Information Technology (IT)
Information Technology (IT)
Opportunities Abundant in CAD Careers
Northern Michigan companies are in need of computer aided design professionals (CAD). Over 150 students from schools in the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District toured three businesses in Cadillac to learn about careers in computer aided design. Northwest Michigan Works! participated in the event which was organized by the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center and Baker College of Cadillac, and included a CAD open house for the community.
Local Employers Seek Out IT Professionals
Northwest Michigan Works! hosted its 3rd Annual IT Career Fair in Traverse City. The event featured 18 local employers with current open IT positions. Representatives from Northwestern Michigan College, Ferris State University, and the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center were also at the event with information about IT education and training opportunities. Watch the video to find out more about this high-demand field.
Meet IT Professionals: an owner, a network designer, a network technician
Kevin Bozung is the co-owner of Safety Net, an IT service provider based in Traverse City. Bozung says along with up to date IT skills he needs employees with good communication skills who can adapt to change, solve problems, and access and analyze information. "I.T. is such a huge area that you're constantly learning and seeing new problems," said Bozung. "The people that seem to do well here really enjoy being able to dig in to a problem and solve it."
Mike Fitzgerald is a computer network design associate at Safety Net. He works with clients to understand their existing systems along with their challenges, goals and requirements so he can design new solutions. Fitzgerald says he likes working in I.T. because it gives him the opportunity to help people by solving problems. "It is more than anything a puzzle," said Fitzgerald. "I enjoy trying to figure out how things work." Besides solving problems Fitzgerald says he has to be able to communicate with clients, access and analyze information, and adapt to change.
Brad Oliger is a network technician and is part of Safety Net's support services group. He's on the front line when it comes to helping clients resolve their I.T. issues and says doing that requires good communication skills. "It's very important to feel out exactly where the client is coming from and make sure you're relating to them," said Oliger. "Throughout the process of working on an issue you have to communicate to them what's going on so that they don't feel that they're being neglected." Besides communication skills Oliger says he has to adapt to change by constantly learning new things. He says teamwork is also incredibly important in the IT field.
View/print the IT Career Spotlight poster. (coming soon)
Career Spotlight Video: Information Technology (IT)
Up-to-date IT skills are just one of the things employees need at Safety Net, an IT service provider in Traverse City, Michigan. Company co-owner Kevin Bozung says he also needs employees to be adaptable, have good communications skills, and the ability to solve problems. Watch the video to find out more about the skills needed for an IT career.
View/download/print the Information Technology (IT) Poster 11"x17"
JOB OUTLOOK AND WAGES IN NORTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN
Information Technology (IT) jobs are among the fastest growing and are in high demand in Northwest Michigan
|Education Level||Information Technology (IT)||
Software Developers & Programmers
Tech Support Specialists
*Experience, longevity, and market conditions often result in higher wages.
Source: Northwest Michigan Hot Jobs Report 2015, Networks Northwest, Northwest Michigan Works!, Framework for Our Future
|Occupation||Employment Change||Average Hourly Earnings|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||+ 29%||$30.64|
|Emergency Management Specialists||+ 29%||$18.30|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||+ 24%||$26.63|
|Software Developers, Applications||+ 22%||$30.88|
|Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, Network Architects||+ 17%||$28.66|
Information Technology Jobs List
Business Intelligence Analysts
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Computer Network Architects
Computer Network Support Specialists
Computer Systems Analysts
Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
Computer User Support Specialists
Data Warehousing Specialists
Document Management Specialists
Geographical Information Systems Technicians
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
Informatics Nurse Specialists
Information Security Analysts
Information Technology Project Managers
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Search Marketing Strategists
Software Developers, Applications
Software Developers, Systems Software
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
Video Game Designers
Videos from Past IT Career Fairs Reveal Opportunities in this Field
|IT Career Fair 2015 - Northwest Michigan||IT Career Fair 2014 - Northwest Michigan|
|IT Career Fair 2013 - Northwest Michigan||IT Career Fair 2012 - Northwest Michigan|
Northwest Michigan Works! is Supported by the State of Michigan and is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.
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