Is a Career in Information Technology Right for You?

by Olson, Randall Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Do you enjoy setting up and troubleshooting computer systems and networks? If so, a career in the rapidly growing field of information technology could be ideal for you. There are many different types of job opportunities for skilled IT workers. Some of the most popular entry level positions include: software implementation and support, network technician, telephone technical support, and web development.

Most large companies have one or more information technology specialists on staff. Individuals who work in these types of jobs typically need to have a well rounded background in all aspects of IT, as they are responsible for setting up new systems, troubleshooting software and hardware problems, maintaining network connectivity, training end users, and performing various other tasks necessary for keeping the company's computer equipment and systems fully functional at all times.

There are even more job opportunities with companies that create or market computer software, hardware, and related systems. Organizations that provide information technology products and services, such as those that create and install software applications, provide IT training, and manufacture computers and related equipment often have a large number of IT professionals on staff. In these types of organizations, information technology workers typically specialize in one, or just a few, different aspects of the company's operations.

Qualifications for an IT Career
If a career in information technology appeals to you, you'll need to acquire the skills you need to gain entry level employment prior to looking for a job. You'll also need to seek the appropriate IT certifications so you will be able to validate your abilities to prospective employers. Many employers require entry level employees to have industry standard credentials such as the CompTIA A+ and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications. Additional certification credentials are often necessary for advancement into higher level jobs.

Whether or not you need to earn a degree to be considered for employment in the field depends on the type of information technology career you wish to pursue. If you want to be a computer engineer, then you will need to earn a degree in computer engineering. If you want to be a software installation and support technician, however, it's likely that employers will care more about whether you are A+ certified than if you have a degree.

There are many different options for getting prepared to sit for your IT certification exams. If you don't have skills in the field, it's a good idea to enroll in a comprehensive live or online training program. If you already have experience in the field, the best place for you to start may be with taking a practice test for the exams you plan to take. This will help you identify how much training and study you need to complete prior to testing. If you need some help with test preparation, you may want to enroll in a certification boot camp or other type of exam prep course.

Are You Ready for an IT Career?
If you're convinced that a career in information technology is right for you, the first thing you'll need to do is get the training and certifications you will need to demonstrate your potential to prospective employers. Once you have the appropriate credentials, you'll be ready to start making forward progress toward landing the job of your dreams.