Begin An Exciting Career Journey In Technology
While many jobs in the information technology (IT) field do require degrees, there are many people working in IT who started their careers right out of high school, or even while still in school. Our research partner, Burning Glass, has compiled data to pinpoint the best entry level jobs for those seeking a future in information technology. The top jobs for entry level workers in IT include:
Let’s take a quick look at each information technology job on this list, to learn a little more about each IT role…
Computer Repair Technician: this IT position repairs and maintains computers and servers; education required is a high school diploma, with some employers seeking a technical certificate, and most training being done on-the-job.
Help Desk Technician/Analyst: this information technology role provides technical support and assistance, whether on the phone, in-person, or remotely. The support is related to computer systems, hardware, and software; a high school diploma and an accredited vocational certificate and/or associate’s degree will be needed for this role, with most job openings.
Computer Support Specialist: in this IT role you can provide help and advice to computer users and organizations. Specialists with this job title either support computer networks, or they provide technical assistance directly to computer users; applicants looking to land this role will likely need not only a high school diploma, but also a technical certificate… and in some cases a degree may be required.
Systems Support Specialist: this information technology job has an individual troubleshoot, install, and fix computer system hardware and software of all types. This is terrific career choice for anyone who likes mysteries and puzzles; an associate’s degree and/or certification may be required, and applicants may also need to possess an A+ certification from CompTIA.
IT Specialist/Engineer: this IT position is responsible for installing or upgrading components, setting up software, assisting with network administration, and resolving all IT support issues; a high school diploma and some sort of professional certificate are often required, and an associate’s degree may be preferred by some employers.
There are many roles and career paths within the large and ever-expanding professional field of information technology (IT), and there are lots of jobs well-suited to people who seek differing levels of lifestyle and work-location flexibility. If you think a job in information technology may be for you, check out some of Stride’s Career Prep options to learn more!
You can also hear first-hand from experts in the field on how to get started in IT in this webinar: Top 5 Career Tips from IT Experts at Google, Amazon, and Nomadic Learning