Not only do jobs in the Information Technology sector offer the opportunity to work on the cutting edge in a creative industry, jobs in IT are among the fastest growing and highest paying. What’s more, with a little bit of training, there are many jobs in IT that you can start in right out of high school.
Here are five of the top growing jobs in IT that you can get without a degree*:
Telecommunications Engineering Specialist
Average Salary $74,500 | Job Demand 2020: 14,000
Telecommunications Specialists are responsible for overseeing interaction between computer systems, communication methods, and devices. In addition, they may participate in the installation and maintenance of these systems, including their repair and testing.
Webmaster / Administrator
Average Salary $67,300 | Job Demand 2020: 5,000
Webmasters manage and maintain websites, taking into account functionality, appearance, content, and performance. This role focuses on the technical aspects of web maintenance, such as building servers and troubleshooting, but also involves updates to design or adding new sections.
Energy Analyst / Auditor
Average Salary $66,000 | Job Demand 2020: 3,300
Energy analysts measure energy efficiency, analyze data on energy use, develop an energy model for buildings, recommend improvements, and assist contractors with technical support for installations.
Network / Systems Support Specialist
Average Salary $54,000 | Job Demand 2020: 21,500
Network systems support specialists install and train users in the proper use of hardware and software. They also interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that a problem exists.
Computer Support Specialist
Average Salary $46,700 | Job Demand 2020: 199,500
Computer network support specialists, also called technical support specialists, analyze, troubleshoot, and evaluate computer network problems. They play an important role in the routine maintenance of their organization's networks, such as performing file backups on the network.
These are just a sample of the top jobs in IT that you can get without a 4-year degree. They do however require some training, and in some cases a certification. For high school students interested in pursuing a career in IT, our Stride Career Prep programs offers an IT curriculum with training in six specific pathways including cybersecurity, digital design, game design, networking, programming, and web communications. Learn more about this program and our other Career Prep pathways here.
*Source: Burning Glass Technologies