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Computer Network Architect
For those interested in the design of network communication systems, becoming a computer network architect may be a good career move. Network architects determine what technology such as routers, drivers and power systems are needed and then design the system, drafting out where cables and other supporting equipment is placed. They also research emerging technological advances, present recommendations to management and explore information security issues.
Job Growth: 6% during the 2016-2026 decade (BLS)
Computer Systems Analyst
For those interested in determining the computer technology needs for a company and creating plans to modify or build new systems, becoming a computer systems analyst could be the right career move. Systems analysts examine how current systems function, search for new ways to improve efficiency and report findings to management. They also estimate costs, select equipment, supervise installation activities and make sure it all functions as planned.
Job Growth: 9% during the 2016-2026 decade (BLS)
The core function of the job is developing a content strategy based on a company's or client's business objectives and a customer's or end user's needs. Creative professionals in this role oversee content requirements and create a content strategy deliverables across a project life cycle.
Examples: Indeed Content Strategist
Identify and integrate new data from multiple sources, analyzing and evaluating the data to generate insights. A data analyst will retrieve and gather data, organize it and use it to reach meaningful conclusions. Companies in nearly every industry benefit from the work of data analysts, from healthcare providers to retail stores to restaurant chains. The insights that data analysts bring to an organization can be valuable to employers who want to know more about the needs of their consumers or end users. Data analysts can expect to spend their time developing systems for collecting data and compiling their findings into reports that can help improve their company.
Examples: Indeed Data Analyst
Data / Information Governance Analyst
General job duties for data governance analysts may include developing and implementing data standards, guaranteeing metadata is captured correctly, and creating methods for monitoring and reporting any data incidents.
Examples: Indeed Information Governance Analyst
Data Management Analyst
Since data is a valuable commodity, data management analysts supervise activities that protect or enhance its value. Also called managers of information systems, these professionals may direct the movement of data across multiple systems; oversee its validation and organization and make sure that it is available to appropriate people and systems within an organization. Many professionals work for government agencies, universities, hospitals and insurance companies.
Job Skills: Honesty, integrity, strong thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
Job Growth: 12% (for all computer and information systems managers) 2016 and 2026 (BLS)
Database Manager / Administrator
As a database manager, you’ll be working either in-house or for a range of clients to develop, manage and maintain a range of databases. You will be expected to oversee projects and ensure all members of your team are working on the right thing at the right time to keep databases in order, and to determine the best possible method of organizing data, recording, then implementing it. The type of database and data you work with will depend on your employer or client. Because so many businesses and sectors rely on technology, there is the opportunity to work alongside a wide range of organizations.
Examples: Indeed Database Manager Indeed SQL Database Manager
As a digital consultant, you can help a company or client plan how and where their business should exist digitally and prepare digital strategies. Digital consultants can guide clients to help their brand reach customers through search engine optimization, marketing/advertising, web design, social media strategies, and exploring evolving digital platforms.
Skills: Analyzing Data or Information, Getting Information, Interacting With Computers, Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others, and Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Information Security Analyst
As an information security analyst, you will work to secure data and prevent organizational security breaches. These analysts perform tests to determine where weaknesses exist and utilize software and security protocols to keep information private. They also discuss security needs with management and develop plans to deal with current and future cyber attacks from hackers and other criminals.
Job Skills: Strong programming skills, and experience with database and/or network administration
Job Growth: 28% growth between 2016 and 2026 (all computer systems analysts) (BLS)
Information Technology (IT) Analyst / Systems Analyst
An information technology analyst is responsible for developing or designing computer solutions. They are also responsible to define and enhance any computer applications that are used in the company.
A systems analyst is a person who uses analysis and design techniques to solve business problems using information technology. Systems analysts may serve as change agents who identify the organizational improvements needed, design systems to implement those changes, and train and motivate others to use the systems.
Job Skills: Strong analytical skills, problem-solving abilities, excellent interpersonal skills, knowledge of current technologies
Job Growth: 9% growth between 2016 and 2026 (all computer systems analysts) (BLS)
Information Technology Manager / Computer & Information Systems Manager
Information technology (IT) managers oversee a company's computer-related activities. Also known as computer and information systems managers, they supervise IT workers, manage upgrades of systems and software, negotiate with product vendors, and ensure the security of a company's IT infrastructure. IT managers may hold the title of IT director or IT security manager, depending on a company's organizational structure. Degree programs in such fields as information or computer science and information technology management are standard for this field. These programs cover technical topics, such as network fundamentals, server applications, and wireless systems. They also offer courses in math, technical writing, and project management.
Job Skills: analytical skills, organizational skills, decision-making skills, leadership and communication skills, and strong proficiency in computer operating systems, networks, and servers
Information Technology (IT) Support Specialist / Technology Support Specialist
Duties of an information technology specialist can include network management, software development and database administration. IT specialists may also provide technical support to a business or an organization's employees and train non-technical workers on the business's information systems. IT specialists will also work with external partners, including consultants, agencies and vendors, to arrive at the most appropriate system or integration of multiple systems. With information technology constantly changing, specialists must stay up-to-date on emerging technologies and the potential effectiveness of these advancements in their current system. The services that information technology specialists provide can include handling hardware and software issues, or monitoring networks and databases. Computer science, information science, engineering, and operation research are all majors that may lead to a career as an information technology specialist.
Job Skills: Training and experience in communication systems and networks, Internet and intranet development, data encryption and security; IT specialists are expected to have a firm grasp of several programming languages, as well as experience dealing with a range of software and hardware types
Job Growth: 10% growth between 2016 and 2026 (computer support specialists) (BLS)
Salary (Median): $53,470 in May 2018 (BLS)
Market Research Analyst
Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service (help companies understand what products or services people want and what those people are willing to pay for them). Market research can take on many forms, with the focus on helping a company understand their industry and audience, market their products effectively and maximize their profits. Because most industries use market research, these analysts are employed throughout the economy.
Skills: Strong math and analytical skills are essential
Job Growth: 20% growth between 2016 and 2026
Salary (Median): $63,120 in May 2018 (BLS)
Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Product managers are responsible for the entire promotional life cycle of a product or service. Product managers develop products by conducting market research, generating product requirements, determining specifications and production timetables, and developing marketing strategies. Blends UX, technology, and business, a product manager defines the very essence of a product, designs solutions to customer problems, and collaborates with numerous stakeholders.
Skills: Excellent leadership skills and the ability to communicate well with others; Organizational, research, and time-management skills are also important; proficiency in the use of computers and common industry software programs are key; Able to meet tough deadlines, handle stress, and have good judgment.
Job Growth: 10% growth between 2016 and 2026 (all advertising, marketing, and promotion managers)
Salary (Median): $117,130 (all advertising and promotion managers) in May 2018 (BLS)
Resources: study.com Bureau of Labor Statistics
User Experience (UX) Researcher
Provide a deep understanding and insight into user behavior, needs, and motivations through conducting user and task analyses. Develops surveys, facilitates focus groups, and interviews clients, collecting and analyzing user behavior. UX (user experience) research is the systematic investigation of users and their requirements, in order to add context and insight into the process of designing the user experience. UX research employs a variety of techniques, tools, and methodologies to reach conclusions, determine facts, and uncover problems, thereby revealing valuable information which can be fed into the design process. UX research aims to gather information from users by way of a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including interviews, contextual inquiries, diary studies, personas, card sorting, and usability testing. The focus is on the systematic approach to gathering and interpreting collected data. Due to this, UX research demands the structured and methodical selection and application of the most appropriate tools for information gathering.
Resources: Interaction Design Foundation Career Foundry
User Experience (UX) Designer
Create successful user experiences through research, feedback, analysis, prototyping, testing, and best design practices including usability and accessibility concerns. Companies are realizing the value UX designers bring to both the customer and their business. Projects will differ dramatically from company to company, as will the size of the team, and priorities. Elements of research, testing, business analysis, project management, and psychology, as well as wireframing. It is the UX designer’s role to combine desk-based and field research to get a full picture of who they are designing for. This might include reviewing what the current website has to offer, interviewing existing users to look for opportunities and pain points, and doing competitor research to see what else is out there.
Job Growth: 18% predicted in the next ten years
Resources: Career Foundry Adobe Blog
Web developers design and create websites. Some web developers work in the computer systems design and related services industry. Others are self-employed. Still others work in industries including publishing, management consulting, and advertising.
Skills: Knowledge of both programming and graphic design
Job Growth: 13% growth between 2016 and 2026
Salary (Median): $69,430 in May 2018 (BLS)
Resources: Bureau of Labor Statistics Community of Web Professionals
- The Career Center
- Handshake - Primary job board for UIUC
- The University of Illinois uses Handshake to present employment and experiential learning opportunities to students and alumni. Handshake is a powerful tool for finding entry-level jobs, hourly positions, internships, practicums, volunteer opportunities, and campus assistantships. The employers who post opportunities are actively recruiting talent from the iSchool and the University of Illinois. Employers can search student profiles and public resumes, so be sure your profile is complete and your resume is public. Sign-in to Handshake with your net-id and password to get started.
- Virtual Student Job Board (for on-campus students looking for hourly work - not necessarily relevant to degree)
- Research Park Job Board (for students local to Champaign/Urbana interested in corporate industry)
Data Science & Analytics Jobs
Sample Job Titles: Digital Technology Analyst, Data Analyst, Technology Development, Risk Analyst, Data Scientist
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