If you love technology and you’re looking for a job with high pay and a solid occupational outlook, you’re in luck: the tech sector is booming and IT occupations are expected to continue growing over the next decade. These jobs also pay far more than the median wage for all occupations.
People with jobs in information technology (IT) use computers, software, networks, servers, and other technology to manage and store data. Information technology job titles can vary greatly from one company to another. For instance, one company may recruit for a “developer” where another company recruits for a “programmer” — but the work may be precisely the same at the two companies, despite the difference in job titles. Also, many of the Skills in this field are transferable which means candidates may be qualified for many different roles.
If you are searching for positions in IT, it’s helpful to take a look at a broad list of job titles so that your search can include all of the relevant roles. Browse through this list of information technology job titles to see which ones are applicable for your job search.
You might also use this list to encourage your employer to change the title of your position to better fit your responsibilities.
Information on the Field of Information Technology
According to the Bureau of Labour statistics(BLS), jobs in IT are growing well above average rates of all other occupations, with 13 percent growth expected from 2016 to 2026.
This growth is no big surprise, as technology continues to flourish with new websites, applications, and products launching constantly. The BLS predicts that the IT industry will add 557,100 new jobs by 2026. These occupations are high-paying: the median annual salary for IT jobs was $84,580 in May 2017, more than twice the median wage for all jobs.
The “Internet of Things,” or web-connected products, has been a major development in the information technology industry the same way mobile apps were a few years ago.
Now, it is common for baby monitors to be viewable through a personal online stream. It’s also common to be able to set home alarms, start the coffee brewing, or turn the heat on and off remotely, by using web-based apps.
The other important development in the IT field is the advent of cloud computing. There is currently high demand for cloud architects, cloud software and network engineers, cloud services developers, cloud system administrators and engineers, cloud consultants, and more.
Top Information Technology (IT) Job Titles
Below is a list of some of the most common job titles from the IT industry, as well as a description of each. For more information about each job title, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbookk.
Cloud Computing Engineers
Computer computing engineers define, design, build, and maintain systems and solutions leveraging systems and infrastructure managed by cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
- Cloud Architect
- Cloud Consultant
- Cloud Product and Project Manager
- Cloud Services Developer
- Cloud Software and Network Engineer
- Cloud System Administrator
- Cloud System Engineer
Computer Network Specialists
Computer network specialists and analysts define, design, build, and maintain a variety of data communication networks and systems. They typically have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. Some also have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), with a focus in information systems. Computer network architects can earn relatively high salaries – the median salary is $104,650.
- Computer and Information Research Scientist
- Computer and Information Systems Manager
- Computer Network Architect
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Computer Systems Manager
- IT Analyst
- IT Coordinator
- Network Administrator
- Network Architect
- Network and Computer Systems Administrator
- Network Engineer
- Network Systems Administrator
- Senior Network Architect
- Senior Network Engineer
- Senior Network System Administrator
- Telecommunications Specialist
Computer Support Specialist
Computer Support Specialists and network administrators help computer users and organizations. Some of these workers support computer networks by testing and evaluating network systems and ensuring that the day-to-day operations work. Others provide customer service by helping people with their computer problems. Some require a bachelor’s degree, while others need an associate degree or post-secondary classes.
- Customer Support Administrator
- Customer Support Specialist
- Desktop Support Manager
- Desktop Support Specialist
- Help Desk Specialist
- Help Desk Technician
- IT Support Manager
- IT Support Specialist
- IT Systems Administrator
- Senior Support Specialist
- Senior System Administrator
- Support Specialist
- Systems Administrator
- Technical Specialist
- Technical Support Engineer
- Technical Support Specialist
Database administrators help store and organize data or companies and/or customers. They protect the data from unauthorized users. Some work for companies that provide computer design services. Others work for organizations with large database systems, such as educational institutions, financial firms, and more. These jobs are growing at a faster-than-average rate, with an expected 11 percent growth in jobs between 2016-2026.
- Data Center Support Specialist
- Data Quality Manager
- Database Administrator
- Senior Database Administrator
Information Technology Analysts
IT analysts are responsible for designing and implementing organizational technology for businesses. They create solutions for collecting and analyzing market data, customer input and client information.
- Application Support Analyst
- Systems Designer
Information Technology Leadership
Leadership in IT draws from candidates with strong technology backgrounds and superior management skills. They have experience in creating and implementing policies and systems to meet IT objectives, and the ability to budget the time and funds necessary.
- Chief Information Officer (CIO)
- Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
- Director of Technology
- IT Director
- IT Manager
- Management Information Systems Director
- Technical Operations Officer
Information Security Specialist
The increased incidence of security breaches and the associated danger of identity theft has enhanced the importance of protecting data on commercial and governmental sites. Information security analysts help defend an organization’s computer network and computer systems. They plan and carry out a variety of security measures, such as installing and using software, and simulating cyber-attacks to test systems. Information security jobs are expected to grow much faster than average, with an increase of 28 percent between 2016 and 2026.
- Information Security
- Security Specialist
- Senior Security Specialist
Software Developers design, run, and test various computer programs and applications. Application Developers create new applications and code solutions. They usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. They also have strong programming skills. Software developer jobs are expected to grow by about 24 percent from 2016-2026. The average salary of a software developer is $103,560.
- Application Developer
- Applications Engineer
- Associate Developer
- Computer Programmer
- Java Developer
- Junior Software Engineer
- .NET Developer
- Programmer Analyst
- Senior Applications Engineer
- Senior Programmer
- Senior Programmer Analyst
- Senior Software Engineer
- Senior System Architect
- Senior System Designer
- Senior Systems Software Engineer
- Software Architect
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
- Software Quality Assurance Analyst
- System Architect
- Systems Software Engineer
- Front End Developer
- Senior Web Administrator
- Senior Web Developer
- Web Administrator