Information Technologies Career Comparisons

Occupation IT Credential Job Outlook Mean Salary* Job Duties
Computer Programmers

Software Development AAS Degree

Software Development Diploma

Software Development Fundamentals Certificate

Microsoft Developer Certificate

Database Programming Certificate

Java Certificate

Projected to grow 4.9% Hourly: $39.30

Annually: $84,640
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
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Computer Systems Analysts

Software Development AAS Degree

Software Development Diploma

Software Development Fundamentals Certificate

Microsoft Developer Certificate

Database Programming Certificate

Java Certificate

Projected to grow 8.4% Hourly: $41.48

Annually: $87,910
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.
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Database Administrators

Software Development AAS Degree

Software Development Diploma

Software Development Fundamentals Certificate

Microsoft Developer Certificate

Database Programming Certificate

Java Certificate

Projected to grow 12.6% Hourly: $37.72

Annually: $79,250
Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.
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Software Developers, Applications

Software Development AAS Degree

Software Development Diploma

Software Development Fundamentals Certificate

Microsoft Developer Certificate

Database Programming Certificate

Java Certificate

Projected to grow 6.8% Hourly: $47.90

Annually: $107,800
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
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Web Developers

Web Development AAS Degree

Web Development Diploma

Web Development Fundamentals Certificate

Web Developer Certificate

Projected to grow 22.7% Hourly: $30.42

Annually: $68,430
Design, create, and modify websites. Analyze user needs to implement website content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate websites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of web and multimedia content.
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Computer User Support Specialists

IT & Cloud Administration AAS Degree

IT Administration Diploma

Cloud Management Certficate

Projected to grow 11.3% Hourly: $26.10

Annually: $56,000
Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
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Computer Network Support Specialists

Networking Security AAS Degree

IT Administration Diploma

Secure CCNA Certificate

Secure Networks Certficate

Projected to grow 13.9% Hourly: $32.42

Annually: $67,580
Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.
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Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Networking Security AAS Degree

IT Administration Diploma

Secure CCNA Certificate

Secure Networks Certficate

Projected to grow 4.4% Hourly: $42.70

Annually: $91,930
Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test website performance to ensure websites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.
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Information Security Analysts

Networking Security AAS Degree

IT Administration Diploma

Secure CCNA Certificate

Secure Networks Certficate

Projected growth of 4.9% Hourly: $40.05

Annually: $86,770
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
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Receptionists and Information Clerks

AAS Degree

Projected growth 6.8% Hourly: $13.68

Annually: $28,730
Answer inquiries and provide information to the general public, customers, visitors, and other interested parties regarding activities conducted at establishment and location of departments, offices, and employees within the organization.
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Medical Secretaries

AAS Degree

Projected growth 8.1% Hourly: $17.06

Annually: $35,740
Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
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Secretaries and Administrative Support

AAS Degree

Word Processing Certificate

Projected Growth 4.8% Hourly: $17.95

Annually: $37,740
Perform routine clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.
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Data Entry Keyers

Word Processing Certificate

Growth growth 13.9% Hourly: $15.54

Annually: $32,660
Operate data entry device, such as keyboard or photo composing perforator. Duties may include verifying data and preparing materials for printing.
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*Source: 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC