Information Technology Comparisons

Occupation Degrees Job Outlook Mean Salary* Job Duties
Computer Programmers

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

Database Programming Certificate

Visual BASIC Certificate

Visual C# Certificate

JAVA Certificate

Projected to grow 4% through 2022 Hourly: $38.84

Annually: $80,780
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

Computer Programming AAS - 5 semesters

Networking Technology AAS - 5 semesters

Information Systems Security AAS - 5 semesters

Projected to grow much faster than average (26% through 2022) Hourly: $40.81

Annually: $87,560
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

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

Database Programming Certificate

Visual BASIC Certificate

Visual C# Certificate

JAVA Certificate

Projected to grow faster than average (16% through 2022) Hourly: $37.96

Annually: $81,340
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

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

Database Programming Certificate

Visual BASIC Certificate

Visual C# Certificate

JAVA Certificate

Projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 21% through 2022) Hourly: $46.56

Annually: $104,190
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

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

Web Designer Certificate

Mobile Development Certificate

Projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 25% through 2022) Hourly: $31.24

Annually: $65,830
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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Web Administrator

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

Web Designer Certificate

Bright Outlook - This a new and emerging occupation Hourly: $40.10

Annually: $83,410
Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.
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Computer User Support Specialists

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

A+ Certificate

Windows Troubleshooting Certficate

Projected to grow faster than average (18% through 2022) Hourly: $25.71

Annually: $55,850
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

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

A+ Certificate

Windows Troubleshooting Certficate

CCNA Certificate

Secure Networking Certificate

Projected to grow 8% through 2022 Hourly: $32.46

Annually: $67,830
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

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

Projected to grow 12% through 2022 Hourly: $42.29

Annually: $91,740
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

AAS Degree - 5 semesters

Secure Networking Certificate - 2 Semesters

Projected growth of 40% through 2022 (much faster than average) Hourly: $41.12

Annually: $86,920
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 - 5 semesters

Projected to have average growth of 8% to 14% through 2022 Hourly: $12.87

Annually: $26,760
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 - 5 semesters

Projected to have much faster than average growth of 22% or higher through 2022 Hourly: $15.50

Annually: $32,240
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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Word Processors and Typists

Word Processing Certificate

Growth is expected to decline (-3% or lower) Hourly: $17.64

Annually: $36,700
Use word processor, computer or typewriter to type letters, reports, forms, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy, or voice recording. May perform other clerical duties as assigned.
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Data Entry Keyers

Word Processing Certificate

Growth is expected to decline (-3% or lower) Hourly: $13.88

Annually: $28,870
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: 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC