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Growing Federal Jobs: Information Technology

Growing Federal Jobs: Information Technology

Kyle Stone | GovCentral Contributing Writer

IT remains a critical aspect of government work in all industries and sectors, as well as an industry in its own right. However, America continues to suffer from a shortage of qualified IT workers with flexible and portable skills who can readily adapt and respond to ever-changing IT demands and processes.

If you do decide to specialize in technology, you should understand the technical qualifications you will have to meet for each job you apply to.

In Demand Occupations


Computer Software Engineers
Projected Salary: $78,000
Employees Needed: 300,000
Projected Growth: 27%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Army, Navy Systems Command, Department of Defense

Computer Systems Analysts
Projected Salary: $76,000
Employees Needed: 280,000
Projected Growth: 27%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring:Army, Navy Systems Command, Department of Defense

Database Administrators
Projected Salary: $72,000
Employees Needed: 47,000
Projected Growth: 18% – 26%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Veterans Affairs, Smithsonian Institution, Department of Homeland Security

Computer and Information Scientists
Projected Salary: $75,000
Employees Needed: 12,000
Projected Growth: 18% – 26%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence

Industrial Engineers
Projected Salary: $67,000
Employees Needed: 27,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: Some College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Navy, Army, Air Force

How to Prepare

For all IT-related occupations, technical and professional certifications are growing more popular and increasingly important. IT workers must continually update and acquire new skills to remain qualified in this dynamic field. Completion of vocational training also is an asset. According to a May 2000 report by the Urban Institute, community colleges play a critical role in training new workers and in retraining both veteran workers and workers from other fields.

People interested in becoming computer support specialists generally need only an Associate degree in a computer-related field, as well as significant hands-on experience with computers. They also must possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills as well as excellent communication skills because troubleshooting and helping others are such vital aspects of the job. And because there is constant interaction on the job with other computer personnel, customers, and employees, computer support specialists must be able to communicate effectively on paper, using e-mail, and in person. They also must possess strong writing skills when preparing manuals for employees and customers.

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Information Compiled from CareerVoyages.gov and 2006-16 BLS Projections.

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