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: 2012-2022
The Information Technology Cluster which, along with Human Services and Health Science, is one of the fastest growing clusters in Virginia, employed slightly more than 226,000 Virginians in 2012. This cluster is expected to employ over 57,000 more Virginians in 2022, for a total of about 283,000. This represents 25 percent growth over the decade, exceeding the anticipated national average growth of 17 percent among all occupations in this cluster, a figure based on Trailblazers analysis of information from Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on occupations in the Information Technology Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia(PDF).
What They Make...
2013 Median Wage
2022 Projected Employment
Predominant Level of Education
Employed in Virginia
|Software Developers, Applications||$102,890||43,914||Bachelor's degree or more||33,373|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$110,800||41,871||Bachelor's degree or more||31,321|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$95,280||40,198||Bachelor's degree or more||31,016|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$87,210||24,272||Bachelor's degree or more||20,146|
|Computer Support Specialists||$50,460||23,048||Bachelor's degree or more||18,404|
|Computer Programmers||$75,900||11,531||Bachelor's degree or more||10,331|
|Computer Occupations, All Other||$97,330||9,930||Bachelor's degree or more||10,295|
|Database Administrators||$91,580||7,764||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||6,215|
|Technical Writers||$72,970||3,832||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||3,085|
|Computer and Information Research Scientists||$112,770||2,219||Bachelor's degree or more||1,901|
|Computer Hardware Engineers||$115,640||2,320||Bachelor's degree or more||1,982|
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||$56,440||1,331||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||1,152|
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Virginia.
Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022.
Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
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.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Information Technology
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
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.
Nontraditional Careers: Occupational and Employment Information
- 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? - 2016 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.