Careers in ICT

   

ICT professionals use Information Technology to build connections toward success.

The Information Communication Technology (ICT) program strives to educate students to assume leadership roles where the application of information technology is concerned with the ultimate goal of connecting people, organizations, and communities to enhance their ability to succeed. The broad cluster of occupations that fall within the ICT arena includes:

 

Database Analyst

Privacy Coordinator

Computer & Information Systems Manager

Web Marketing Manager

Information Security Analyst

Digital Strategist

Staff Technologist

Computer Support Specialist

Mobilization Specialist

Government Technologist

Information Assurance Analyst

...and many more.

 

Students in UK's program have the advantage of being able to choose the degree concentration that best fits their career plans from two options, ICT Commercialization and Technology Management.

 

ICT Has a Growing Job Market

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDL) projected growth rates for employment in the ICT sector trends favorably for the ten-year forecast period. Employment projections in all but one of the identified ICT job categories reflect double-digit percentage increases over that term. The projected average annual growth rate, relative to the base year, is positive (approximately 2%) across all the major job categories (such as but not limited to  those related to Computer and Mathematics1, Media and Communications2, and Education, Training, and Library Occupations3). These optimistic projections suggest that the Federal Government anticipates a stable, expanding ICT job market over the forecast horizon. Information Security Analysts, for instance, have a 37% job growth outlook for 2012-22. Other ICT sector jobs such as Web Developers are expected to have a 20% increase, Network and Computer Systems Administrators have an expected 12% increase and Medical Records and Health Information Technicians have a projected 22% increase.

This expansion in the ICT sector-job market can be attributed to a variety of robust initiatives being undertaken in the public and private sectors. Retailers are aggressively shifting more of their business online to circumvent high operating costs (e.g., facilities costs, staffing) and to expand customer reach. The accelerated pace at which the Government is introducing regulatory mandates is serving as a catalyst for increased IT spending by organizations to ensure compliance. The financial and banking industry serves as an example of a sector that has come under heightened government scrutiny since its collapse, resulting in increased government mandates and regulations. And finally, social media continues to exert extensive influence in the public and private sector. Trained professionals are constantly in demand to integrate evolving social media tools into the organization’s IT ecosystem, and to leverage and optimize social media presence online.

 

 

ICT Skills are Sought-After

Hart Research Associates4 conducted an online survey of employers on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The study found that 93%  of employers agreed "a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major." ICT graduates can be confident they have these skills and are prepared to apply them in the workplace as these skills build the foundation of ICT.

A 2014 survey5 by Infoworld's Computerworld of 501 managers hiring IT professionals found the most sought-after IT skills include such ICT-related areas as IT support (44%), Database analysis & development (29%), security (26%), web design/development (18%), data management (17%), among others.

The job market for graduates who understand the technical and human sides of information management is steadily growing. Your skills as an ICT major make you an attractive candidate across the board.

 

Resources:

  1. "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012: 15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations (Major Group)." U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Available: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes150000.htm.
  2. "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012: 27-3099 Media and Communication Workers, All Other." U.S> Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Available: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes273099.htm.
  3. "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012: 25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations (Major Group)." U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Available: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes250000.htm.
  4. Hart Research Associates. "It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success." Liberal Education 99, no. 2 (2013). Available: http://www.aacu.org/liberaleducation/le-sp13/hartresearchassociates.cfm.
  5. “Salary survey: Which IT jobs pay best, which IT jobs are iffy.” Infoworld. Available: http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/148281/salary-survey-which-it-jobs-pay-best-which-it-jobs-are-iffy-240311?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_am_2014-04-11#slide3.
  6. Computer Science Online, "Degree Programs & Majors." Available: http://www.computerscienceonline.org/degree-programs/