Compare Information Technology and Office Administration Careers

Occupation/DTCC ProgramJob Outlook*
(for the period 2010-2020)
2012 Estim. Entry Wages**
(Durham-Chapel Hill)
Job Duties
Computer Programmers
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 29% or more) Hourly: $28.53
Annually: $59,340
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 or
Networking Technology AAS - 5 semesters or
Information Systems Security AAS - 5 semesters
Projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 29% or more) Hourly: $27.37
Annually: $56,930
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 much faster than average (employment increase of 29% or more) Hourly: $25.55
Annually: $53,140
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 29% or more) Hourly: $29.26
Annually: $60,850
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
Occupational Outlook Handbook projects growth of 22% (faster than average)Hourly: $24.93
Annually: $51,860
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: $21.15
Annually: $43,995
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 have large numbers of job openings.Hourly: $19.93
Annually: $41,450
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 have large numbers of job openings.Hourly: $19.16
Annually: $39,859
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 have large numbers of job openings.Hourly: $26.35
Annually: $54,800
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
Occupational Outlook Handbook projects growth of 22% (faster than average)Hourly: $24.93
Annually: $51,860
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 large numbers of job openings.Hourly: $9.25
Annually: $19,230
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 large numbers of job openings.Hourly: $12.54
Annually: $26,090
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
Expected to grow rapidly and is projected to have large numbers of job openings.Hourly: $9.44
Annually: $19,640
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
NAHourly: $11.44
Annually: $23,790
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: O*NET OnLine or Occupational Outlook Handbook where noted.
      **Source: Occupational Employment and Wages in North Carolina