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Computer Networking & Security Technology Career Outlook

As organizations across Computer Network and Security Administrator career specialties continue to be a growing occupation. The wide use of electronic commerce, the increasing adoption of mobile wireless technologies, and the implementation of cloud computing mean that more businesses and organizations will continue to need computer networking specialists who can develop, operate and maintain, protect and defend, and monitor increasingly complicated computer networks.

The increased reliance on information technology (IT), will require workers that can design new computer systems and respond to the installation and repair requirements of increasingly complex computer equipment and software (13). As organizations invest in newer, faster mobile technology, growth in wireless and mobile networks will increase, creating a need for new systems that work well with this and emerging technologies.

More network system administrators will be needed to implement and reinforce security controls against the growing frequency and sophistication of network system cyberattacks. Forensic science technicians will be needed to provide timely digital forensics evidence to law enforcement agencies and courts during criminal proceedings related to cyber crime (14). Analysts with knowledge in malware, viruses, and cyber attack methodologies will be needed to come up with innovative ways to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks.

A large increase is expected in electronic medical records, e‐prescribing, and other forms of healthcare IT, and analysts will be needed to design computer systems to accommodate the increase. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, ensuring patients’ privacy and protecting personal data are becoming more important (15).

Both the U.S. Department of Labor and the Texas Workforce Commission project an increase in IT professions within the next several years.

      Employment Industries (2012) 5,6,7

Sample of Reported Job Titles 7,8,9

Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Systems Engineer, Network Manager, Network Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Officer, Computer Specialist, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Computer Security Specialist, Information Security Manager, Information Technology Security Analyst

 

Job Titles are determined by the area of specialization pursued by the student and the level of degree(s) obtained

Related Occupations

15-1121.00  Computer Systems Analysts

15-1122.00  Information Security Analysts

15-1132.00  Software Developers, Applications

15-1133.00  Software Developers, Systems Software  

15-1141.00  Database Administrators

15-1143.00  Computer Network Architects

15-1151.00  Computer User Support Specialists

15-1199.02  Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

15-1199.03  Web Administrators

43-9011.00  Computer Operators

15-1142.00  Network and Computer Systems Administrators

15-1152.00 Computer Network Support Specialist

Sources

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer Support Specialists,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm (visited March 16, 2014)

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (visited March 16, 2014).

3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Information Security Analysts,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (visited March 16, 2014)

4 Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Winter 2013–14 , www.bls.gov/ooq - http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2013/winter/winter2013ooq.pdf

5 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer Support Specialists,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm (visited March 16, 2014)

6 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (visited March 16, 2014)

7 Summary Report for:15-1142.00 - Network and Computer Systems Administrators, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00

8  Summary report for: 15-1122.00 - Information Security Analysts, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1122.00

9 Summary Report for: 15-1143.00 - Computer Network Architects, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1143.00

10 Summary Report for:15-1151.00 - Computer User Support Specialists, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1151.00

11 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer Network Architects, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-network-architects.htm (visited March 16, 2014)

12 Texas Workforce Commission, Labor Market Information, 840_840_Lower_OCC-2.XLS, http://www.tracer2.com/publication.asp?PUBLICATIONID=840; 829-829_Cameron_OCC.XLS, http://www.tracer2.com/publication.asp?PUBLICATIONID=829

13 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012‐13 Edition, Computer Systems Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer‐and‐information‐technology/computer‐systems‐analysts.htm (visited September 08, 2013)

14 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012‐13 Edition, Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer‐and‐information‐technology/information‐security‐analysts‐web‐developersand‐computer‐network‐architects.htm (visited September 08, 2013)

15 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012‐13 Edition, Forensic Science Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life‐physical‐and‐social‐science/forensic‐science‐technicians.htm (visited September 08, 2013)

16 Indeed job search, http://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=Network+Administrator&l1=texas; http://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=Security+Administrator&l1=texas, http://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=Computer+Network+Security+Specialist&l1=texas;accessed March 17, 2014

17 Summary Report for:15-1152.00 - Computer Network Support Specialist, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1152.00











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