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IT (Information Technoogy) workers are a major part of the economy and allow many other workers to complete their daily tasks and routines. IT workers provide support to all major industries that use computers. These industries, for example manufacturing and design, rely on IT professionals to set up the infrastructure that allows them to do their work. As one example, the vast majority of product design is now done on computers and then produced by machine. This rapid fabrication would not be possible without IT workers. IT enables the daily processing of every task; be it office work or manufacturing.

Careers in Information Technology involve the support and installation of communications and information infrastructure. Workers in the IT industry can include software programmers, technical support, computer help desk support, network administrator and many more.

Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide...

Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban...

Apply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the...

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of...

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general...

Develop and execute software test plans in order to identify software problems and their causes.

Job growth in information technology has been consistently stronger than any other profession. Developments such as outsoucing have been offset by advancements in technology and demand for increased productivity. Job growth should continue to be very strong on a global level. In the past decade, we have witnessed the broad transformation of our society into the "Information Age," which means the reliance on information and the transmission of that information to be our primary economic value and product. IT workers have built, supported, and innovated systems that enable the information economy.

Jobs in computer science, programming, and Information Technology usually require advanced and specialized degrees. The typical educational background for an IT worker is a degree in Computer Science or Mathematics with an emphasis on computing. Although some certificate programs are available in IT, strong acadmic work through college level is usually required.

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