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Below are occupations for this pathway with current and projected employment levels, average annual openings, and wage and training level descriptors.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Employment (2014) Employment Change (2014-2024) Average Annual Job Openings 2015 Median Annual Wage Training/Education Level
CodeTitle NumberPercentGrowth Due to ReplacementsTotal
Totals (All Occupations, All Clusters) 6,263,919 371,593 5.93% 42,732 147,453 190,185 $37,316
Information Support and Services
11-3021 Computer & Information Systems Managers
13,697 2,253 16.45% 225162 387 $122,213 Bach degree plus work exp.
15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists
6,283 919 14.63% 9281 173 $66,038 Associate degree
43-9011 Computer Operators
2,366 -469 -19.82% 018 18 $49,179 Moderate-term OJT
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists
22,226 3,387 15.24% 339286 625 $51,069 Associate degree
Network Systems
11-3021 Computer & Information Systems Managers
13,697 2,253 16.45% 225162 387 $122,213 Bach degree plus work exp.
15-1143 Computer Network Architects
4,682 678 14.48% 6860 128 $112,077 Bachelor's degree
15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists
6,283 919 14.63% 9281 173 $66,038 Associate degree
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other
17,312 1,513 8.74% 151223 374 $85,662 Associate degree
43-9011 Computer Operators
2,366 -469 -19.82% 018 18 $49,179 Moderate-term OJT
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts
22,499 5,511 24.49% 551290 841 $87,776 Bachelor's degree
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists
22,226 3,387 15.24% 339286 625 $51,069 Associate degree
15-1122 Information Security Analysts
2,850 475 16.67% 4837 85 $87,683 Bachelor's degree
15-1142 Network & Computer Systems Administrators
15,392 1,476 9.59% 148198 346 $80,068 Bachelor's degree
Programming and Software Development
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other
17,312 1,513 8.74% 151223 374 $85,662 Associate degree
15-1131 Computer Programmers
20,572 -1,710 -8.31% 0507 507 $75,122 Bachelor's degree
15-1141 Database Administrators
4,546 599 13.18% 6098 158 $78,715 Bachelor's degree
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications
29,316 7,676 26.18% 768419 1,187 $91,339 Bachelor's degree
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software
13,971 3,192 22.85% 319200 519 $101,948 Bachelor's degree
Web and Digital Communications
15-1131 Computer Programmers
20,572 -1,710 -8.31% 0507 507 $75,122 Bachelor's degree
27-4032 Film & Video Editors
841 145 17.24% 148 22 $54,637 Bachelor's degree
27-1024 Graphic Designers
11,692 383 3.28% 38278 316 $47,951 Bachelor's degree
27-1014 Multimedia Artists & Animators
1,941 96 4.95% 1036 46 $64,123 Bachelor's degree
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications
29,316 7,676 26.18% 768419 1,187 $91,339 Bachelor's degree
15-1134 Web Developers
5,087 1,649 32.42% 16566 231 $69,919 Bachelor's degree

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security, Economic Information & Analysis Division

Highlights at a Glance

  • Almost all organizations depend on information technology to conduct business and operate efficiently. Those businesses that do not have these resources available internally, utilize the services of the establishments in this sector to effectively design, implement and manage their information technology systems.
  • Faster than average growth is expected for all the industries within the Information Technology sector. Almost all of the occupations in this sector require a Bachelor degree or higher and have median annual wage rates double the state’s average wage rate for all occupations.
  • The widespread use of the Internet and intranets has resulted in an increased focus on information technology and security. The expansive use of e-commerce highlights this concern, as firms use the Internet to exchange sensitive information. Many organizations are employing the services of security consulting firms, which specialize in all aspects of information technology (IT) security.

Industry Overview

The Information Technology sector consists of all organizations primarily engaged in the research, design, implementation and support of digital systems, including both hardware and software that convert, store, organize, protect, transmit, retrieve, share and utilize information. These IT functions may be carried out by businesses and units within government, education and businesses from most other sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and financial services. The critical functions that provide the basis for IT career pathways in Illinois are based on the National Career Clusters® Framework :

  • Network Systems: Careers in Network Systems involve network analysis, planning and implementation, including design, installation, maintenance and management of network systems. Successful establishment and maintenance of information technology infrastructure is critical to the success of almost every 21st century organization.
  • Information Support & Services: Careers in Information Support and Services involve IT deployment, including implementing computer systems and software, providing technical assistance and managing information systems.
  • Web & Digital Communications: Careers in Web and Digital Communications involve creating, designing and producing interactive multimedia products and services, including development of digitally-generated or computer-enhanced media used in business, training, entertainment, communications and marketing.
  • Programming & Software Development: Careers in Programming and Software Development involve the design development implementation and maintenance of computer systems and software, requiring knowledge of computer operating systems, programming languages and software development.