IT or Computer ProfessionalInformation Technology is a solid career choice. With the integration of computers into nearly every aspect of our life, the world needs workers who can work – and fix – these machines.  From 2014 – 2024, the entire industry is expected to grow at twice the average rate for all professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS).

If you step back from the underbrush and take a look at the forest, the computer industry or Information Technology stands tall and straight among it’s withered peers. So why wouldn’t you position yourself for one of these few growth categories?

Face it: Computers and information have become the engine of the global economy in the new millennium. Driven by dynamic and almost daily innovations both at the consumer and commercial levels, there is no visible end to this voracious demand for technology. Every enterprise, and yes, every individual increasingly relies on computer technology in all its variety and will for the foreseeable future. This industry affects all others in a way that is perhaps unparalleled in human history. Computers own! And those who control them control the world! MUAHAHAHA!

Ok, that may sound a little maniacal but on a rational level, it’s absolutely true. So if you’re changing careers, where do you want to be–a growing industry or a declining one? And what is it worth to you to be there?

Pathways to an I.T. CareerIT professionals earn more

Every choice in life, every fork in the road, every benefit to be gained has its price. A computer career is no exception. So a thorough examination of the value proposition of this “purchase,” like any major decision is a must. What’s the cost to benefit ratio? Let’s do some math.

We’ll start by getting an accurate picture of what your reality could be as an I.T. professional. The median salary for computer and I.T. professionals in the U.S. was about $82,000 per year in 2015, according to the BLS. If you’re in the top half of the profession, it’s not unrealistic to think you could one day make more than $100,000 per year. That’s pretty impressive, but it’s also a pretty big range. There are a lot of jobs in this industry. Let’s get more specific by detailing some of the median salaries for some specific professions.

Occupation Median Salary according to the BLS
Computer and Information Research Scientists $110,620
Computer Network Architects $100,240
Computer Programmers $79,530
Computer Support Specialists $51,470
Computer Systems Analysts $85,800
Database Administrators $81,710
Information Security Analysts $90,120
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $77,810
Software Developers $100,690
Web Developers $64,970

That’s a lot of big numbers. The certification training at qualifies students, from a technical standpoint, for many of these positions and countless others that pay as much or more. While additional soft skills and experience will be helpful and may be required in some cases, graduates can expect to compete for many of these high-paying, mid-level jobs within a few years or even months after graduation.

For the sake of argument, let’s say you land a job as a Computer Support Specialist – the job with the lowest median salary in the table above. What is a fair investment to get that career? A BS degree from a typical state university or college will easily cost $50,000 or more in tuition (to say nothing of books and fees). For a private University, expect to double or triple that sum. And the earning potential in most fields will be no better even with the “branded” degree.

But let’s say you get your education for less–just $25K or so.  At that price, you will double your investment the very first year you reach median compensation! And every year you earn at that level and beyond, your profits pile up exponetially.

But let’s say your first permanent I.T. position paid only part of that median salary–just $37.5K–a modest starting sum, indeed. Assuming you only invested $25K in your education, you will have paid for your education and made a 33 percent return on your investment in your very first year! That’s off the charts in these days of the single-digit return! And everything after that is pure profit.

If you financed your tuition, you will have out-of-pocketed only a fraction of the tuition in the first year or so—let’s say $2,000 of it. In that case, your ROI in year 1 of your new career is 1750%. That’s bordering on the insane! And you deserve it!

The math is simple. Traditional colleges and universities require a large up front investment and it can take years to get a return on your investment. MyComputerCareer is different. Our graduates typically see a return on their investment within the first one to two years of working.

Even if you financed your training for a minimum term at a moderately high-interest rate, you’ll easily pay it off with earnings of about $3 an hour. However you run the numbers, investing in an I.T. career is bound to pay YOU in spades. The industry keeps growing as the economy improves. Jobs are plentiful and pay levels for comparable training and experience consistently outperform most other industries. Today, the I.T. career value proposition is excellent. But it stands to get even better in the months and years ahead. So what are you waiting for? Invest in your own success. Do I.T. today!

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