training
Communication Media/Multimedia Technology, Video Production
$25.93 / $53,939
Post-secondary vocational training
Create special effects, animation or other visual images using film, video or computers for use in computer games, movies, music videos & other products. Administer & manage a variety of business operations from human resources to financial services. Project managers are often in this job category.
Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background. Analyze, design, test & evaluate network systems, such as LAN, WAN, Internet & Intranet. Perform network modeling, analysis & planning. Design or create graphics to meet specific needs, such as packaging, displays or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic effects.
Edit motion picture soundtracks, film & video. Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair & modify developmental/production electronic components, parts, equipment & systems. Work under engineering staff.
Provide technical assistance to computer system users. Operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix or reproduce music, voices or sound effects in sport, theater, recording or movie & video environments.
Format typescript & graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
Audio & Video Equipment Technicians
$18.24 / $37,935
Surveying & Mapping Technicians
$20.76 / $43,173
At least 1 year of on-the-job training
Set up & operate audio & video equipment for concerts, sports events, presentations & conferences. May also set up & operate custom lighting systems. Adjust & operate surveying instruments, such as electronic distance-measuring equipment. Compile notes, make sketches & enter data about the earth & various features.
1-12 months on-the-job training
Communication Media/Multimedia Technology, Film/Video Technology &/or Video Production Geography &/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Surveying & Mapping
President of Global Sight Partners in Denver, CO Barbara has two main types of workdays: some are spent in Denver and others are spent working on international projects around the world. A Denver day involves meeting with IT leaders about projects involving their international partners. When traveling, she could wake up in India, Vietnam, London or a variety of exciting destinations to meet with client leaders and work with them on improving their projects. Barbara says that the IT industry needs people with all sorts of life experiences and education levels, but it helps to have a solid academic background. She is living proof that there is no such thing as a typical job and that a range of opportunities can take you around the world. To learn more about occupations & resources, visit www.MetroDenverCareers.com
www.doleta.gov/OA/brochure/ Information%20Technology_new. pdf
The Emily Griffith Opportunity School offers a Voice Data Video Technician apprenticeship: www.egos-school.com/ apprenticeships/public/ voicedatavideo
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