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Area of Study: Computer Science and Information Technology
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Computer Science and Information Technology
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Computer Information Technology

Harness the power of information

Whether you’re watching TV, buying groceries, or planning a voyage to Mars, computers are a part of almost everything we do. For this reason, workers with a mastery of the latest computing capabilities are in high demand. Austin Community College’s Computer Information Technology Program helps you become proficient in valuable skills, such as configuring, installing, and maintaining networks; administering and supporting computer applications; and implementing and monitoring information security systems.

Career Information

With a new emphasis on cloud computing, big data, and the “Internet of things,” demand for computer information technology workers continues to grow faster than the national average. This field also boasts a median wage of as much as twice the average for all occupations.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Software Developers, Systems Software
47.39 Hourly Wage 7330 Currently Employed
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
7330 Software Developers, Systems Software are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.38 % over the next four years.
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Document Management Specialists
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
Implement and administer enterprise-wide document management systems and related procedures that allow organizations to capture, store, retrieve, share, and destroy electronic records and documents.
1849 Document Management Specialists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Computer User Support Specialists
22.79 Hourly Wage 9156 Currently Employed
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.
9156 Computer User Support Specialists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.4 % over the next four years.
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Computer Network Support Specialists
27.77 Hourly Wage 2796 Currently Employed
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.
2796 Computer Network Support Specialists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.44 % over the next four years.
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Information Security Analysts
46.77 Hourly Wage 658 Currently Employed
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.
658 Information Security Analysts are employed. This number is expected to increase by 15.35 % over the next four years.
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Database Administrators
36.61 Hourly Wage 1701 Currently Employed
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.
1701 Database Administrators are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.35 % over the next four years.
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Network and Computer Systems Administrators
38.48 Hourly Wage 4739 Currently Employed
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 Web site performance to ensure Web sites 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.
4739 Network and Computer Systems Administrators are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.6 % over the next four years.
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Computer Network Architects
56.3 Hourly Wage 2566 Currently Employed
Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
2566 Computer Network Architects are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.82 % over the next four years.
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Database Architects
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
Design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security. Design and construct large relational databases. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.
1849 Database Architects are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Information Technology Project Managers
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
Plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.
1849 Information Technology Project Managers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Data Warehousing Specialists
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
Design, model, or implement corporate data warehousing activities. Program and configure warehouses of database information and provide support to warehouse users.
1849 Data Warehousing Specialists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Software Developers, Applications
47.65 Hourly Wage 12639 Currently Employed
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.
12639 Software Developers, Applications are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.87 % over the next four years.
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Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
Develop and execute software test plans in order to identify software problems and their causes.
1849 Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Computer Programmers
39.2 Hourly Wage 4076 Currently Employed
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.
4076 Computer Programmers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 0.2 % over the next four years.
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Web Administrators
41.55 Hourly Wage 1849 Currently Employed
Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.
1849 Web Administrators are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.95 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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