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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.

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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.


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Information Technology (IT) jobs are among the fastest growing and are in high demand in Northwest Michigan


Education Level          Information Technology (IT)       

Entry Level
Wage Range*

Vocational or
Associate’s Degree

Software Developers & Programmers






Tech Support Specialists






Systems Analysts






Network Administrators





*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

Fastest Growing Information Technology Occupations in Northwest Lower Michigan  (2008 - 2018)
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 Programmers

Computer Systems Analysts

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

Computer User Support Specialists

Data Warehousing Specialists

Database Administrators

Database Architects

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

Web Administrators

Web Developers



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

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