Schools work to meet increased demand for information technology professionals

Higher education may help prepare individuals for a career in the fast-growing field of information technology.
Higher education may help prepare individuals for a career in the fast-growing field of information technology.

The field of information technology (IT) will continue to grow rapidly through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among its fastest-growing occupations between 2008 and 2018, several computer-based careers are listed.

For example, the bureau said that careers in computer software applications engineering will increase by 34 percent through 2018. Similarly, computer systems software engineering employment could rise by about 30 percent.

As many of these fast-growing careers require a bachelor's degree, individuals who are considering a career in IT may want to consider higher education.

According to PayScale, the average annual salary of an individual in the IT field varies greatly by position. However, these employees typically earn between $57,494 and $86,357 per year.

Increased employment opportunities in the field have inspired many colleges and universities to provide students with programs to meet the demands of IT careers. One such school is Southern New Hampshire University.

The institution recently announced that it will add a bachelor's degree in computer information technology. This program, the school said, will provide students with the foundation they will need to enter the IT field.

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