MS in Information Technology: Careers

A male Cincinnati information technology student uses a tablet to check on network wiring.

Students who complete the online Master of Science in Information Technology degree have many career options in a growing field. The work environment for these careers is typically in an office setting and can range from a laid-back atmosphere where dress codes are casual to a more formal culture where employees wear suits and ties.

Graduates can design, write and test code for games for learning and multi-player games, and collaborate with others using the latest technologies for game development. Our graduates may improve a user’s online security or protect a whole company’s system from malicious code and denial of service attacks. They can use cyber forensics to analyze attacks to determine the attack’s origin, method, system vulnerabilities and the extent of the damage. They design and maintain computer and network systems for organizations and make sure the system is sustainable, scalable and allocates resources efficiently. They develop the next wave of lightweight social apps for our smartphones and tablets using the latest technologies and intuitive designs.

Graduates of the online Master of Science in Information Technology program can find work in the following careers:

  • Network analyst, consultant or engineer
  • Application developer
  • Game designer
  • Game creative director
  • Computer security specialist
  • Information systems security analyst
  • Distributed systems engineer
  • Software architect
  • Network architect
  • Application integration engineer
  • Information technology analyst
  • Senior game designer
  • Senior instructional designer
  • Systems administrator
  • Information technology director
  • Systems analyst
  • Data security administrator
  • Chief technology officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Intrusion detection specialist
  • Computer forensics investigator
  • Social app developer
  • Business owner

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for job growth for information technology careers is anticipated to grow by 12 percent over the next decade, which is much faster than the average growth rate for other occupations. Wages vary according to the type of information technology career a graduate chooses, but for most who work in computer and mathematical occupations, the following table broadly applies.

National Wage Estimates for those who work in Computer and Mathematics Occupations

Percentile

10%

25%

50%

(Median)

75%

90%

Hourly Wages

$20.12

$27.94

$39.15

$52.64

$66.55

Annual Wages (1)

$41,850

$58,120

$81,430

$109,490

$138,420

Figure 1. National wage estimates for nurse practitioners. Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer and Mathematics Occupations Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes150000.htm

(1) These average wages are a result of the average reported hourly wage for these occupations, multiplied by 2,080, which is the number of hours the average full-time worker spends per year on the job. Where hourly wages weren’t available, the calculations relied on the average annual salary from survey reports.

 

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