Share this post Great! Information technology is a rapidly-evolving field that has many specializations that are highly in demand. Fosster research shows that the top 10 most in-demand IT jobs have salaries in the 6-figures range. As the title suggests, here are 5 steps to help you get into the IT industry.
Step 1: Research Entry-Level Positions (what are they? and how much do they typically pay)
Before you start looking for a job, be sure to understand the many specializations in tech. Also, explore your options to find what interests you. Not sure? ITProTV educator Wes Bryan has a plan for you.
Wes shows five of the fastest-growing IT fields in this episode. ITProTV’s How to Get Started in IT YouTube Show. You will be able to get a job in the job market if you specialize in a high-demand field.
If you aren’t sure which area you want to specialize in, you can check out the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ or the A+ Core series. These certifications cover a variety of specializations in information technology and development, so you can get an idea of your daily tasks. ITProTV’s IT Fundamentals+ course can be accessed free of charge when you sign up to become a member. For everything you need to know about IT certifications, see the Ultimate Guide to IT Certifications.
Let’s take a look at some possible job titles that may interest you now that you have an idea of your interests. According to Monster.com these job titles and descriptions are often associated with entry-level IT positions:
Computer Technician:Computer technicians are often responsible for many responsibilities within an organization before they choose a specific area. Computer technicians can work for companies or independently as contractors or own computer repair businesses. Your primary tasks will include diagnosing and fixing hardware issues.
Desktop Support Technician:Desktop technicians troubleshoot everyday problems. You are often the first to respond to any problem within a company as a desktop tech. Depending on the business, you may be responsible for supporting customers and employees. You may be responsible for supporting both employees and customers, depending on the business.
Help Desk Technician: You will be responsible for diagnosing technical issues. You may work with customers and employees as a diagnostician. You will diagnose a problem and then work with customers or employees of the company.
IT Support Analyst: IT support analysts are responsible for enhancing the company’s technology. As an IT support analyst, you will be able to identify potential problems and issues in technology and how companies use it and then try to resolve them. This job requires a strong understanding of software and hardware.
Systems Administrator: As a system administrator, your job is to manage all the computer networks within a company. You will need to adapt technology to your company’s needs as they change. It is important to plan for the future and keep up with technology developments. Your day-today responsibilities include monitoring computer networks, maintaining software, and maintaining hardware and system.
ITProTV’s IT career pathways resource provides a detailed roadmap for your career. It also includes certification and specialization paths. If you are a premium member, you have the option to schedule a private session with ITProTV Learning Coach Services to get a customized plan of action for your next steps in career.
Step 2: Dispel Myths About Starting in IT
Let’s get to the point. The myth that you need a college education to get a job in IT is the beast of all myths. This is false in this age of ever-changing technology. Google and other companies have made it clear that certifications are more valuable than college degrees for employees.
You don’t need a college degree in order to get started in IT. It doesn’t hurt to have a degree. While having both is the best option, you can still get hired in IT by merely obtaining IT certifications and practicing. A college degree will help more in the future with management/leadership type roles within IT, so it’s so