More companies are moving their IT functions online, which may have some with careers in information technology worried. IT professionals are experts in technology - is it possible that that will be the very thing that pushes them out of their jobs? Although publicly available cloud computing services and intuitive programs are making it easier for employees to use technology effectively, there are still plenty of reasons that companies are keeping their IT departments around.
Good news for anyone pursuing a career in information technology: IT salaries are on the rise. According to the 2012-2011 salary survey from Dice, a career website for technology professionals, IT has seen its largest annual salary growth since 2008.
While there are many exciting careers in information technology, one that has been consistently popular over the years is computer programming. Computer programmers make up approximately 8 percent of the computer systems design industry, which, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is growing rapidly - there's a projected 72 percent employment growth between 2010 and 2020.
For busy, working adults, a flexible, competency-based online university like WGU is often the best bet for earning a degree—even, sometimes, for people who work at a traditional university. Chris Dann of Port Orange, Florida, was in just that boat.