The Information Technology cluster is about entry-level, technical, and profession careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. Employment prospects are good for computer network architects, information security analysts, and Web developers. As technology advances across the globe, it is important to have individuals who understand and can support the new technological demands. This field required employees to have high-level degrees in certification.
Produced by: Stafford Academy for Technology, Governor’s STEM Academy, Stafford County Public Schools
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
Information Technology is one of the fastest growing career clusters. According to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology employed 3.7 million people in 2010 and is expected to employ 4.5 million by 2020. Employment in IT occupations is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2010 and 2020 – faster than the expected growth rate for all occupations of 14 percent.
The report Employment Projections for Information Technology, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make...
|OCCUPATION||Employed in VA||Typical salary*||Typical entry-level education|
|Computer and information research scientists||1,900||$61K–$159K||Doctoral or professional degree|
|Computer hardware engineers||1,450||$65K–$155K||Bachelor's degree|
|Computer network architects||10,510||$54K–$146K||Bachelor's degree|
|Computer network support specialists||7,020||$35K–$100K||Bachelor's degree/ Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Computer programmers||8,660||$44K–$123K||Bachelor's degree|
|Computer systems analysts||27,380||$50K–$125K||Bachelor's degree|
|Computer user support specialists||19,170||$28K–$78K||Bachelor's degree/ Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Computer, ATM, and office machine repairers||3,070||$22K–$58K||Some college|
|Database administrators||5,760||$44K–$121K||Bachelor's degree|
|Information security analysts||10,330||$50K–$139K||Bachelor's degree|
|Network and computer systems administrators||20,770||$45K–$117K||Bachelor's degree|
|Software developers, applications||37,990||$56K–$144K||Bachelor's degree|
|Software developers, systems software||28,150||$63K–$151K||Bachelor's degree|
*10th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Information Technology Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Information Technology:
- Information Support & Services (Word)
- Network Systems (Word)
- Programming & Software Development (Word)
- Web & Digital Communications (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Nontraditional Careers: Occupational and Employment Information
Current research relative to employment sectors and information on occupation supply and demand. The information is presented in two formats: a summary brief and a detailed report.
- Executive Summary – Information Technology in Virginia (PDF)
- Information Technology in Virginia (PDF)
- Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals
- Center for Innovative Technology
- Association of Information Technology Professionals
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2015 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.