Career Paths

Are you interested in what work is available in the IT field? Read on to learn about a few careers in I.T.

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) Scientist

This scientist teaches computers how to think like super-smart humans. Because computers can send, receive and examine a lot of information very quickly, they will help doctors make quick, life-saving decisions. Artificial Intelligence will also help machines understand human speech and obey commands.

An A.I. scientist goes to school for a long time. They must understand many complex technologies — both human and computer. This scientist often works in research teams for large colleges, and their projects can take years to complete.

Bioinformatics Scientist

Bioinformaticians use computers to understand Biological issues. Many biological experiments contain so much information that several computers are need to decipher the meaning and generate new discoveries. Solving Bioinformatics questions requires knowledge in many fields: Biology, IT, Chemistry, Physics, Math and Statistics, as well as Writing and Communication,

Database Administrator

A database is a collection of information that's been organized and stored in a computer. This information can be searched and retrieved quickly. Many businesses, libraries, charities and other groups use databases everyday.

A database administrator keeps the information safe and accurate. This might mean "backing up" or putting the information on another computer or device in case the main computer gets damaged. Sometimes the administrator will update the information, create new databases or help other people find what they need.

Computer / Web Programmer

The programmer speaks the language of the computer. Whether the programmer is creating software or a web site, one uses a specific combination of letters, characters, and numbers (known as "code") to tell the computer what action to take or what screen to display.

While a programmer may specialize in a certain area, like web development, one often uses several types of code to complete a project. Some programmers are self-employed, and they work for companies anywhere in the world. Some work in teams for large companies. Programmers must have a lot of patience to type, test and revise the many pages of code required to talk to a computer or the Internet.

Hardware Designer / Engineer

Hardware is the part of technology that you can put your hands on. It can be anything from a computer chip to a cell phone to a DVD player. Today's hardware can't just be fast and smart, it must look good and be easy to use as well.

A hardware engineer loves gadgets and electronic devices. They design the look of the hardware and plans how it will work with other types of hardware and software. An engineer often creates a "prototype" or model of their design to see how their ideas act in the real world. These prototypes rarely work the first time, so an engineer must design and test them over and over until they're ready for everyday use.

Multimedia / Game / Web Site Producer

Creating a multimedia project — whether it's a game, a CD, a DVD, or a web site — is like making a movie. Many people are involved: artists, writers, programmers, musicians, and sometimes actors. A few web sites can be completed quickly, but games often take a year or more of hard work before they can be sold to the public.

A producer needs a wide variety of skills to create a successful multimedia project. The producer has to supervise a team that may be located across the country, and keep them working towards the same goal. They must complete the project on schedule and for a certain amount of money. A producer may work for alone or may be part of a larger company. This field changes quickly, so one must enjoy exploring and learning new technologies.

Network / Systems Administration

Big companies have a lot of computers that need to work smoothly and talk to each other safely. These computers are joined together by a "network," and often use the Internet to communicate. If the network goes down, even for a few minutes, a company can lose money or valuable information. More dangerous, however, is the possibility of a computer virus infecting the system. These viruses can delete information, destroy hardware or shut down the whole system.

A systems administrator is very important to the success of a business. They keep the computers running so that other employees can do their work. They have to stay up-to-date on current technologies, especially in the area of software and security. This is a fast-paced job, and many systems administrators are "on call" at any time — day or night.

Technology Support / Help Desk

Everybody needs a helping hand sometimes — especially when they've just bought a new computer or installed new software. While most companies provide tech support by telephone, some will come "on site" to a home or business. With the popularity of the Internet, however, many customers are getting help through live online chats or email.

A support person is like a detective, they must ask questions and gather clues to help discover the source of the customer's problem. They must be smart, but also very patient and understanding. A support person usually specializes in one area, like one piece of software. Because most help is provided by phone or Internet, technology support can be located just about anywhere around the world.

Technology Trainer

Technology changes so quickly that most people must continue their education for years after they've graduated from school. Many need to have computer skills to get a job, keep their current job, or get a promotion. Some go to schools that specialize in teaching the most popular software. Large businesses often hire trainers to keep their employees productive on the latest versions of hardware and software.

A technology trainer combines a love of teaching with a love of technology. They must be patient, enjoy working with people, and be comfortable talking in front of an audience. They will often travel to large cities to lead workshops on software, hardware or programming. A trainer may specialize in software, or have a broad knowledge of many different computer systems.

Technology Writer / Journalist

Whenever a company creates a new gadget, toy, or software, somebody has to write the directions or user manuals. That somebody is a technology writer. And when magazines, newspapers or television want to describe the latest discovery in technology, they need somebody who can understand what it does. That somebody is a technology journalist.

A technology writer is like a translator, one "decodes" complicated technologies and makes them simple enough for the average person to understand. One must put themself in the place of the user, and figure out how another person might be confused by the technology. Their writing guides the user step-by-step in a learning process. A technology journalist writes about events, people, and inventions. They must have a fun writing style to keep their audience interested in the topic.

More options for each specific path are found below.

Bioinformatics Path

  • Bioinformatics Data Analyst
  • Database Analyst-Bioinformatics
  • BioStatistician-Bioinformatics Scientist
  • Bioinformatics Software Developer
  • Bioinformatics Research Associate
  • Java Swing Developer with Bioinformatics Background
  • Genomic Scientist, Molecular Biologist, Genome Scientist
  • Statistical Geneticist
  • Molecular Informaticist
  • Geneticist- Programming/Statistics
  • Java Developer for Bioinformatics
  • Technical Project Manager for Clinical Trials Database
  • Principal Scientist
  • QA/QC Technician - Food Industry
  • Scientific Software Developer
  • Scientist, Target Discovery
  • Macromolecular Analyst
  • Microarray Data analyst
  • Computational Chemistry/Biology Research Investigator (Ph.D)
  • Scientist — Gene Design
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Scientific Recruiter / Clinical Recruiter
  • Food Science Technical Services Coordinator
  • Scientist - Pharmacogenetics/Epigenetics
  • Medical Informatics Scientist
  • Software Specialist - Biology/Chemistry
  • Fellow/Senior Fellow Safety Genomics
  • BioMedical Expert
  • Biotechnologist
  • Agricultural Biotechnologist

Business Information and Operations Management Path

  • Academia
  • IT Business Manager
  • IT Business Analyst
  • IT Business Manager
  • IT Analyst

Computer Science Path

  • Academia
  • IT Operations Analyst
  • Programmer
  • IT Service Desk Representative
  • Systems Administrator
  • Global Sourcing Manager
  • IT Project Manager - Oracle Financial and 170 Systems
  • IT Project Manager
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • Software Engineer - PHP - AJAX - Unix - C ? Perl
  • Software Engineer- Server Applications or Java Engineer
  • Software Engineer (FORTRAN/C/Unix)
  • Software Engineer- Wireless Handsets
  • C++ Software Developer
  • Software Engineer - Java
  • Regional IT Manger
  • IT Field Engineer
  • IT Developer
  • .NET Programmer - C# Programmer - Software Engineer
  • Software engineer, Linux System Developer, Linux, Red Hat
  • Java/J2EE Software Engineer
  • IT Technician- Sharepoint, Exchange, VMWare Pro
  • IT Technician
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Director
  • IT Instructor

Health Information Technology Path

  • IT Healthcare
  • Enterprise Architect - IT -Healthcare
  • Database Analyst-Healthcare
  • Physicians Solutions IT Architect
  • Manager, IT Quality- Medical claims Systems

Software and Information Systems Path

  • Academia
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Engineering Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Strategy Facilitator
  • IT Audit Manager
  • IT Recruiter
  • IT Manager
  • IT Systems Analyst
  • IT Security Architect
  • IT Security Manager
  • Network Security
  • Cyber Security Director
  • Technical Software Tester
  • System Engineer, Transportation Software, Trucking, SQL
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • IT Test Engineer- Automation
  • Software Tester
  • Helpdesk Support
  • Management Information Systems (MIS) IT Manager
  • QC IT Systems Data Coordinator
  • IT Vendor Management Analyst
  • IT Governance
  • Software Scientist