Information Technology Major
Information technology is a major that typically falls into the Computer & Information Sciences category.
There are 740 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in IT, 373 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 214 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 8 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.
Who Is Getting an IT Degree?
Information technology runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #71 out of all the majors we track. In 2017, about 5,600 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this major. This major tends to be male dominated. About 82.7% of recent graduates are men.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of IT majors is as follows:
- Asian: 6.5%
- Black or African American: 12.1%
- Hispanic or Latino: 10.3%
- White: 58.3%
- Non-Resident Alien: 2.9%
- Other Races: 9.9%
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in IT. About 2.9% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending IT majors to the U.S. are India, Saudi Arabia and China.
What Will You Learn as an Information Technology Major?
An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to IT to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for IT Majors
A major in IT should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
Skills for IT Majors
A major in IT prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
Abilities for IT Majors
IT majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:
What Can You Do With an IT Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with IT:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Loss Prevention Managers||8%||$107,480|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||8%||$107,480|
|Computer User Support Specialists||11.3%||$50,980|
|Wind Energy Operations Managers||8%||$107,480|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||8.2%||$62,770|
|Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists||9.3%||$90,270|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||6.1%||$82,050|
Information Technology Major Salary
IT majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $76,000 to $111,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.
Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.
Amount of Education Required for Information Technology Major Jobs
Some careers associated with IT may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for IT careers below.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||0.2%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||4.2%|
|Some College Courses||6.2%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||12%|
|First Professional Degree||0.5%|
Online Information Technology Programs
There are 373 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in information technology, with 123 of them offering at least some courses online.
Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.
Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.
Is an Information Technology Major Worth It?
The median salary for an IT grad is $92,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 137% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,062,600 after 20 years!
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Programming
- Data Processing
- Information Science
- Computer Systems Analysis
- Data Entry
- Computer Science
- Computer Software Applications
- Computer Systems Networking
- Information Technology
- Other Computer Sciences
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