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The Growing Role of the IT Professional

No matter the industry, IT professionals are becoming increasingly sought after for the value they bring to organizations.

One of the most exciting aspects of technology is that it is constantly evolving, adapting, and advancing, all while influencing the world around us. As technology progresses, so does the role of Information Technology (IT) professionals. Now is a great time to start if you want to join this influential and in-demand career. The employment rate for computer and IT professionals is expected to grow by 15% by 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

No matter the industry, IT professionals are becoming increasingly sought after for the value they bring to organizations. You could make a difference in an influential field that will always be in demand. Do not know how to start? Take a closer look at the ins and outs of IT to create a path to becoming the successful IT professional you know you can be.

What is IT?

Information technology (IT) is the application of technology to solve business or organizational problems. This includes building communications networks, safeguarding data, and troubleshooting computer problems. IT professionals are technology experts trusted to diagnose technical issues to keep businesses running as smoothly as possible. They are technological doctors - or superheroes! 

IT professionals are skilled at resolving operational and technical problems within various industries. Organizations would run into obstacles left and right without a strong IT department. Having an expert in-house streamlines success and efficiency in all departments.

Why Should I Join the IT Profession?

There are plenty of attractive benefits to joining the increasingly popular IT profession. 

  • In Demand: The pandemic has influenced the way we communicate and created a strong dependence on technology to help us connect with others. Because of this, there is an increased need for technology experts to join the workforce and aid teams who operate online and rely on technology. 
  • Flexible: IT professionals know better than anyone that a lot can be accomplished virtually. Many IT jobs are remote, making it a flexible option for those who may not want to commute or are looking for jobs outside of their city. You can take advantage of the increasingly virtual nature of our workforce while simultaneously being a major player in promoting its success. 
  • Potential for Advancement: Upskilling refers to obtaining valuable trade skills while working on the job. Your degree will prepare you for your career, but your experiences on the job will take you even further in your understanding and proficiency of the industry. This means you are embarking on a consistent journey of growth and advancement. What’s not to love?

What Does a Career in IT Look Like?

A career in IT does not necessarily mean working for a startup or a technology solutions provider. IT professionals work in various industries, with jobs in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Some common specialties for IT professionals include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Telecommunications
  • Telemedicine

In their day-to-day responsibilities, IT professionals often test, build, install, repair, or maintain the hardware and software associated with complex computer systems.

How Do I Get Started?

Now that you are excited about the wonderful world of information technology, it is time to start earning your IT degree. To help you create a strong foundation for success in a variety of specialties, Herzing University provides an online path that includes comprehensive IT courses and certifications. Tap into your potential by enrolling in a life-changing program today.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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